Post # 1
We’re having a smallish (is 100 ppl smallish?) wedding that we’re designing to feel like an intimate affair. We want to spend time with our guests and have built in ways to at least speak to everyone. But when do we do pictures?
Our wedding and reception, hopefully, will be in the same place. People will move right from the ceremony to brunch. Do we slip away for photos then? We’re going to take pictures on the grounds.
The ceremony will start around 10am and I’m hoping everything will be over by 2pm. Should we do photos after? I’m afraid I won’t look as flawless (if that’s possible) by 2pm.
Post # 3
We have a timeline similar to yours. 11:00 ceremony, reception from 12-4. 91 people on our guest list. We’re doing a first look and then bridal party photos before the ceremony. Our ceremony will be about 15 minutes long and then there will be a receiving line at the chapel entrance. I figure that will take anywhere from 15-30 minutes. Then we’re going to do family photos. After family photos I’m hoping for about 15 minutes alone with Fiance just to sort of bask in the moment 🙂 At 12:30 we’ll make our entrance at the reception. I figure if for whatever reason we don’t get time for bridal party photos before the ceremony, we still have 45-60 minutes between receiving line and reception entrance and we’ll squeeze them in there.
I also thought about doing pics at the end, but I was too worried that I’d mess up my dress at some point during the day, so I vetoed that idea pretty quick. I am considering, if everyone leaves before 4, changing into a cute going-away outfit and squeezing a few more pics of me and Fiance out of my photog before our time with her is up.
Post # 4
thank you @heykaraoke ! so give me some suggestions:
1st — i forgot all about family photos. egads. that may end up being a problem. nearly our entire wedding guest list is family (we both come from very large fams). maybe just parents/grandparents? siblings???
we don’t have a wedding party. since very few of our friends will be there, a bridal party didn’t make sense. i have a son from a previous marriage and he’s going to be the best man. i’ll want photos of the three of us for sure.
how long should we even allow for photos? i don’t want it to be a big production.
what are so i googled first look photos. YES! That’s what we need. that will help us out with the timeline so much.
now i’m thinking
- first look photos that also include my son in a few
- a few with family after the ceremony and before the reception
- more candids (including cake cutting, first dance)
very low key. whaddya think?
Post # 5
I think that sounds great 🙂 and yeah, if you’ve got a giant family, I’d keep the formal family portraits to immediate family – parents, siblings, your son.
As for how long for pics, I think your photog can give you a rough estimate on that. Mine says 30 minutes is more than enough for her to get a lot of great shots, but I overbudgeted on photography time just in case something goes awry. And also because I want a TON of pictures, haha.
Post # 6
@HeyKaraoke: thanks for your feedback! i hope your getting hitched goes off without a hitch! 🙂