(Closed) how long for receiving line and family pics?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

Receiving line should be no longer than 20 seconds a person.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I had the same problem. Now since my in laws prefer the reception to be in the afternoon this will give us plenty of time to do the couple shots ‘BEFORE’ the ceremony will start. This of course depends abit on the photographer you have chosen. If he has no time limit, that’s great. If you booked him for a certain amount of hours I would rather cut an hour towards the end and have him allocate more time for you guys to take the couple shots without any rush prior to the ceremony.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2003

As a photographer, I never take more than 30 minutes for all of the formals. My goal is ten minutes (fifteen tops!) for all the family images than I have fifteen
 to twenty with the bride and groom alone. And way to go, Cupcake 🙂 I love when brides and grooms don’t want to see eachother before the ceremony!

Hope that helps!

Bobby  

http://www.bobbyearle.com 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Our photographer also said around 30 minutes for the family shots, which he intends to do primarily before the ceremony, although we want some outdoor sunset shots late in the reception.  We decided we really need to see each other before the ceremony, although we will have a presentation "moment" to capture for posterity.  The reasons is, my Fiance is really tender-hearted, and we know he will cry.  He’d like to get it back together by the actual ceremony.

We will have probably ~130 guests, and are not planning on a reception line.  A lot of things I have read indicate that for 100 or more guests, the line gets too long, and its more polite to circulate during the cocktail hour and reception and talk to everyone more intimately.  Besides – I always hate reception lines, no matter which side I’m on.  And Fiance and I want to have a chance to actually remember talking to our guests (and vice versa).  More work for the bride and groom, obviously, but worth it for us.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2003

Great post Suzanno! I would only add that photos of your Fiance not having it together would be priceless! I mean, what bride doesn’t want to see photos of her man falling apart (in a good way 🙂 at the idea of marrying her! Just something to think about

Here’s a great example of that. This groom…

http://www.bobbyearle.com/whitewedding

…was falling apart! It was so sweet. He had me tearing up while I was taking photos 🙂

Bobby Earle

http://www.bobbyearle.com 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We thought so too BobbyEarle (as did our photog) – and since there are rooms for us to get ready at the venue, and the photogs will be there very early, we are going to have a sort of "presentation" about an hour before the ceremony – he and his brother (the best man) will stand somewhere (they and the photogs have scoped this out, I’m not sure of the location) and then they will announce me and I’ll walk in… and hopefully that will give us time for photos of crying but will time to repair the damage before we have to face the guests!  We are also thinking, from the way my dad acted at my sister’s wedding, that he will lose it too…  but probably not until I dance with him.

I would point out, cupcake, that there are a million formal pictures that can be taken without you and the groom together – you and your parents, you and your BMs, groom and his parents, groom and GMs, BMs and GMs, etc…  My sister’s husband didn’t want to see her in her dress before the wedding, and we still spend 20 minutes total taking pictures beforehand.  Then there was about 10-15 minutes of pictures with all of us after, the wedding party and parents went to entertain the guests, and my sister and her husband had about another 10 minutes with the photographer before they showed up at the reception.

You should really coordinate this with your photographer – discuss what pictures will be taken when, and he/she can tell you how much time they need at each point.  Our photog has been invaluable to me as far as scheduling, as he has done this so many times he knows all the various different ways it can be done.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

There is one thing to keep in mind during the reception line. We are planning to go around the tables while people are eating. That way it does not interupt the program flow of the evening too much. We definetly will mingle with some of the guests prior during the hors d’oeuvre hour but that won’t be enough time. Make sure that you do not spend more than 2-3 minutes per table. Imagine if you have 20 tables that is already 40-60 minutes!! Just a thought…

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