Post # 1
I wasn’t going to have bride/groom photos before the ceremony but now i’m thinking of maybe having those first/look pics just to speed things along. Is this just as memorable?! I’m using a student photographer, so his workflow may not be quite as quick. He is starting pics at 12;00, our ceremony is at 1:30, our reception is from 2-6, I want to get to the reception as soon as possible and not being taking pics until 3:00. Anyone do the first look pics? did you like them better? Was it better than having to take pics for an hour after?
Post # 3
some people would say NO WAY, they dont wanna see each other before she walks down the aisle, ruins the moment.
in my experience, a lot of couples do pre-ceremony pics, just cause its a serene moment of anticipation and love that short time before they get hitched….no bridal party, no pressures of family waiting for pictures, just bride and groom in the calm before the storm….also, your hair, makeup and clothing is freshest then….
ofc, you could do it to save time as well! but certain pictures look better after ceremony…such as pictures with your whole bridal party….you wont get any ring shots before ceremony….etc…
its a personal choice.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club
Definitely a personal choice thing I think! I haven’t officially decided what we’re going to do; the FI says he doesn’t mind if we want to do a first look photo shoot…because he knows that I’ll want to be a part of our cocktail hour instead of trying to do a massive photo shoot. If there is one thing I can’t stand at a wedding, it is sitting at your table at the reception waiting on the bride and groom to be done taking a multitude of pictures…I love that you can cut down on the time by doing some before the wedding!
Some of my friends did a first look, and I am in love with some of the photos…if you get the photog to focus on his face for the first time that he sees you…gosh you can get a great moment…probably better and more up close than during the ceremony (as the photog probably won’t be able to get as close).
Post # 5
we are doing pics before the ceremony. i want my FI to be one of the first ones to see me. plus, we want some time to run around the city and take fun pics. after the ceremony….we just want to get the party started and celebrate with everyone!!
Post # 6
I agree that it’s a personal choice. I think there’s still the whole "superstition" about seeing your FH before the actual wedding. I won’t be doing first-look pictures simply because the lighting will be better after the ceremony. But, I was reading my photographer’s blog, and she just did a wedding with first-look photos, and I personally thought those were the best and most heartfelt pictures of the entire wedding. The bride was glowing!
Post # 7
We didn’t do a first look. We wanted our "First look" to be coming down the aisle.
As such, I now wish we had done one. I wouldn’t have been crying so much and keeping on the straight face to keep ti togtgher, our photographer could have been more creative, and we would have had more than 40 minutes for pictures of the two of us AND formals.
Oh well. We did it b/c it’s what he wanted and it sounded romantic at the time. Post-wedding, it’s not very practical and I wish we’d bumped everything up a little and done a first look and snuck in 1 hour of pictures, just the two of us, without our guests STARING at us the whole time.
Post # 8
We’re planning on doing it, but we may not have time. I’m leaving the choice up to my photographer.
Post # 9
Good heavens, how many pre-ceremony pics do you need? We are using a young photographer (although no longer a student) and we are meeting him a half hour berfore the ceremony and I am thinking even that is too long for me. I would think over an hour would be plenty for pre-ceremony bride and groom shots!
Post # 10
We’ve always been big proponents of the "first look" photo shoot (as is our photographer)… thanks @ejs4y8 for the post-wedding insight! Now I’m definitely not changing our plans! 🙂
Post # 11
We’re doing it. I think it’ll be a lot less stressful for us to get it over with before hand and we’ll all look our best (fresh from the salon and dressing). We just want to spend time with our guests when they get there rather than trying to get through all the pictures.
Post # 12
I allotted 90 min. to get as many pics as possible before hand, me and my attendants; him and GM; me/Dad, any getting ready pics, etc. I like the idea of having some time just the two of us to be together and get his reaction that way and do more ring pics, whole party pics after.