(Closed) Winter Wedding Time Woes – help!

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Would you be willing to skip the photos inside the chapel?  I see that you’re in NM so outdoor photos aren’t going to be too cold. What about having the ceremony 3:30-4:00 …. and then not starting the coctail hour until 5 … 5-6 cocktail …. then the reception you can do all the "formalities" (introductions, first dances, speeches) until about 6:30 then dinner can start then, and that’s definitely not too early!

That’s tough though, I know cause I am doing a winter wedding in Boston where it will not only be dark but freeeeezing 🙂 

Post # 4
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Well, my answer would be do the later time, but do pictures first. I know that’s not what you want to do, but I do think that 5 is way too early for dinner. Could you do the majority of your family/attendant pictures before, then do limited pictures of the two of y’all after? Maybe do a day-after shoot at the hotel for pics of the two of you in the bright sun? I would go late and do pics before, but that’s me.


Good Luck. 

Post # 6
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception

We got married this February and ran into the same problem. it sort of depends on the mood of your ceremony and reception. Are you going for a laid back type of feel or more formal? Ours was pretty formal, so we chose the 6 o’clock time slot. We took as many photos as we could after, and had a day-after photo shoot with just the two of us. Honestly, the day after photos were so great because we were super relaxed and there was no pressure with timing and lighting so we could do what we wanted. I would suggest having the later time slot so there isn’t a large gap between ceremony and reception. good luck:)


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