(Closed) No first look ladies- how long was your cocktail hour?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: No first look- how long for photos/cocktail hour?
    1 hour and it was enough. : (6 votes)
    50 %
    1 hour- it wasn't enough! : (1 votes)
    8 %
    1.5 hours : (4 votes)
    33 %
    2 hours : (1 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 2
    709 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    My photog has us scheduled for 30 min for bridal party/family pics & 1 hour for our bride/groom pics. She is very experienced, so I’m assuming it will be about right. We don’t have a large party though. 

    Post # 3
    242 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    MrsBuesleBee:  We took our photos during the cocktail hour. It started at 1 and we actually got done with the ceremony at the church and made it to the venue at 1230ish. We would have started then but we were still waiting for some people to arrive. The hour was enough time to get the majority of our photos. I would have loved more candids but that wasn’t due to a time issue but more so of a “omg, the day went so quick and I forgot to ask for these pictures.” As soon as the photographer was done with bridal party pics my bridal party went in and enjoyed some of the cocktail hour. My husband and I stayed a bit longer and then went in to enjoy the rest of the cocktail hour privately in the bridal suite. My photographer did pull me out of the reception for 15 minutes to do some solo pics. I didn’t mind that but I know some might.

    Post # 5
    82 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    I had the same concern and thought about making cocktail “hour” an hour and a half. Both Future Father-In-Law (who used to work in wedding bands) and my photog said an hour should be fine. Even though we’re not doing a first look, we’re going to try to do as many pics as possible before the ceremony (so like, me and bridesmaids, me and my parents, etc.).

    Post # 6
    1071 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    We didn’t do a first look either (the one thing Darling Husband insisted on!) and a small bridal party (3 on each side).  We got the pictures done in less than an hour.

    Post # 7
    509 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    MrsBuesleBee:  THANK YOU for doing this poll. I have been wondering on this too… we are not doing a first look either.

    Post # 8
    382 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: Cottage on the Creek

    same here – we have an hour allocated and the photographer said it would be plenty! I want to do bridal party/bride groom separate photos before – but how are you planning to do this without seeing each other? Groom go to venue take pics then go back to hotel?? OR are you taking pics separate places?? This is stumping me. 

    Post # 10
    460 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    The cocktail hour was 1.5 hours since we didn’t do a first look, although the ceremony ended slightly before cocktail hour started so we were able to get a 5-10 min jump start on family pics. We also went off site to do pictures (took a shuttle about 5 mins away).

    Add to that that we decided against a receiving line since our coordinator said they normally take 45 minutes for a wedding of our size and we didn’t have the time to spare. We did our best at the reception to get to every table. I say “did our best” because we really didn’t make it to every table however we hit all the family/adult family friends tables and for the friends our age we mostly just met up with them on the dance floor.

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