Post # 1
My fiance and I have been going back and forth trying to decide what time to have the wedding. We are planning on taking all of the pictures that we possibly can except the ones together (he really wants it this way, which is fine by me!) We have a couple choices for wedding times…4:00 pm, 4:30 pm, and 5:00 pm. We are planning on having a short ceremony, I would say 30 minutes tops. My fear is if we have it later, by the time we let everyone out of the church (we are doing a "semi-receiving line" letting everyone out row-by-row) and take our pictures, our reception time will be cut significantly, plus I don’t want people to have to wait at the reception for us too long. I am wondering for those of you that are married or aren’t married but have everything well thought out, how long does the "in-between stuff" take, and how long should we allow?
Post # 3
You will fill whatever time you give yourself (either taking pictures or decompressing)! For us our ceremony ended at 3 PM, cocktail hour started at 4 PM and dinner started at 5 PM. We took until 5 PM because we went out of the way to take some pictures at a different location.
How long is your reception? Where is the reception held (same location as ceremony)? Are you having a cocktail hour?
In reality if all your doing is taking some pictures together I would imagine 30 to 45 minutes.
Post # 4
My ceremony will begin at 6 pm, there is church from 4-5’ish and will last around 35 – 40 mins. Reception to follow! We are doing pictures before the ceremony so I don’t have to do them after.
Post # 5
i vote early, it will give you more reception time!
We are doing
3:30- cookie and cocoa hour
4:30 people get on the bus for the reception
5:00 reception till 11.
Post # 6
I am getting married at 6:00. From about 6:30 to 7:30 there will be a cocktail hour & hor d’oeuvres. Then at 7:30 everyone will go to the reception.
Think about doing drinks, snacks, or some fun activity for your guest during this "in-between" time.
Post # 7
To answer some questions…
1. Our reception site is down the road from our ceremony site. I just know I have a lot of family and friends from out of town, so I don’t want them to get impatient waiting.. We are going to have a semi-cocktail hour I guess while they are waiting.
2. We are having an hors devours reception. I know this probably doesn’t follow the rules of the wedding gods but I went to a wedding where they had an amazing spread of small foods. Trust me, this was enough to fill everyone up, but it was nice for people to have choices. So we will be having stations…
Post # 8
In that case, a lot of your guests may be eating before they come to the ceremony and won’t be sitting around starved. How about having music? Let your guests entertain themselves with drinks and music… ?
Post # 9
We based our timeline on the setting of the sun. Pictures are best taken ~1 hour before sunset. On our wedding day, the sun will set around 6:30. So we want to be finished taking pictures by 5:30. We have 60 minutes set aside for pictures, so they should start at 4:30. (We aren’t doing any ahead of time. Our guests will be at our cocktail hour while the rest of us take pictures.) The ceremony and reception site are 30 minutes apart, so we need to leave the ceremony site by 4:00 to get to the reception site to take our pictures. Our ceremony is SHORT so we’ll have it start at 3:30. Voila. Timeline done. Definitely ask your photographer how long they anticipate taking your formal pictures, that should help you figure it all out.