Post # 1
We are having our ceremony and reception at the same location and we do not want to have our guests wait for 3+ hours while the bridal party takes professional wedding photos. Every wedding we have ever been to has done this and I despise it. We discussed having a ‘first look’ and then taking all of our photos with the bridal party before the ceremony. Photography is very important to me and I want to make sure we have plenty of time to capture great images, without being an inconvenience to our guests. Has anyone done this and did it affect your ceremony at all?
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
We took our photos after and got them all done during the cocktail hour. There’s no reason it needs to take 3 hours.
Post # 4
There are tons and tons of threads in here discussing first looks, and the pros and cons of them. We do them for about half of the weddings we shoot.
PRO- Frees up your timeline, calms pre ceremony jitters, are often times much more emotional moments than the seeing each other down the aisle.
CON – the biggest con is that by trying to get all of the photography done in the beginning, depending on the time of day your wedding is happening you may be potentially doing the photos at the worst time of day for lighting. That’s really the only con.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
A big factor will depend on if you are okay with doing a first look, or if either of you was really looking forward to seeing each other for the first time during the ceremony. Personally I am doing a first look and photos before the ceremony – you’re right that your guests won’t be waiting after the ceremony to see you, it’ll free up your timeline a bit, and you/the bridal party will be able to enjoy more of the reception or cocktail hour.
Post # 6
@mrsSonthebeach: That’s our plan. during cocktail hour, no first look, and I get to SHOCK him with his first view when I walk down the aisle!
Post # 7
We did photos first and loooved it. Made the timeline a lot easier to deal with!
Post # 8
@Dareebs: We plan to do what you are doing, especially since we are not having a cocktail hour and will be going straight from the beach to the reception 🙂
Post # 9
We did a first look and photos before and it was excellent! I’m very glad we did it that way (our ceremony & reception were also at the same location).
You will still need 20 minutes or so after the ceremony to take extended family photos. DON’T invite all those people to take photos with you beforehand… it gets crazy enough with just wedding party and immediate family (parents/siblings). But you’ll want those full family posed photos afterwards, so just make sure you have a spot to do them.
We had family stay in the ceremony hall after the ceremony, we came back in (we actually snuck off to a little secret hiding place until the rest of the guests left the ceremony), and did those photos. Then we did our big entrance to the reception. It worked beautifully!
Post # 10
We’re doing ours before and then a few after. I, too, hate it when the bridal party is MIA for EVER while we’re waiting for freaking food. I went to a wedding a couple of years ago where the ceremony was at 1PM and the reception didn’t start until 6. The bridal party was STILL almost an hour late to the reception, and everyone was starving. I didn’t understand wtf they’d been doing for the previous 4+ hours that they were freaking late to the reception.
Post # 11
We’ll be doing a first look and the majority of our photos before the ceremony. I am planning on about 20-30 minutes of cocktail hour dedicated to photos, but then the rest of the time mingling with guests.
Post # 12
We did a first look and photos before the ceremony because our ceremony was 5:30 – 6:00 cocktail hour from 6:00-7:00 and reception from 7:00 on so we knew there was no way to cram all our photos into 1 hour! I’m so glad we did the photos before, we got so many wonderful pictures we would have missed out on otherwise.
Post # 13
This isn’t something I have ever seen in the UK so for me it’s a bit odd. Though I do think some alone time for the bride and groom is pretty special
Post # 14
We’re taking photos before the ceremony with a first look that way our 6 p.m. ceremony can lead right into our 6:30 p.m. Cocktail hour, with dinner served at 8 p.m.
We’re only doing an hour and a half, and that should be plenty to photograph the bridal party – it doesn’t need to be 3 hours (excessive).
Post # 15
@continuumphotography: What time of day has the best lighting? I never considered that! Our ceremony will be at 5pm (very late in the summer, with a 7pm sunset). And I apologize for creating another thread about first looks, but the others that I found were very old & I’ve found that it’s difficult to stir up conversation on ancient threads!
@lawbride88: The only thing I will miss is seeing his reaction when I walk down the aisle! Hopefully, our first look will make up for this!
@NAvery: Saving time for family photos between the ceremony and reception is a great suggestion, thanks! Definitely doing that now 🙂
@elysion: @Gemstone: @badabing88: @vorpalette: @somerrae: @letsgobowlingx: @dragonlover:
THANK YOU for the reassurance, ladies! So glad to hear that others are also planning to do photos before the ceremony! Everyone always looks at me like I’m crazy when I tell them 🙂
Post # 16
@Dareebs: Generally lighting doesn’t start to soften until a couple of hours before sunset. It gets really good maybe 30 minutes before sunset and 10 to 15 minutes after. It can also be very dependent on cloud cover. Your ceremony time should be nice for lighting, and in a perfect scenario you’d do all of your photos after the ceremony and not before.