(Closed) Need help deciding time!

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

i vote early, it will give you more reception time!

We are doing

3- ceremony

3:30- cookie and cocoa hour

4:30 people get on the bus for the reception

5:00 reception till 11.

Post # 6
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193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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 # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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. 

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