(Closed) time between ceremony and reception HELP!!!

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Um, you’re missing one piece of crucial info; when’s your ceremony? How long will it take (aka when does it end?)

Post # 4
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I would say if all the pictures without your Fiance are done before, you still need an hour between ceremony and reception to do pictures with him.

Post # 6
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

So we’re talking over by 6ish or more like 6:30?

And all you have to do is formal shots with your Fiance, no family or bridal party shots at all? …do you have to travel to your photography location? How long will that take? I would say, an hour to an hour and a half for a photography session should be plenty of time. I would say, depending on the ending time of your ceremony and travel time to and from the photography location to the reception venue you should aim to be making your grand entrance just at the end of the cocktail hour

(I’d REALLY try not to be any later than 8, and the excuse better be you were stuck behind a 6 car pile up if you are ;))

Another option is to keep coctail hour going until you get there, and then set a time between you & the photographer & stick to it as closely as possible. Is that an option?

Post # 8
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Kay, lets see.

Original time:
5:30-6:00 ceremony
6:00-6:45 family shots/bridal party
6:45-7:30 photos with Fiance
7:45-7:50 arrive at reception.
Outcome: shorter time for photography & very tight timeline that you might regret.
Guests have been waiting at venue since 6:30 with a half hour of doing nothing before cocktail hour.

New Time:
5:00-5:30 ceremony
5:30-6:15 family shots/bridal party
6:15-7:15 photos with Fiance
7:30-7:50 arrive at reception.
Outcome: longer time for photography, but at the expense of your guests, who have now been waiting since 6pm at your venue, a full hour before cocktails.

I don’t know what to suggest, frankly…other than really bumping up your ceremony time or doing some bridal party/family shots before the ceremony at the church as well?


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