Post # 1
Okay, so I have my photographer for 8 hours, unlimited locations, unlimited number of photos taken.
My hair appointment is at 1:30 and should take about an hour. Then the whole wedding party is going to a hotel and getting ready in suites. I’m assuming we’ll be getting there around 3:30 or so and then I’ll be doing my make up and getting dressed and stuff there, so I’m sure there will be plenty of time to get photos taken with my girls and some family members and stuff there.
Now here is my worry! Our ceremony starts at 6PM, but our cocktail hour starts at 7PM! So the guests are going straight there… Dinner doesn’t start until 8PM. Is it ok for us to get there around 7:45 or so? That would give us like an hour for photos between ceremony and reception.
We do have him for a long time though at the reception, so will that make up for the small amount of time we have in between the ceremony & reception? I’m just worried there won’t be enough time for pictures with just me and Fiance…
We considered doing a first look but Fiance didn’t want to break tradition, so that option is out.
What do you think, will this be enough time??
Post # 3
How long is your ceremony? Will you start on time?
Fiance and I aren’t doing the first look either and are trying to cram all our pics between the ceremony and start of dinner.
No one will expect you at the cocktail hour and you can make your grand entrance after everyone has entered the reception. The only reason to show up earlier is if you want to see how it all looks (maybe you can get a friend to take some pics for you, if you can’t make it there).
Is there a lot of drive time between the ceremony and reception?
I’d carve out some must do pictures/locations and make sure you get those. I’d think you’d want some non-reception pics with you and your hubby and your photog will make sure you get those.
We talked to our photog about wanting to do it this way and she thought she could pull it off – but warned us it would be tight. We are extending the cocktail hour to an hour and a half to get both family photos and couple shots in. I’m bummed out we won’t be enjoying our cocktail hour, but it was worth it to not see Fiance before the ceremony!!
I’m a little nervous about rushing all the pics too – but I think it will work out ok!!
Post # 4
p.s. TALK to your photog about the timing. The most important thing is that they are on the same page with you and understand the kinds of photos you want.
Post # 5
there is like a 10 min drive between the ceremony and reception.
we’re not having a full mass ceremony, so i’m thinking it will last like 20-25 minutes or so… and we best be starting on time! lol
i’ll make sure i get it all planned out with the photographer, extending the cocktail hour unfortunately wouldn’t really work for us i don’t think because then people wouldn’t be eating dinner until at least 8:30 which is pretty late i think..