Post # 1
Fi and I saw our photographer yesterday and I’m a bit confused and concerned. Firstly, from when the reception ends and we go do our location shots, the photographer wants 2 hours… So that’s from the ceremony end time; 4:30 till our entrance at the reception; 6:30. Now the reception for guests can’t start until 6pm where they will be serve canapés etc until we arrive at 6:30… That means they have an hour and a half to kill between the ceremony and reception! What the heck do we do?! We don’t want to do our photos before the ceremony either 🙁 do guests mind having a gap to kill time between ceremony and reception and is it half expected? Is what I described more than reasonable or do I need to change it? Advice? Thanks!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
@continuumphotography: SOrry, I should have mentioned that she wants to do location photos at two different spots other than the ceremony and reception venu… Plus the ceremony and reception venu are 20 minutes apart….
Post # 8
@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
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
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
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
If they aren’t in the same place, I don’t think its a big deal.
Post # 13
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
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?