(Closed) Let's try this again – help with ceremony time please!

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It depends on how big your wedding party is, how many family shots you want etc.  For my sisters wedding a month ago, she got a total of 1200 photos.  This included 45minutes of staged photos after the ceremony.  She got a re-enactment of the ceremony (it was religious and the photographer was asked not to take photos during it), bride and groom, Bride/groom/wedding party, bride/groom/maids, bride/groom/men, bride/groom/her parents, bride/groom/his parents, bride/groom/her siblings, bride/groom/his siblings, bride by herself, groom by himself. I don’t think that a 2:00 wedding, and a 6:00 dinner is to long for guests especially if you are providing food and entertainment in the meantime.    

Something to think about.  Its not just how long the guests are waiting to eat.  Unless you have worked as a model, and are used to taking hours upon hours of pictures, you don’t want to drag pictures out to long.  Honestly after 45mintes to an hour, you’re going to be tired of standing up straight and smiling, your Fiance is going to be tired and you’ll both be ready to move onto celebrating.  I really like the idea of doing the important family pictures the day of the event, and then if you have your heart set on a ton more pictures, consider a rock the frock shoot a few days after the wedding.  If you’re not sure- ask a friend to take 15 minutes of photos of you and Fiance, and see how you feel after that.  You might decide a shorter photo shoot is better. 

Post # 4
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Have you considered doing some of the photos before the wedding?  Some couples decide to do a “First Look” before the ceremony; it’s basically a private shoot with just the couple and the photographer.  You get some of the photos out of the way, and you get a private moment to see each other for the first time.

If you don’t want to see each other before the wedding, you can still get some of the photos done before the ceremony.  My husband and I did this; we basically just stayed on opposite sides of the church so we wouldn’t see each other, and we got a lot of the family photos out of the way.  After the ceremony, we took a few more pictures, with just the two of us.

You might also ask your photographer how late will be too late for pictures.  Your photographer can probably advise you on how long you’ll need total for pictures, and how much light is needed to keep shooting.

Post # 5
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012


It might help to talk to your photographer as well. I know mine said that at different times the light can be an issue for outside weddings with taking photos. What about going back and doing some more photos of the two of you the next day?  My photographer suggested that as well if timing and photos were issues.  I was in a wedding and it took hours to take photos and it got old fast. The guests got bored and they ran out of food at the cocktail hour.  You may also make of list of where, who and what kinds of photos you want.  I did this and it helped a lot.  My photographer also toured the venue.

Post # 6
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

How long will your ceremony be. Most are like 15-20 minutes, which leaves you over 2 hours to change locations and take photos. That is ceriously more than enough. Traditionally, you only have an hour (the cocktail hour) for that.

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