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how long does it take for pictures between the ceremony and reception?
My soon to be mother in law refuses for my fiance and I to see each other before the wedding. My reception starts at 6:30 and I still need to pick a time for the ceremony. What time is appropriate so that my guests don't have to wait too long but we (the wedding party and family) don't have to be rushed for pictures?

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Apr 28, 2009 at 2:21 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
You will most likely need about 30minutes to an hour. But this also depends on the number of posed pictures that you are seeking. There are also a number of Bride only and Groom only shots that can be taken before the ceremony to cut down on the time of the post ceremony pictures. Bride with bridesmaids, Bride with family, Groom with groomsmen, Groom with family etc..

On average most brides i have worked with have scheduled an hour between the ceremony and reception for pictures.
Hope this helps.

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Apr 28, 2009 at 4:49 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
My photographer said to allow an hour for pictures between the ceremony and reception. I'm going to try and cut back on that by having most of the ones that we don't have to be together for before the ceremony. Hope that helps :)
Apr 28, 2009 at 6:29 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
As a photographer I recommend approx an hour, in smaller weddings i can get it done with a 30 mins, but 1 hour is ideal to get the group shots, bride and grooms shots, and wedding party. Most photographers will do the groom and groomsmen pictures before the ceremony and depending on the schedule the bride and bridesmaids as well.

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Apr 29, 2009 at 9:40 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I was told by my wedding planner that the cermony should last an half an hour after it actually start, and then another half an hour for the photo section with the wedding party altogether.
May 01, 2009 at 11:00 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Don't worry about the time too much. It is quite common for the guests to arrive at the reception before the bride and groom, so start the wedding service any time you want.

However, I always tell my brides/grooms to allow two hours from the time the wedding ceremony starts to the time they will arrive at the reception venue. If you want to arrive at the reception venue at 6:30, then the wedding ceremony should start around 4:30. If you want to arrive at 7:00, then the ceremony can be at 5:00, etc.

In my area, it is not uncommon for the guests to be at the reception a full hour before the bridal party arrives. So relax!


Colleen Fay
May 01, 2009 at 11:23 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
It is very nice of you to think about your guests, but you should not have to worry. Here is a common photography timeline for a wedding:
2 hours before wedding ~ pictures of bride putting on her garter, tying up her dress, putting on her lipstick, etc.
1 1/2 hours before wedding pictures of bride with her friends and family
1 hour before wedding ~ pictues of groom with his friends and family
1/2 before wedding ~ guests are seated
Post ceremony pictures ~ allow about 45 minutes. You want your guests to have a cocktail hour before the DJ announces you, so this works out perfectly. Many pictures will be out of the way before the ceremony. You probably won't need 45 minutes for the remaining pictures, but it't nice to have the time to retouch your make-up (or mom's) in case there was any crying. :) The only reason I would add time is if the parents on both sides are divorced and remarried. This could add a lot of pictures.

Colleen Fay

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May 01, 2009 at 1:04 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
It took about 30min at my wedding. Not very long, but make sure you have one of your groomsman carry a copy of the group shot list in their jacket in case the photographer flakes. Trust me.

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