(Closed) How much time for photos before the ceremony?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

We generally try to do family photos after the bride and groom have seen each other.  Keeping them apart and still doing the family stuff can be difficult to coordinate and pull off logistically.  Definitely consult with your photographer and seek their input, as they will probably be able to give you a better idea on the sort of time required based on the number of people you’re trying to photograph, and what the location is like.  If you have two photographers one can do the bridesmaids and one can do the groomsmen, but it’s going to be a lot easier to do those family photos after you’ve seen each other.  There is a pretty good thread going on here now about first looks, if you’re at all open to the idea you should check it out!

Post # 4
1271 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m doing a first look.  My pre-ceremony photographer’s timeline is:

8:15-8:45 Bride & Groom

8:45-9:30 Bride & Groom and Immediate Family (which encompasses wedding party)

10:00 Guests arrive/seated

10:30-11:00 Ceremony

11:00-11:30 Pictures with Extended Family

11:45 Guests Seated, Grand Entrance and Toasts

Noon Brunch Served

Post # 5
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My photog said it would take roughly 45min to cover first look and bridal party shots, but our bridal party is small – 3 attendants on each side, plus parents and my brothers who are “ushers-but-not-groomsmen” and we’re not doing multiple locations.

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