Family photos – before ceremony?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
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  • Post # 2
    1104 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We are doing family pictures before our ceremony and I’m really glad we are doing it that way. I haven’t told family yet, but hopefully it works for them 🙂

    We are doing exactly what you are thinking. Family pictures starting an hour before ceremony and wrapping up after 30-ish minutes. However, we are doing our first look around 1pm with a ceremony start time of 4pm so you already have extra time. 

    Here’s our rough timeline, for reference

    <div>1:00 – First look at park</div>
    <div>Shoot with wedding party around the park</div>
    <div>3:00 – Family pictures start </div>
    <div>3:30 – Family pictures end</div>
    <div>4:00 – Ceremony starts</div>
    <div>4:30 – Ceremony ends, cocktail hour starts – Shoot with B & G for a few minutes</div>
    <div>5:15 – Wedding party announced in, welcome and toasts</div>
    <div> </div>
    <div>I’m really glad to do this all before ceremony because after the ceremony we can just have a few moments of privacy, some shooting of us right after the ceremony, and relax maybe (hopefully?). It also makes for a lesser wait time for guests and less lag for reception. </div>

    Post # 4
    858 posts
    Busy bee

    Not to much to ask at all… then they really get to relax and have fun and not worry about ruining there look before pictures. 

    My ceremony starts at 4-non religous like yours

    We plan to use the time inbetween the ceremony and end of cocktail hour for all our major photo’s.

    Cocktail 6-7

    Dinner and dance to follow.

    Post # 5
    5697 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Nope, my family plus relatives were asked to show up before the ceremony for family photo’s and they all did as asked without complaint.

    My step siblings were the only ones who decided not to, so when we tried to squeeze in a family photo with them during the reception we ended up with exactly what my step mom said she did NOT want… a “firing squad line up” of her side. But, her kids were the ones that decided not to come! Probably were too hung over from post rehearsal dinner karaoke lol

    All of my other family photo’s were really well posed and done since we had time before the wedding to be thoughtful.

    Post # 6
    686 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We are also doing family photos before the ceremony (it’s one of my methods to make sure people get there on time, haha), but not extended family. My FI’s immediate family is actually quite large, and then it’s HUGE for the extended family, so we are probably doing a few group pictures after the ceremony.

    Post # 7
    2174 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    We did our first look, family and bridal party photos before the ceremony when everyone was freshly dressed and made up.  The photographer asked for a list of important groupings, and she took it from there.  After the reception, we went out alone with the photog and did couples portraits in the city.  I highly recommend!

    Post # 8
    2132 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I don’t think it’s too much to ask. Most people would love to have their picture taken with the bride prior to the ceremony! We asked our family members to show up an hour and a half to an hour prior to the ceremony for pictures and everyone was cool about it.  

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