(Closed) Timeline, early ceremony w/ reception immediately after.

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Our wedding day was like this:

6am: Hair and make-up arrive and get started on women, men shower and dress

9am-10am: Photographers take pics of men

10am-11am: Photographers take pics of women

11am-11:30am: Drive 10 minutes to venue, get in position for ceremony

11:30am-12pm: Ceremony

12pm-1pm: Cocktail hour for guests, family and wedding party pictures in another area of the venue 

1pm-4pm: Lunch reception

6pm-2am: After party with friends

Post # 3
2979 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Do you want to a first look and get pictures family/bridal party or just you two?

My photog recommended to start a ‘big’ first look 2h prior to the ceremony. That gives time for transportation to/from, about 1 hour of photos, then time to touch up makeup before the ceremony.

For a smaller first look ( just you 2), she rec’d to start 1-1.5h prior. That’s 20-30m photos, transport time, and makeup touch up time (depending on how far you’re travelling and how much time to rest before the ceremony).

So if you did want to do that, you’d just need to make sure you’re ready either 1-2h ahead of time.

So, working backward, you’d look like

11:30 am ceremony

9:30 am Leave for big first look

9:00 am get dressed

8:15 am Makeup

7:45 am hair

7:00 am wake up and shower

How long is your ceremony? You will still be able to do pictures after the ceremony too. Get a shot list of what you want done – ie Grandma, Mom, Bride//Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Dad, Bride etc. Get a full list and then the photog can easily wrangle people.

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