(Closed) Time between ceremony and reception for pictures?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How much time between your ceremony and reception for picturess?

    >30 minutes

    30 minutes-1 hour

    1-2 hours

    2+ hours

  • Post # 3
    4192 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    We took about 20 minutes of photos during the cocktail hour, but we did a first look/bridal party photos beforehand, so we had a total of about 3 hours of photos before the ceremony.

    Post # 6
    1812 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    My photographer blocked a half hour of photos for the women, then a half hour of photos for men *before* the ceremony, and then group shots for a half hour right after the ceremony. I didn’t know which option to vote, because my vote is exactly 30 minutes but I put 30-1hr.

    Post # 7
    7899 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    We did all our family pictures and formals and then some bride-and- groom portraits in the hourbetween the ceremony andcreceptions, we had plenty of time and took a lots of pictures. Good photographer know how to make things go quickly. 

    Post # 8
    479 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Well we did 1st look photos but before we changed it our photographer block about 45 minutes to about a hours for us to take pictures giving ppl time to move around, talk and get a little something to snack on.

    Post # 9
    5473 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We did not do a first look, so all of our pictures were between the ceremony and reception- but we did have cocktail hour for our guests while we were doing photos.

    It took us right at an hour to do all the photos.  We started with grandparents and parents so they could go directly to the cocktail hour and greet guests and mingle.  We did wedding party photos for the rest of the time, and once we were done we had our entrance and the reception began.

    Luckily, our ceremony and reception were at the same location, but on two different floors of the clubhouse.

    Post # 10
    4673 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    we didn’t have a first look.  I think family pictures took around 15-25 minutes for us (my family was quick, easy & simple, DH’s was larger and a bit more complicated!) Then we left to go to a barn to take formal pics with us and the bridal party, that took us around 45 min (I would have liked more time here though, we got a bit lost on the way and lost some time too…) We did do some pics before the ceremony; me with the girls and him with the guys.  

    Post # 11
    9795 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m planning for about 45 min for a first look, then an hour and a half for bridal party pictures beforehand.  Then probably about 15 min for some bridal party at the venue, then 45 min for formal pictures at venue.  All before the ceremony.  I will probably do a few after the ceremony.  But I don’t see it taking longer than 30 min.

    Post # 12
    11231 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Since we’re going a first look and party photos before the ceremony, probably less than 30 minutes. If I can remember the breakdown right (and we’ll have two photogs), 30 minutes for party photos (bridesmaids/bride, groomsmen/groom), 15 minutes for first look, ceremony, and then 30 minutes for photos after. She said 45, but I really want to keep it under 30. I just don’t see how we would need 45 minutes for photos after–I only want a few pictures with family, and there are only so many configurations you can do anyway.

    Post # 13
    1327 posts
    Bumble bee

    We did three hours in total between Ceremony and Reception. 1 hour was for family and 2 hours was for us (we didn’t have a bridal party). We ended up with so many wonderful photos both family and of us. There is no way we could have gotten such nice photos with only 30 minutes, we had photos done at a show garden so there were many places for beautiful photos, lots of walking too.  We ended up being about 30 mins late for our dinner, but oh well nobody minded lol.

    Post # 14
    2779 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I think ours works out to be 3 hours or so, based on when we are allowed into the reception venue and when the church was available for a ceremony.

    Post # 15
    2779 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013


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    @vorpalette:  Wow you’re really cutting your couple photos down to a bare minimum.

    Post # 16
    1290 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Ceremony is 3:30-4:00
    Family photos until 4:30
    Fiance and my photos until 5:00

    5:00 and on – cocktail hour and reception.

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