(Closed) How much time to allot for pictures downtown?

posted 7 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m not from Chicago but am from Boston so I know what you mean by traffic. I would allot an hour and a half. This gives you time to account for traffic and travel in between locations.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I am not having my wedding downtown, but I live and work in the city so I think you will definitely need more than an hour. I would say 1.5 – 2 hours since you will probably want several different backgrounds. You have to move the whole bridal party to each spot, set up, do differnt poses and combos, and take in to account the fact that you might have to wait for cars/strangers to pass in certain spots and get out of the background. Based on the fact that Chicago has traffic at all times and all days, give yourself enough time and go longer!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m not sure where you’ll be coming from and going to, but I would certainly give more than an hour for Sat evening in Chicago.  Depending how where your reception and ceremony are, maybe you could take pictures before if you really want the downtown shots?  I lived there for 5 years and once had to wait for a wedding party for close to 2 hours to take pictures when the ceremony and reception were in Lakeview and they went downtown… Sat evening about 5pm-ish.  Let’s just say we were all hungry and little irritated. 

We alloted 4 hours in SF and I don’t think it was enough time with transport and then the actual picture taking.  The actual pictures in themselves took close to an hour or 90 minutes and I don’t think we have enough pictures… It will always take longer than anticipated.  🙂

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We had two hours from 2-4 pm in downtown…and I didn’t get to go everywhere we wanted! It takes more time than you think (esp. if you are downtown, on lakeshore, etc) to get between places. I think it all depends on where you are going. The museum campus, millenium park have so many weddings, so parking can be tough to.

We started from our Hotel on Wacker (we had a trolley) and went to the financial district at LaSalle/Jackson, then went to Union Station, and then to the Modern Wing at the Art Institute- then to our Church on Michigan at that took 2 hours.

Good luck!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you want multiple locations you HAVE to do pics beforehand…Do a great first look, then allot 3-4 hours before the ceremony for pics. It could take 15-20 mins to get to each location and set up. You don’t want your guests to be waiting over 2 hours for you back at the cocktail reception.

Another option is to just pick 1-2 locations to do full wedding party photos that day. And then book your photographer again for a few hours the following day or week, and get dressed up again and just go you and your husband to all of the other locations. My friends did that last year in NYC and it was great. They were relaxed b/c they were not rushing and got some great shots at multiple locations!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I had a fun “Catholic gap” of 4 hours, so time wasn’t a huge issue but we did make a schedule and stick to it.  I would definitely get your photographer’s opinion in putting together yours, since he/she is going to be the one trying to get all the shots in!

For the longest locations (bridal party & bride/groom portraits), we stayed 30-45 minutes.  For others, it was a quick 15 minutes — for example, we stopped at the LaSalle Street bridge, did a few group shots and couple shots, and were on our way. 

Getting from location-to-location totally depends on where you’re going.  We just had normal traffic in the loop and had assumed 15-20 minutes travel time between each location.  We didn’t have to wait at any locations, but I can see that also being an issue if you’re going to more popular places (the Bean, Wrigley building, etc.).

If you’re interested, here’s where we visited in 4 hours: Twin Anchors Bar, Lincoln Park Lily Pond, North Avenue Beach, LaSalle Street bridge, Kinzie Street bridge.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Where is your reception?  Is it also downtown?  

I would a lot 2.5-3 hours for picture taking and travel to three different locations.  Keep in mind that you want to allow some room for traffic and any other emergencies.  I’ve been in a few weddings as a bridesmaid and it seems like every wedidng party goes to similar locations so your party maybe waiting for the previous group to leave before you can take your picture.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree with PP that said do a first look.  It is worth it to have that extra time to take pictures and than YOU and your Bridal Party can go to cocktail hour.  Its genious.

We got married downtown the Sunday before Memorial Day.  I’ll give you my timeline so you can get the jist of it.  We really did not want guests to wait between the ceremony/reception.

  • 1:00pm – First Look – Hard Rock Hotel – Michigan and Water
  • 1:15pm – Walk to Garden – Photos along Michigan Ave, Millenium Park
  • 2:00pm – Picked up by trolley
  • 2:15pm – Photos at Madison and La Salle
  • 3:15pm – Photos at Kinzie Street Bridge
  • 4:00pm – Photos at Cancer Survivor’s Garden – Randolph all the way east
  • 4:30pm – Ceremony
  • 5:00pm – Ceremony Ends
  • 6:00pm – Cocktail Hour at Hard Rock Hotel

I wrote the streets down so you can see we really had no time to travel more than a few miles away in a 3 hour time slot.  FI wanted to take pics at Us Cellular or North Ave but there was no way with weekend traffic that that would happen. I am hoping we can do more pics when we have a dress up day in the future. 🙂

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Another thing!  Be prepared!!!  Another wedding party showed up on La Salle when we were there and had to wait a good half hour for us to finish before they could take pics.  I would not be happy about waiting!

Another great shot is near the Adler Planetarium but that place is also very popular and security there told me buses are lined up waiting ALL day long on the weekends.  

Good luck!

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