Post # 1
I am working out the photography timeline and I was thinking
2pm: Bridesmaids and Bride pictures and Bridal portraits
3pm: Family combos that do NOT involve bride and groom seeing each other
3:30pm: Guys shots
4:00pm: last minute pictures and getting ready for the ceremony
5:00pm: Combined bridal party shots (two or three pictures)
5:05pm: Family pictures with bride and groom (siblings for each side of the family and parents and grandparents in about 7 combos)
5:20pm: Couple shots
5:40ish: Couple can join cocktail hour!
We really want to be able to join our cocktail hour because we are going all out for it and want to enjoy it but I have no clue if this is possible since we will not be doing a first look. Does this timeline work? Did anyone have a similar timeline?
Post # 3
@excitedtobeMRSF: I think you should talk to your photographer, but I think that you current schedule is unrealistic. I’m assuming you’re having a half hour ceremony. You’ll have close family congratulating you, even if you’re not doing a receiving line. It will take more than 5 minutes to get the bridal party assembled, posed and shot for a couple shots. The family shots, I’m not sure with that many people that 15 minutes to wrangle everyone into various groupings will be long enough. And I think that 20 minutes for couples shots may be cutting it close.
Your photographer can offer advice about how to schedule everything so you’ll have enough time for your photos. You may be able to sort out a way to make a cocktail hour appearance, but I think they’re a challenge when you don’t have first look photos. But tell your photographer about hoping to make it for cocktial hour and let them advise you. Someome who’s shot dozens of weddings might have some tips on how to make things run more smoothly and make it possible. Good luck!
Post # 4
@excitedtobeMRSF: Is your photographer bringing a second shooter?
Post # 6
Our ceremony will be 20 minutes according to the pastor so there should hopefully be a 10 minute buffer for greeters!
Post # 7
In that case completely unrealistic.. unless you don’t really care about the pictures. But i assume you do since you’re making a time line.
Give your photog your ceremony/cocktail hour/reception times and have him/her make a time line for you. Most do this without even asking.
Post # 8
Based on that timeline, there will be no time for the photographer to take detail shots (i.e. your dress, reception stuff). You are also assuming that everyone in the bridal party will have their full attention on getting their photos taken. While this is an ideal situation, it is not realistic. It is going to take longer to gather everyone and get the shots that you would like. Also, our photographer said it didnt make sense to take family shots without both the bride and groom together. We didn’t go that and it still look well over an hour to take our photos.