(Closed) How much time is enough time for family and bridal pictures post ceremony?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: How long did you allow for after ceremony wedding photos?

    Less than 30 minutes

    30mins-45 mins

    1 hour

    More than 1 hour

  • Post # 3
    737 posts
    Busy bee

    @sunshinewish15:  We had 40 minutes for family/friend group shots at my daughter’s recent wedding.  We were organised with one person from each family given the responsibility to organise the relevant people.  It was rushed.  We then spent a further 1hour for bridal and bridal party shots around a garden.  It was tight but we did it.

    Some of the shots could have been better posed if we had the time to shuffel people around in the group, or make sure dresses were properly draped, but overall, it went well.

    Post # 4
    371 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @sunshinewish15:  at my friends wedding they had an hour and a half.  30 mins for each group; family, then wedding party, and then couple.  It was really rushed.  The family took a long time to get posed and ready to go.  The bride ended up cutting people off when family was trying to add extra shots, and just asked them to please do them at the reception…which they did.  It was a nice alternative.  When her sister got married, they alloted more time but they had a second photographer and my friend said there was tons and tons of time!  so I guess it depends if you have two shooters.

    We’re doing aprx 30 mins for family (we have a really small family on both sides) and then 1.5 hours for wedding party and couple shots.

    I agree with previous poster….definitely organie it well and have someone from each family responsible for the round up 🙂

    Post # 5
    7547 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Will those be your only photos with your new husband? I would give an hour for the bridal party and family as well as an hour for just the two of you.

    Post # 6
    543 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    hey we are trying to only have 30-40 minutes between our ceremony and reception, so i have  no advice how it WILL work out  but my plan is to have my photos with my family/bridesmaids taken around 230 pm, then have the grooms,family,and groomsmens photos done around 4pm

    so after the ceremony the only pictures we need and me are groom

    and me with groomsmen, him with bridesmaids

    and one of us with both parents, one of us with the other set of parents 

    and the rest can be candid throughout the reception! 

    Post # 7
    499 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    For us, ceremony starts finishes at 4 and reception begins at 6:30. Giving about 45 mins to a hour for family and then an hour and a half for bridal party and bride and groom shots.

    Post # 8
    850 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We’re starting the day with 90 minutes of candid shots with our families (not doing a bridal party) and us getting ready at our house in separate rooms. First look + 45 minutes of just Fiance and I, either on the first floor of our house or in the park across the street. 45 minutes of more formal family shots. So 3 hours total before the ceremony begins. We’re not missing cocktail hour after the ceremony for photos. We really splurged on photography and I don’t think 3 hours of shooting is required, but we’re excited about it and happy that we don’t have rush through the day or miss time with guests who traveled so far to celebrate with us.




    Post # 9
    2424 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Oh darn I answered the poll wrong. We had at least an hour of post-ceremony pictures, 30-45min of which were family and bridal party formal pictures. I answered the poll thinking you were just asking about family/bridal party pictures.

    Post # 10
    1478 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

    posting to follow and wonderinf if those who had first look spent less time on photos after the ceremony, i really dont want to miss all the cocktail hour

    Post # 11
    11226 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We have an hour total scheduled for Bridal Party and family photos (30 minutes for each, to be done pre-ceremony and then we have more time post). TBH, we don’t need a million family photos; there are only so many combinations you can do.

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