Your wedding day takes so long to plan and you spend countless hours stressing, planning, and organizing. You’ve been dreaming about it for months and months, maybe even since you were a little girl! I don’t want you to make the biggest mistake we see brides make on their wedding day. Everyone deserves to be happy and have a stress-free wedding.
You book your photographer most likely (and hopefully) because you absolutely fell in love with the portraits they had for you to view. The portraits of the two of you are ultimately what matters the most. Therefore, the biggest mistake I see is not giving your photographer any time to capture those portraits of the two of you!
You may have a ceremony and reception with only an hour apart and a larger family/bridal party. If your cocktail hour is only 60 minutes, you’ll be very crammed, stressed, and have a very limited number of poses for both bridal party and the two of you. Not to mention, what if you run behind or something goes wrong?
I ALWAYS ALWAYS recommend at least 30 minutes for family formals, 30 minutes for wedding party, and 30 minutes for a couple alone. We can, of course, break this up by doing a first look, having some wedding party photos before the ceremony, having a gap in between the ceremony and reception, or doing some sunset photos.
I start at six hours of coverage and trying to do a 60 minute cocktail hour with no first look has proved impossible for me to achieve the best photos for a couple. I recommend a 75 or 90 minute cocktail hour. Your guests will be drinking and eating – they won’t notice. Give them a heads up on their invitation and they will already have expected it.
With enough time for all of your events (and a 10 or 15-minute buffer somewhere in your day for bonus points), you will be a wedding day boss!
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