(Closed) Pictures/cocktail hour/ not missing a minute

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We did not have a first look either.  We ended up having photos after the ceremony while the guests enjoyed cocktail hour upstairs (ceremony, cocktails, reception all in one venue).  We spent about an hour on pics, then we made our entrances which started the reception.

The whole point of cocktail hour is to have something for your guests until you arrive.  Cocktail hour is not for the bride & groom, it’s for the guests 🙂

Post # 4
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

If you don’t want to miss any time with your guests, you are going to have to do a first look and do all portraits before the ceremony. If you are okay with missing 40ish minutes (depending on the size of your respective families) you can do all individial photos (bride, bride + maids, bride + groomsmen, bride + bride’s family, groom, groom + groomsmen, etc.) before the ceremony. That way you only need to do your couples portraits, full bridal party portraits, and full family portraits after the ceremony.

We wanted to maximize time with guests, so we did a first look and all photos before the ceremony. Right after the ceremony we spent 15 minutes alone to soak in what just happened, and then we went to cocktail hour. I HIGHLY suggest attending your cocktail hour. We had so much fun at ours. 🙂 We also scheduled a day-after photo shoot. That way we could have couples portraits from our actual wedding day and have a second opportunity to get photos on a more leisurely schedule another day. It was one way we planned to make sure that we didn’t feel rushed or pressured. And I got to wear my dress again. Bonus points!


Post # 5
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

If this is an option, you could do ALL of the photos except you and your husband, and then you will have to limit the number of those. Of course you’ll also have to do a few family photos. I feel you could do all this in 30-45 minutes and that’d be okay.

Post # 6
11693 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@future-mrs:  We’re doing pictures of the seperate bridal parties and bride + family, groom + family before the wedding (that’s the plan) and then just the ones with both of us afterwards.  Our ceremony is at 5:30 over by 6:00 cocktails until 7:00 or 7:30 (in case we’re running behind) dinner at 7:45.  Everything at one spot.

Post # 7
1669 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We’re going to try to knock out all the family pictures before the ceremony, we’re also doing a first look. You could try to knock out all the pictures that you two are not in together before the ceremony. SO and I will take some additional pictures at the reception venue for the first half of cocktail hour, and then we will be joining the end of cocktail hour.

Guests should never be standing around with nothing to do. Cocktail hour will hopefully entertain them while we snap some extra shots, and then we are 100% attending the second half of it because YUM butler passed nibbles.

Post # 8
3276 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

This is exactly why we are doing a first look. I would feel so guilty leaving people after the ceremony while we take picture, I find it very rude and selfish. We will have all wedding party, bride, groom, and immediate family pics before the wedding and about 20 minutes for full family portraits after the ceremony while everyone drives to the reception. I think I will enjoy our wedding soo much more this way!

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