Post # 1
I already have a detailed timeline for my wedding. However, I just found out that I have the venue for an extra hour before the ceremony. Now I’m not sure whether to move the ceremony up by 30min or just leave it as is and leave lots of time for pictures. Right now I’m worried that the reception is too short. It has to end by 10:30 because of noise ordinances, so the only way to extend it would be to start earlier.
I’m not having a bridal party, so that will cut down a lot of time on pictures.
Also, our ceremony and reception are in the same place, so no travel time.
We have two photographers so they can shoot twice as many pictures in half the amount of time.
Hair & Makeup 1:00
Leave for Ceremony 3:00
Arrive at Ceremony 3:30
First Look 4:00
Bridal/Family Photos 4:15
Guest Begin Arriving 5:00
Ceremony Begins 5:30
Cocktail Hour 6:00
More Photos 6:00
Grand Entrance 7:00
First Dance 7:05
Cake Cutting 8:10
Sparkler Exit 10:00
Guests Leave 10:30
Post # 3
I think you need more time before the ceremony for photos. People will be arriving by 4:30 so you really only have 30 minutes of photos right now and that doesn’t go far.
Post # 4
@JenGirl: I do have another hour for pictures during cocktail hour though. Both of our families are small and we don’t have a bridal party, so that cuts out A LOT of photo time that would otherwise be needed
Post # 5
Can you do more pictures before, and shorten your cocktail hour so there’s more dancing time?
Post # 6
@BrandNewBride: I had thought about that. I just wasn’t sure since cocktail “hour” is typically an hour long
Post # 7
@Soon_To_Be_Mrs_T: I wouldn’t mind it! Especially if you’re doing light hours d’evours or just drinks!
I tend to think an hour is too long… Even though ours is an hour (no first look…)!
Post # 8
Yeah, but if you’re taking pictures during the cocktail hour, you don’t get to spend that time visiting with your guests. So if you get more of them out of the way you get to enjoy your social hour! And the cocktail hour doesn’t have to be an hour!! Have you asked your photographer about the timing – they would be the best person to tell if you need more photo time.