(Closed) Post Ceremony Pics, how long?

posted 12 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think it would be best to talk to your photographer on how long they usually take.  I know it can vary with each one.  We’re only planning on spending 30-45 minutes TOPS on it, as our photographers say they like to focus on the energy and movement and get some good candids.  I know some brides though that have spent up to an hour and a half on post-ceremony pics.

Post # 4
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Here was our timeline:

Groom, Groomsmen and family pictures: ~45

Bride, Bridesmaid and family pictures: ~45 (both before ceremony separately) 

Ceremony ended: ~4:10

Pictures began right away. We had a whole group shot by the water and a lot of people stuck around to watch.

Everyone leaves for cocktail hour/reception: 5:15 (~25 minute trip in trolleys)

During cocktail hour, we did about 20 minute (or less) of pictures with the bridal party.

Post # 5
501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think it will vary just based on how many photos you want. For us, we’re not leaving a lot of time because I’m not really a fan of posed shots. Our photographer will arrive at 11:00 am for our 12:00 wedding. She will take some getting ready shots, then we’ll spend about 20 minutes doing portraits before the wedding. During cocktails we’re giving it about another 40 minutes for family shots, and we’re also planning on stealing away with her at some point during the reception for some shots of just the two of us.

Post # 6
45 posts

if you have a large list of shots with family and friends you want to get, then you should make adequate time for this to happen.  


for the actualy bridal photos, i would say 1 hour is probably good, with 1/2 hour for travel on each end if you’re changing location from reception.


keep in mind, most people get tired of modelling after abotu an hour or so, especially if it is hot outside.  for larger bridal parties, you may need more time.

Post # 7
1449 posts
Bumble bee

We did our pre ceremony pictures seperately because we didnt see each other before.  We started at about 4pm and finishe by 5:15.  After the ceremony we took pics with the whole bridal party, families and just us, which took just close to 90 minutes.  It wouldve taken only an hour if the limo driver didnt disappear on us.  We wanted to take pics by the lighthouse and he was no where to be found.  We waited 20 minutes until someone found it before we could leave to go over there so it set us behind about 30 minutes.

It really depends on the type of pictures you want and how many you want.  I would start the cocktail hour right when the guests arrive (if the ceremony ends at 2 and the drive to the reception takes an hour, I would start cocktails at 3).  Then you can skip the cocktail hour to take pics and drive to the reception site and enter once everyone is seated for dinner.

Post # 8
483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Well, we had about 20-30 mins. (we did a first look) to take formal pictures of me and my husband, then bridal party pictures. We used 45 minutes to take formal family pictures – and we didn’t have that many.

I was in a wedding with no first look, and there was a good 1.5-2 hours of taking formal pictures.

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