Post # 1
I need help with deciding the least stressful option for pictures.
My fiance and I have always said that we would not do a first look, we have both always imagined the first time we see each other in church walking down the aisle. The private time together is not an issue, because we plan on leaving the church to go to the reception in our getaway car alone, its about a 20 minute drive to reception, and the car is important to us since its the car he drove when we first started dating. So we think that this will be our time alone together to reflect on our day. The only reason I’m starting to debate having a first look is that our ceremony is at 5:30 and will end around 6 and sunset is at 7 due to it being in October. Is one hour enough time to have family pictures, all of the bridal party, and just us pictures? We don’t have a big family and we don’t want a dozen bridal party pictures so I’m hoping that this part won’t take as long. Because we are going to have alone time in the car, is it the right decision to go with the first look because of time restraints and light?
Also, how many hours of photography did everyone have? My photographer has a 7 or 9 hour option, if we did 7 hours it put her at arriving at 3p and taking finishing touch pictures, groomsmen, and bridemaids pictures, bridal and groom portraits, and taking pictures of me and my F.H. without seeing each other, and I want to have a mini first look with my Dad. Where as if I did 9 hours it would put everything back at 1p which would give me more time to spend in my dress and to be more relaxed.
Thanks for your help and I look forward to reading your advice!
Post # 3
We did not have a first look, and we hosted cocktail hour for our guests while we did photos. I felt like an hour was perfectly fine. You have to stay on point though, and a good photographer will be good at arranging people and getting it done.
We did grandparents first, since they are old, then they were able to go to the cocktail hour for a nibble & a drink, then we did parents, and we did wedding party shots last.
When we made our entrance, the reception began.
Post # 4
Is there anyway to push up your ceremony by about 30mins or even an hour? Ceremonies don’t always start right on time. Also, bear in mind that people will probably be milling around the church after the ceremony to congratulate you before you go to the reception. That could cut into your travel time and in the end, time for formal photos with family.
We’re wedding date twins! I too have been debating the 1st look and timing for photos. We’ve decided to do a first look, mainly because the church and reception hall are right across the street from each other. No sense on having guests waiting around for a few hours doing nothing during the formal photos.
I plan on doing a first look and then having my bridal party pics done off site at my local beach about 15min up the road. Then possibly another stop on the way back to the church at a state park (gorgeous fall foliage). Then ceremony and when guests are walking over to the reception, we can do family photos just outside the church. Since its so close, we’ll be able to enjoy a bit of our cocktail hour as well.
I’m not sure of the timings yet, but I’ll have to figure out that soon. Good luck, and let me know what you decide. I want to make sure I have enough time for photos before the sun sets
Post # 5
Honestly this is a question much better posed to your photographer than people here, because only they can tell you realistically how much time it will take them to deliver results for you. Realistically it will probably take you a minimum of 30 minutes from family photos even if you have a small family. Familiies never move through it as fast you’d like them to, and most aren’t going to understand that there is a time factor involved. The other factor most people don’t consider is right after the ceremony when you are trying to transition from the ceremony end to the beginning of the family photos is pure chaos. Guests are going to try and come and and chat with you and tell you how great you look etc etc. All well and good but they don’t understand that you’re racing against the sun. Personally I like to have 30 minutes with just the couple because running around like crazy people is stressful to all involved, and weddings are supposed to be fun. It can all be done in an hour if there is no travel involved (if your photogrpaher is confident they can move through what they need to do quickly), but a first look or an additional 30 minutes would make for a much less stressful experience.
Post # 6
This is a question for only your photographer. I’ve you’ve hired a competent professional this kind of advice and consultation is part of the service and expertise.