(Closed) Schedule of cocktail hour, split photography in 2 so we can have sunset photos?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How should we time our photos

    Split in 2, cocktail "hour" needs to be right after the reception

    Have them all at sunset, cocktail hour can be anytime.

  • Post # 3
    9437 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    You don’t need to split the cocktail hour. Have the hour long cocktail hour and get all the non-sunset/nighttime photos you want.

    By the time it’s time for sunset/nighttime photos your reception should be into the dancing portion so it’s easy to sneak out of the reception for 20ish minutes and get the photos you want done. My husband and I did this at our reception and it was simple. I’m not sure anyone even realized we left for a bit. 

    Post # 4
    30399 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Have your cocktail hour after the ceremony and take the majority of the pics.

    I see no problem with the two of you slipping out for a few pics at sunset. You don’t need to announce anything. The guests may not even notice. You can make sure the wedding party and your parents are aware and can deal with any queries.

    Make sure you are only gone for a short time however. Anything too long would be rude.

    Post # 7
    172 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    No one will notice! But be sure you like your photographers daytime photos, too – it could be raining or overcast and if you’re counting sunset photos…

    Post # 8
    9437 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

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    littlecats :  There’s really no reason your parents and wedding party need to be informed. We just organized it with our photographer. It’s not an event. You can just go without making it into a big thing or letting anyone know. Obviously, the MC will need to know so that he does announce any sort of event while you are away.

    Post # 10
    8453 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

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    littlecats :  Sounds like fun! I don’t understand why you’d have to cut the cocktail hour short or move it to later. You can have an hour-long cocktail hour after the ceremony regardless of whether or not you have an hour of photos. Best idea is just like PPs suggested: have cocktail hour (guests having cocktails, you taking pics until you’re done taking pics), have dinner (everyone eating), have games (guests playing games, you playing games until you sneak off quietly for 20 minutes and nobody notices), have dancing (everyone dancing). This is very normal. You don’t need to change anything in your day-of timeline.

    Post # 13
    4066 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    I would just do the photos when you think you will the happiest with the outcome, so in this case, evening.  Your guests will be fine or an hour while you take them.  I would just let people know what you are doing so they don’t think you left abruptly.

    Post # 14
    1238 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

    I had the same concern, but I did a little “reserach” and found that many couples do what PPs suggested; have a 1-hour photoshoot during the cocktail hour and then sneak out for about 15-20 minutes with your photographer. That’s what we’re planning to do. 🙂

    Post # 15
    3187 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

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    littlecats :  consider this: it might be cloudy and you might not get a sunset. It happened to us. We did all our pics pre-ceremony but planned about 20 mins for a sunset shoot…didn’t happen. No sunset. Sigh. So definitely don’t plan ALL your photos around sunset. Best to do them during cocktail hour and plan to sneak out later…there isn’t really any “setup” that happens for taking pics if they’re portraits

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