Post # 1
So, I’ve seen a lot of stuff lately talking about gaps in time between the ceremony and the reception.
I know that some guests are anti-time gaps because they have to sit around for 2-4 hours and can’t make other plans.
Others are for the gap, so that they have time to change clothes and not rush if the reception is at a different venue than the ceremony.
Well, my question has NOTHING to do with any of that, so I thought I’d just get it out the way so people don’t start a debate! haha
If your ceremony and reception are at the same location, how long of a ‘gap’ is acceptable to take pictures? How long do pictures take?
To me, for some reason, I feel like taking pictures would take about an hour to get shots with just the B&G, then with the families, and then the whole bridal party. (we’d take Bride+bidesmaids photos… and groom+groomsmen photos before the ceremony to save time, then come all together for photos after the ceremony)
Is that about the normal time it takes to take pictures? Or am I just way off and its really only like 10 minutes?
What will the guests do while taking pictures? Our wedding is less formal… it’s daytime and will be serving appetizers and finger foods… no meal. So we don’t want them to snack the entire time before we get there, and then they are ready to leave once we show up!
Moral of the story: How long of a gap is acceptable for taking pictures when the ceremony and reception are at the same location?
EDIT: Oh man, I am so rambly and ranty, I apologize! It’s about 10PM here and I’ve been up since 4:50AM.
Post # 3
@LeonardLady: idk about length for pictures but I am interested to hear others answers. For your guests since your wedding is apps for your gap or “cocktail hour” I would just do drinks then and maybe have a cute slideshow or those wedding puzzles like crosswords and stuff.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
Our ceremony and recpetion are right next to eachother. We will do 30 minutes of bridal party and family photos before joining the reception. I think that is a good amount of time for guests to grab a drink, grab a snack, get settled in time for our grand entrance. We will do our couple portraits after the reception.
Post # 5
@LeonardLady: Okay so you have a difficult situation. We are sortof in the same boat, we have travel of 45 minutes from one to the other but that is for everyone. So we are taking photos beforehand and having a 45 minute “gap” (1.5 hours between with 45 mins travel) which consists of the last 30 minutes being “cocktail hour” of drinks on the deck of the venue.
With another 15 minutes of guests going in and settling down we end up with just on an hour for photos, or 1.75 with travel included throughout.
I would say, if you have nothing to entertain them, 20 minutes max you should leave them for. Up to 45 max if you have just drinks, but reaching an hour you need some sort of food and entertainment (PP mentioned a slideshow and games, that sounds super cute!)
Would/could you consider a first look and getting portraits done before the ceremony?
Post # 6
For all of those photos I would suggest giving yourself at least an hour and a half. You don’t want to skimp on photos with your new husband.
A lot of people will provide drinks and apps for their guests during that time. Honestly though I would say a “cocktail hour” should only last 30 mins to an hour max.
If you’re worried about the gap, have you thought about having a first look and doing your portraits before the wedding? If you did that you could cut your schedule down to a 20 – 30 minute gap to do family photos.