Post # 1
Our ceremony and reception are at the same location and will be back to back, with a 1 hour cocktail hour between. In which I figured we would be taking family pictures. I was just thinking we could do a first look before the ceremony and take 2 hours for pictures beforehand.. well Fiance is really not okay with this and wants the first time he sees me to be walking down the isle. I honestly would prefer the first look being me walking down the isle also, but I really want pictures!! I dont know what to do.
If I move the ceremony up and hour, I feel like the guests will be annoyed. Since its at the same location I cant exactly tell them to leave for an hour and come back later.
Or I guess we could just try to cram in all the photos in the hour that we have before the grand entrance, but we need family pics and also our pictures.
Has anyone else had this problem, and what did you do?…
Post # 2
We had our ceremony and reception at the same location (in the same room even). We did our famliy and wedding party photos during the cocktail hour in between. We didn’t have much family and a small wedding party so it didn’t take up the whole hour and we had time for a few of just the 2 of us after. We also did photos afterthe reception. The last hour of our rental was for clean up time so everyone had left but we stayed with our photographers and took lots of photos outside. Our wedding was during the day so the sun was just starting to set while we did this. It made for great lighting and it was nice and relaxing to not have to worry about missing out on any part of our celebration because we were off taking pictures.
Post # 3
We had our ceremony and reception at the same location also. Honestly, I can NOT imagine doing all pictures during cocktail hour. By the time the guests clear out, you get back in (everyones going to want to hug and talk to you), there will probably only be 45-50 minutes left.
We did a first look and spent over two hours getting all the pictures we needed – I finally had to tell the photographer that the ceremony was starting in 10 minutes and I needed to pee and freshen up first! He wanted to do more and more.
The other option would be for you to do your pictures w/your bridesmaids beforehand, bridal portraits of just you, some of you with your family and same for your Fiance. Then during cocktail hour, do the combined shots.
Post # 4
We did all our photos beforehand. We wanted to be part of our cocktail hour and actually enjoy it! No regrets at all.
Post # 5
Not helpful, but we’re doing a first look, and all of our photos before the ceremony. The ceremony and location are in the same place as well. We’ve worked it so that we’ll leave and go right into the reception after the receiving line.
I agree with PP comment to do what you can before the ceremony. All ladies shots, men shots, whatever family shots you can get. That’ll make it easier after the ceremony.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2015 - Versailles Banquets (Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
I am so glad you posted this! This is one of the things that I keep circling back to. Neither one of us wants to do first peak. Our wedding ceremony will start at 5:30 (let’s say we will be lucky to start at 6 since the invitation says 5:30), but since it is in October, I read that sunset is at 7:25ish so we really do not have a lot of time for outside picture once the ceremony is done. We are doing all the birdal pictures (minus B&G), bridal portraits and family before hand. Then, after the ceremony and while our guests enjoy cocktail hour, my plan is to do as many pictures as we can with both of us and our family and bridal party. We have a VERY large bridal; 7 BM’s, 6GM’s, 5 Jr.BM’s, 2 FG’s and our dog as the ring bearer. Luckily, we do not have such big immediate families, so I think the hour and a half the venue has told us it will take to transform the ceremony into the reception will be enough time for all the picture we need.
Post # 7
First look before the ceremony is not an option. I figured we could take seperate bridal party pictures beforehand, and just cram photos into the cocktail hour. It is still going to be pushing it though.. Do you think making cocktail hour last an extra half hour would irritate guests? There is a park not to far, but I dont think we have time to go somewhere for pictures.
Post # 8
We had our ceremony and reception at the same venue as well, but we did a first look which saved us some time after the ceremony. I would definitely look into doing first touch photos if your Fiance is adamant about seeing you down the aisle.
You’ll be able to talk, hold hands, exchange gifts/letters, but you still won’t see each other. You can also get some photos with your side of the family and bridesmaids, while he gets some with his separately. Getting those photos out of the way will definitely save you some time during cocktail hour.
