(Closed) Time For photographs between ceremony and reception too long?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would recommend an extended cocktail hour. Give ’em some drinks and food and they will be good to go!

As a guest, it’s kind of annoying to just be standing around…

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it depends.  I’d be really annoyed by a 2 hour gap if there wasn’t something put together to entertain me.  Are a lot of your guests local that they could go home?  If they’re Out of Town, I think you either need to do photos before or figure some other way to not have an excessive gap between the ceremony and reception.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

2 hours is REALLY long, we usually need 45 minutes in between, even less when we do the seperate shots before the ceremony. I would ask if theres a way to less that gap. That’s a lot!!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Why do they need 2 hours?  I’m not saying the request is unwarranted, but provide us with more information.  Are your ceremony and reception in the same place?  Does the photographer want to leave and go someplace specific?  As a photographer I rarely get more than an hour of portrait time, I could definitely use and fill 2 hours, but I can also get what I need in 1.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@Gemma_Leigh:  Well if it really doesn’t fit your vision of the day you can always say no.  You probably won’t regret the photos once you have them though.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We haven’t settled all this timeline stuff yet, but we are having a homemade photo wall, so I figure that will entertain the guests while we are getting our photo’s taken. Perhaps you could have some kind of entertainment like that?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t think it is a big deal. We have a 4.5 hour gap. Every wedding I go to has this gap and no one complains and everyone still shows up to the reception. Enjoy your pictures!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I know we have two hours in between the ceremony and reception and thats pretty normal and i don’t think its rude by any means, it’s the way it is.  if it’s that big of a deal then don’t go… also for all of my cousin’s weddings — who had time in between — we went over to one of our relatives for a drink and some snacks. you just want to make sure your guests arent waste before the wedding 🙂

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If they aren’t in the same place, I don’t think its a big deal.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Would it help to do a first look and get some of the photos out of the way before the ceremony and reception? If you provide food and entertainment the guests will be fine I suppose but I would prefer closer to an hour personally.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I wouldn’t be too upset as a guest if there were food/activities, but it seems like a long time for me as a bride to be missing out on time that I could be spending at a party with friends and family.

Have you considered doing the photos with the wedding party before the ceremony?

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