(Closed) How long for portraits after ceremony?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

We did the same thing (didn’t see each other).  We did as many single sided pictures as possible and left all group shots for the end.  We also didn’t have to factor in any travel time (ceremony and reception were in the same physical location).  We also had a ton more people in the group shots (5 siblings and their spouses, kids, etc.) – but, no formal wedding party.

Our ceremony was at 4pm – ended by 4:45 – pictures started by 5pm and were we done with all group and our couples shots by 6:30.  And we felt like we were all pictured out.  I

I’d say try to do 1 1/2 hours for all pictures – 2, if you think you want tons of them – that will give you some wiggle room (depending if you are walking around to different places for varied background).

EDIT TO ADD:  My Darling Husband still talks about wanting to join the guests at the cocktail hour.  HAD I realized this, I would have cut pictures a little earlier and had us join the time.  He never seemed to mind the timeline – but STILL talks about it.

Post # 4
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My photographer requested at least an hour and was very pleased when we told her there was already a 90 minute gap between ceremony end and reception begin times because she knows she can get all the shots in and not be rushed. 

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