Originally Posted by rootkl
Can someone give me a time frame for a 4pm ceremony?? I am having my pictures done before with my groom so that we can attend the cocktail hour but I'm still not sure how much time to allot afterwards for group pictures...I've seen 30 min which would be perfect but I'm not positive. I have my photog for 5 hours, I'm thinking of having him get there at 2 then be there an hour into the reception...thoughts??
I'm not sure what time of year you're getting married but I got married in November and had my ceremony at 4pm. The ceremony itself takes about 20-30 minutes depending on what you want to incorporate into it. We only had about an hour of daylight to shoot pictures of everyone including the bride and groom/wedding party...which was tight since we had 55 guests. It's a good thing we had some trash the dress pictures done as well. We had a photographer for getting ready, the wedding, the reception and trash the dress. For myself, I would have preferred 1 hour of photography time in daylight to shoot all of my 55 guests (since I didn't get that many pictures of my guests except for at the reception) and another hour for bride & groom/wedding party but it depends on how many guests you have. Thirty minutes might do fine.
If you have a photographer booked for 5 hours and you and your groom are doing "first look" pictures pre-ceremony, I think you have the right idea. In your case, I would probably do:
2 hours pre ceremony
30 minutes during ceremony
1 hour group pictures/cocktail hour
1.5 hours reception
....or swap the last two things
It really depends on what is important for you and how many guests you have. It was really important for me to have as many pictures as possible in daylight so I should have really booked me ceremony for 2pm because I didn't see my groom before the ceremony.