(Closed) Wedding Schedule

posted 10 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
44 posts
  • Wedding: July 2008

We’re doing ours after the wedding. Our wedding is at 4 so from 4:45 to 7:30- 8 we’ll be doing pictures. Our reception starts at 7:30 but we won’t arrive until 8.

A lot of people (including our photographer and pastor) suggested we do pictures before the ceremony to be "respectful" to our guests. Personally, when I go to a wedding I expect to have a wait between the ceremony and the reception. For me it is so important that the first time he sees me that day is when I walk down the aisle I would never consider doing the pictures before, and I think most guests understand that.

We’re doing a dance and a fingerfood style buffet for our reception.. so I don;t think any of our guests would expect us to start a dance at 5 in the afternoon! 

Post # 4
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

We are in the same situation as you are in; our ceremony/reception is in the same location. I am going to do some photos before and some after the ceremony while the guests enjoy the cocktail hour. I am going to take all of the pictures I possibly can before (We arrive at the venue @ 5 and the ceremony starts @7) and then take all of those that include the groom and I together (I don’t want to see him before the wedding) and the family that won’t arrive until the ceremony after the ceremony. Hope this helps!

Post # 5
46 posts
  • Wedding: February 2008

I think now it really depends on whether you want to see the groom (and vice versa) before the ceremony starts.

I was in a wedding last summer where we did pictures like ErinMarieMack described – all of the men took formal pictures together, then all of the women took pictures before the ceremony. Then after the ceremony it didn’t take nearly as much time to get the pictures of everyone together out of the way.

I’m doing pictures before the ceremony because I love our reception space but I’m not a huge fan of the ceremony space. We’re having our ceremony and reception in the same hotel, so we’re going to take pictures in the reception area before the ceremony so we can have a great background to our pictures and not hold up the guests. It’s totally personal preference!

Post # 6
41 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008

Also talk to your photographer for his opinion!! 

I was planning on doing photos before.  Our wedding and reception are outdoors with the ceremony starting at 6pm on June 14th.  He indicated that the light at 4pm is too harsh and would wash out the details of the dress and other details of faces and flowers and such.  He suggested the later the better for light purposes.  Since I want the absolutely best photos I’m taking his advice.  Luckily we planned a cocktail "45 minutes" after the ceremony so we’ll do the pictures then.  I guess all of my guests are going to get to watch us take photos.  Oh well.


Post # 7
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We’re doing photos before because our time in our reception space is limited, so we want to spend as much time as possible with our guests afterward. If that wasn’t the case, I’d probably do males and females before then group shots afterward with a cocktail hour.

Post # 8
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

We’re doing pictures during the cocktail hour.  My ceremony starts at 10am (early!) and ends at 1130 (full mass).  Since it is very important to me to have my Fiance sees me for the first time when I walk down the aisle, we cannot do pictures before the ceremony, plus it’s way too early anyways.  So we will do formal portraits with family at the church after the ceremony (1130-12) and they will head to the cocktail hour at 12 at the hotel where we’re having the reception. During the one hour cocktail hour, Fiance and I will be off taking pictures!  I think the guests expect that there is a time between the ceremony and reception that they won’t see you because you will be off taking pictures, at least at all the weddings I’ve been to. 

Post # 9
11 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

sorry this was stolen WB time, I didn’t read ALL the responses, I hope I don’t repeat.

Why don’t you each take photos with your bridal party, family ect. BEFORE the wedding, and then take your photos together afterwards. At least then it won’t take AS long as it would if you were trying to get your whole photo list done after the wedding.


Good luck!

Post # 10
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I think it really is your preference and your time frame. Some couples are adamant about not seeing each other ahead of time, and I do love watching the groom’s face the first time he sees his bride walking down the aisle. For us though, we’ll be doing ALL of our pictures ahead of time. Ceremony is 6:30, cocktails at 7, and we want to enjoy our cocktail hour, and mingle (we’re having about 225 guests). Some people have said it calms their nerves to see each other ahead of time. My brother and sister in law did this, and they still had a very special moment when he first saw her. The photographer had her sit on this beautiful stone wall, and they still both cried. It was really beautiful. Definitely talk to your photographer and see how much time he/she needs to take all the photos you want taken. Because if it’s longer than your alotted cocktail hour time, you don’t want to be rushed and have your guests waiting on you.

Post # 11
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

definitely talk to your photographer.  they will know best about lighting and will often have a preference.

as many have noted, it’s really up to you and how you feel about seeing each other prior to the ceremony.  we’re doing our formal shots before – mainly wedding party and immediate family so we can be relaxed and take our time without holding up the guests.  our ceremony and reception are at the same venue, so there is less chance of running into wayward guests before the ceremony than directly following.


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