Post # 1
We are having a small, early morning ceremony at 10 am.
Our two dogs will be with us getting ready, but will have to stay at the hotel. Animals are not allowed at ceremony site. My dog is 14 years old, so it’s very important to us to have her in our photos.
We want first look, and bride & groom with pets photos.
FI will have no problem being ready on time. Is it plausible for me to put on my dress, get those photos, have first-look photos with FI, then FI and I take photos with our dogs in 30 minutes?
6:00 am hair and makeup starts
8:00 am photographer arrives/bride gets done with hair & makeup
9:00 am mother-of-the-bride hair and makeup finishes
9:30 am limo arrives for pick up
10:00 am ceremony starts
Am I underestimating the time it will take to throw on my dress (mermaid style), take some photos with FI for first-look, AND take photos with our dogs?
If anyone had a first-look with their husband, can you please tell me how long the photographer took with that?
Post # 2
SprinkleDonut: I would give yourself at least 45 minutes….. why rush the best photos of the day!!!! (I think first look photos are the most beautiful photos out of the entire wedding day)
Post # 3
SprinkleDonut: I would email or call and ask your photographer. He/she/they will know how long the process is and what sort of challenges might crop up!
Post # 4
californiabride2013: I’m not trying to rush them. I really wish we had more time, but we have to leave at 9:30 am because the limo is on rented time/being paid by the hour. The ceremony site is rented for one hour only. So we need to be there on time.
My hair and makeup artist told me she will need at least 2 hours to work on me, and one hour to work on my mom. So, I can only move as fast as she gets finished.
It leaves a 30 minute window. :/
Post # 5
It’s possible, but you may not get as many pictures as you’d like. We had both our dogs with us at the ceremony site and only got one pose with them, basically. One of our dogs is also older (13) so we didn’t want her to do too much.
Post # 6
SprinkleDonut: we did our first look pics and a few others in about 30 minutes so it’s doable. My only worry would be that animals can sometimes be more difficult to photograph and don’t always cooperate so that might take longer than usual. I would just e-mail the photog and see what they think… Another option is to have your hair & makeup done early at the 6am time slot. Are you doing getting ready photos? If so just don’t put on your dress yet or lipstick or whatever. My photog just had me touch up my makeup/hair for the getting ready pics since it was already done when he got there.
Post # 7
SprinkleDonut: our photog said 45 mins to an hour – 30 may be ok if you would be happy with fewer photos and you’re not going for anything crazy : )
Post # 8
our first look took about 45 minutes and it felt long. 30 minutes will definately be enough time.
Post # 9
ajillity81: I agree. Ours was slated for 45 but we only took 30 because ‘look at each other lovingly’ prompts started to get boring. 🙂
Post # 10
TaraMay_: secretbee33: BeckyS0: ajillity81: springbride23:
I contacted my hair and makeup artist and she graciously said she will come one hour earlier, without charge, to make sure we will all be ready by 8:30 am, 9 am by the latest. I will get my hair/makeup done first so I can be finished as early as possible.
Unfortunately, my photographer isn’t as flexible. She keeps insisting it’s going to take an hour for the first-look…
I guess we will just have to wait until the wedding day to see how everything turns out.
FI and I compromised and said we will have individual photos of us with the dogs while we’re getting ready, and if we have enough time after the first-look, then we can take them both together with the dogs.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
SprinkleDonut: I don’t see how the first look can take an hour. The actual first look takes mayyybe 5 minutes, and then you take some nice coupley shots for a few more minutes. We walked to several spots and took photos and it was maybe 30 minutes total. If you have an hour, you should be able to get the dog in there too. I’d just make sure there’s someone hanging around with the dog by 9 or 9:15 so you don’t have to waste time grabbing her.
Post # 12
SprinkleDonut: Honestly, there is no reason for the first look to ever take longer than 30 minutes unless you just want more photos. You should be fine with half an hour, and you’ll still get plenty of pictures. And your photographer needs to hush it. What’s she gonna do? Tie you guys down to make sure you give her an hour for photos?
Post # 13
SprinkleDonut: an hour?? Is this lady serious?! I would just totally disregard that and tell her you have 30 minutes, thats it and she needs to work with it. The only, absolutely only, way I can see it taking that long is if you are traveling to another location. We did ours in less than 30 minutes- after all the first look really is only a few seconds long!
Post # 14
lolot: mcp8011: BeckyS0: I wanted her to clarify why I needed an hour and I guess she was including the time it takes for me to change into my wedding dress, and to get those photos along with a few solo bride shots.
But yes, I agree, even if those take 30 minutes, I don’t see how I need another 30 to take first-look photos.
She’s being weirdly difficult and picky lately.
Now she is telling me we need to book her for an extra 30 minutes. We originally booked her from 8 am to 12 pm. Our limo picks us up at 12 pm to take us all back to the hotel, which is a 20 minute drive.
We established her job of taking photos would be done at 12 pm. But she wants us to pay for an extra 30 minutes…in which she will be doing nothing but sitting there on the drive back to the hotel.
I can’t tell if I’m being unreasonable about this or she is…