Post # 1
My Fiance really wants to attend cocktail hour but I really want to take pictures during that time. Wanted to see what everyone else was doing? I don’t know how I feel about breaking tradition and seeing him beforehand?
Post # 3
we attended part of our cocktail hour. it was great and relaxed and we got to taste all the yummy cocktail food.
Post # 4
I can only speak from my experience
I had a first look and loved it
I felt I had more experiences than the average bride
I had the first look which was really special
I took pictures
I had the wedding and still cried like a baby. You arent emotional because you are seeing him “for the first time” (you saw him 24 hours ago or less) but because he is waiting there for YOU and only YOU. its emotional no matter what.
You can then spend more time with your guests and for the party for which you or/and your family is spending lots of money on.
To me, there is no down side. Its only in our heads.
Post # 5
Thanks for the posts. lefeymw, I do keep going back and forth with that idea but afraid its one of those things I will regret. Its nice to hear how happy you are with it!
How long did you take pictures before hand? If we do decide to have the first look instead I am worried our photographer costs/hours will go up too high.
Post # 6
We are leaning towards attending 1/2 of our cocktail hour. we’ll see how that works out for us 🙂
Post # 7
Prior to getting engaged, I really wanted to wait for that “moment” when I see my FI for the first time as I walk downt he isle. But after looking at pictures, I really wanted our own private first look so that the emotion could be captured by our photographer. Also, I think it will be nice to have that little break in time where it’s just the two of us.
We are also having a cocktail hour. I want to be a part of it so that we can chat with our guests and enjoy what our money is going towards. Another benifit I see to being at the cocktail hour is hopefully being able to talk to the majority of our guests, so that we have more time to enjoy our DJ. We will be doing family pictures before the ceremony and some “fun” pictures with the bridal party on the way to the reception. I am hoping to arrive half-way through the cocktail hour.
Post # 8
It depends on your contrract and phototgrapher the cost. I had him arrive to take pictures at 11 and he left at 10:30 that night, the very end. His contract was unlimited hours.
Post # 9
I had a first look too and we took all our pictures beforehand. I still cried when I walked down the aisle (and through most of the ceremony because I’m a big baby lol). I was so, so happy we had those first few moments together during the first look, it really allowed me to breath the rest of the day.
We attended our entire cocktail hour and got to mingle with so many guests and actually got to eat the appetizers that we’re passed!
To answer the questions about the amount of time it took, with the girls getting ready pics, then guys getting ready pics, then first look and bridal party, family pictures in two different locations- we started taking pictures three hours before the ceremony. We had our photographer for a total of 10 hours (1pm-11pm).
Post # 10
I was able to attend our cocktail hour because we took all of our photos before the ceremony! It was awesome to be able to talk to guests and I had ample time to do photos.