Post # 1
So our bridal party has VERY GENEROUSLY chipped in and paid for our photobooth!
I am being asked what time it should start.
Our ceremony starts at 5p, will be about a half hour, and then cocktail “hour” is actually 1.5 hours (all in the same location). So dinner should start around 7.p.
The reception ends at 10:30p.
The photobooth goes for 3 hours, excluding setup/breakdown times.
I wanted to check with the bee – does saying “start photos at 7:30″ sound like a good plan? They would come a bit earlier to set up, I suppose, if the 3 hours excludes the setup.
Post # 3
I think you can set it up and people will meander over whenever! I don’t think you need to actually announce a start time- but that’s just IMO!
Post # 4
@CakeyP: 7:30 sounds good. That allows people to eat dinner and then have their fun. Would your photobooth be in the same location as the actual reception? I ask because some times the DJ has to call people away for the cake cutting, first dance, toast etc.
Post # 5
We are having a photobooth for 4 hours, so ours looks something like this
4:00 pm ceremony
4:30 cocktail hour
6:30 first dance/generation dance, dollar dances
7:00 photo booth, candy/dessert buffet & cigar bar open.
Post # 6
@Treejewel19: Yay! thanks for the confirmation, I am terrible with time math/scheduling.
I’m not sure where the venue sets up the photobooth – I would assume NOT in the same room as the reception, because it’s kind of small. Probably off to the side (it’s very visible there though)
First dance wouldn’t be a problem – it happens immediately when we make a “grand entrance” to the reception. And I can always get the DJ to announce the big important things (like speeches) so that people know when to come over. It’s a small enough place that they should figure it out (and some people always miss those things, because they’re at the bar or something haha)
@limekitty: Well, my friend needs a start time for the contract, so it’s not really a set it up whenever thing… they need a start time so she can sign the contract!
Post # 7
@jenilynevette: Sounds good!
Cigar bar AND a candy bar? That is both whimsical and fancy!
Post # 8
@CakeyP: Not fancy at all! The men in both my and fi’s family love to smoke cigars, so I thought it would be a really cute thing to have a “manly” version of the candy buffet, lol.
Post # 9
Right after dinner worked great for us! It was after the toasts, so people could wander over during the first dances that not everyone wants to watch. Plus the bar had been open a little while, so guests were a little more relaxed for pics.