Post # 1
- Wedding: October 2017 - CounterPoint
Hello! I have a bit of a dillema. My fiance and I are getting married in downtown Kansas City at a venue which is surrounded by a lot of tall buildings. Because of this we thought we could take the majority of our pictures before the ceremony to cut back on guest wait time between the ceremony and reception (it’s all at one venue). Our photographer on the other hand recommended that we only do family photos before the ceremony and take up to two hours between ceremony and rehersal for couple and wedding party shots for the “golden hour.” This is absolutely not going to happen; I refuse to make my guests wait this long to eat dinner. I was wondering if I could get some thoughts on whether or not the golden hour really matters in a downtown setting and how much time you’d recommend for photos between ceremony and reception.
Post # 2
It rained in our wedding day and was overcast all day so no golden hour pictures for us. I still adore my pictures. And as far as I’m concerned you get 1 hour between the ceremony and reception for pictures and a cocktail hour should be hosted during that time.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
Our ceremony and reception was on the same site too. We carved out an hour and a half between the ceremony and reception for photos, and the guests enjoyed a cocktail hour while we did our shoot. It was important to DH and I to not see eachother before the ceremony, so a shoot beforehand wouldn’t have worked for us. I will say though that we had a shot list and timeline planned out in advance to maximize that time…I think we only ran 10ish minuted behind.
Post # 4
We will have a 2 hour gap between our ceremony and reception for photos, also all at the same venue (so a 2 hour cocktail hour). But our ceremony starts at 3:30 so our guests won’t be waiting for ages to have dinner. When is the ‘golden hour’ in October in Kansas? Can you move the ceremony earlier so that your guests don’t have to eat ridiculously late? If you provide appetizers and drinks and maybe some kind of entertainment during the cocktail hour, I don’t think 2 hours is too long!
Post # 5
We did a golden hour session, but we had a morning wedding, so we just did that after it was already over. We had one hour between the ceremony and reception where we took photos with everyone else, and a few with each other. We had a coffee bar, with baristas, etc. instead of cocktails.