Another time saver is to give your photographer a list of all the combinations of family members and bridal party members you want a photo with after the ceremony. For example, bride and groom with groom’s parents, bride and groom with bride’s parents, etc… That way, you’re not wasting time figuring out if you got a photo with so and so.
Post # 9
we were told to allow at least 1.5 hours for the drinks reception so that we had time to actually enjoy it, but also had time for some photos. We ended up having the formal/posed photos taken as follows:
Shots of the groomsmen/bridesmaids/OH and his family/me and my family pre-ceremony
Entire bridal party, and solo shots of me during the drinks reception
Whole group shot after the meal, as well as shots of me and OH
So I’d certainly try to get any photos you can out of the way before the ceremony, and would consider extending the length of your cocktail hour to allow for photos in that time. Provided your guests have food, drink and music to keep them busy, they’ll be fine. Ours flew by and was 1 3/4 hours.
Post # 10
We did pictures before the ceremony.
We also had the reception and ceremony in the same location: in a museum historic home. Just different sections of the house were used for different things.
Post # 11
And we want to do a receiving line after the ceremony, we have a very large family so those pics are going to take forever, luckily the bridal party is 5 Bridesmaid or Best Man and 5Groomsmen. It just doesnt seem feasible to me. I am getting stressed out lol!! I think we will be okay with the sun, my wedding is in sept and sunset should hopefully not be untill 8-830. Ceremony will be at 5pm.
Post # 12
We didn’t do as first look either, and were worried about the timing, but we ended up having plenty of time. How it worked:
Ask family members to come early (we said ~1 hour, but probably didn’t need to be so early) and take all the pictures where the bride and groom are separate. Things like bride and bridemaids, bride and her parents, bride with flowergirls, bride with aunts and uncles, etc and vice versa for the groom and his side.
Then after the wedding before the reception, you just have a few to fit in, Bride and Groom with immediate family, full bridal party, and then sneak off with just the 2 of you for 15 minutes.
Granted, I’m sure we ended up with fewer pictures and poses than people who spend all day taking bridal party shots together, but we got great ones, and enough combinations to make everyone happy!
Post # 13
We had the ceremony and reception at the same place – 1 hour cocktail hour. We did not do a first look
Before the ceremony, we did pictures separatly – me with my mom, me with BMs, Groom with Groomsmen, Groom with his parents, etc. we also did individual shots of me during this time, individuals of DH’s Brother-In-Law and SIL, pics of the flower girl, pics with my sister, etc. Basically any pics that didn’t need to be bride and groom together
During cocktail hour, we did the ones we needed us together – us with parents, us with whole bridal party, and then all the pictures of DH and I. And we still got to enjoy 15 minutes of so of the cocktail hour!
During reception, the photographer nabbed us for 10-15 mintues after dinner to get a few more pictures as the sun was setting.
It’s totally doable depending on how many pictures you want and how many hav eot have both you and your DH in them (if you want individual pics of you and DH with each member of your Bridal Party, that will take longer. We didn’t do that).
Post # 14
You should really do a first look of photos are important to you. We did a first look at 2pm, then 1 hour of photos just the 2 of us, one hour of photos with bridal party (we did have a large party). Ceremony from 4:30 to 5:00. Family photos from 5:10-5:45. We arrived at cocktail hour at 6:00 And we did about 10 mins of sunset shots the 2 of us later on
i really really love our photos. I definitely don’t think we have too many and I could even do with a few more. And on the wedding day we did not have any time to spare. I guess one factor is that our wedding (ceremony and reception) was at a giant gorgeous botanical garden so we did have a lot of different settings we wanted to capture so there was some time spent walking to locations.
But seriously I dont know how people get lots of photos without a first look!
edit to add: oh plus I did shots with the bridesmaids from 1:30-2:00.
Post # 15
One other thing to add – any very large group photos, things like all the cousins together, all college friends, etc we actually took during the reception. While people were mingling and dancing was just getting started we had the DJ call out groups of people and we met just outside the room and took the larger group shots with both us us. worked great!