(Closed) Huge gap btw cermony and reception…what does your timeline look like?

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
  • poll: If you had to pick, what would you rather NOT capture photography-wise?
    getting ready shots, who cares what your dress looks like on the hanger? : (25 votes)
    54 %
    end of reception shots, no one wants to see you stuffing cake in each other's faces anyway. : (21 votes)
    46 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee

    We also have a long “Catholic gap” between our 11:30am ceremony and our 5:30 pm reception.

    As far as the guests are concerned: most of them are going to be out-of-towners traveling to the city where Fiance and I now live to attend the wedding. For many of them it will be their first visit. We are putting an extra page at the end of the program with suggestions for fun things they might do to spend the time until the reception starts.

    As far as photography goes: we hired our photographer to do ceremony and posed photos only. The posed photos will be at the church before the ceremony and then a few at other locations right afterward (we have to clear out of the sanctuary to make way for another wedding!) We are not doing “getting ready” shots or “stuff” shots of the dress on a hanger, the shoes, etc., because I don’t like them – I feel they focus too much attention on the superficial and material trappings of the day, whereas I want to focus on the people who are there to celebrate with us.

    For the reception, we’re hiring a friend to get some shots for us. I know that a lot of Bees are adamant about not wanting “friendors” as photographers, but this is definitely the right solution for us. She is a professional photojournalist at a local paper, and for what we want and need, she is a good fit.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Photographer onsite 12:30-8:30 pm (just through beginning of dance)

    12:30-Getting ready shots

    1:30-Ceremony

    2:30-Receiving Line

    3pm-Fam pics at church

    3:30-5:30pm – Bride/Groom & Bridal party pics around town

    3pm-4:30 – “Social” (at venue) – can someone one/place host a “social” that out of town guests or extended family can stop at between the ceremony & cocktail hour?  It could be *optional* (not everyone will stop) and can be very informal. (??? just a thought)

    4:30-5:30 – Cocktail hour (at venue)

    5:30 – Reception

    5:55 – Cake cutting

    6pm – Dinner

    after dinner, speeches and first dances, dance

     

     

     

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Just out of curiousity…why are you cutting your cake before dinner or your first dance?

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    oh wow its split vote so far, I think that maybe compromise of both, have less getting ready shots, and less end of reception shots, really you most likely won’t display either pics in your home anyways.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I had the same dilemna.  We decided to get the “getting ready” shots than the later-in-the day photos because at that point, my makeup isn’t as clean and we’re probably a bit tipsy.  And, I don’t want pictures of me looking tipsy. 

     

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @littlegraykitten:  “Tipsy” is the operative word.  I really hope I keep it together.  lol  //  We’re getting ready at the hotel and doing a “first look” there.  So, we’re planning to head to the church maybe 20-25 min earlier just so we can have a little bit of time to relax at church. 

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL! We are still in the process of finding a church, but all we can find so far only have a 1 pm slot available, and our reception starts at 6:30! I think getting ready shots are more important then them staying through your entire reception.

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Also, have you booked your photographer yet?  There are some photographers that will devote thier whole day to you and not charge you for extra hours.  Or if you are like me, cheap, I am trying to find who charges the least for what I need, but still have nice photos that don’t look like they belong in a JC Penny catalog.

    Post # 14
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    Worker bee

    Thinking out loud: 1:30 start time for the photog could work out (I’m envisioning the “finishing touches” of one last swipe of lip gloss, putting the veil on etc. vs. at the salon– I bet you could have a buddy of your FI’s shoot a few of the men wherever they’re getting ready) because you could leave almost all formal/posed portraits for after the wedding with such a big gap. Then all the fun/artsy shots during the gap as well. A lot of couples do first dance/cake cutting ahead of the dinner, so you can get some great mingling candids during cocktail hour and then the ‘money shots’ of cake cutting and first/parent dances before the photog would need to cut out at 9:30. Also, a lot of photogs are willing to add on an hour day-of for a bit more money (our package is mid-range, pricewise, and it’s only an additional $150 for an extra hour of shooting if we find we need it that night).

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    You can’t ask you photog to stay a little later than 8 hours?  Ours is for 8 hours, but he said he would stay for a per half hour charge as long as we needed.

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