Post # 1
This is sort of silly, but my mother and I are disagreeing on something. Actually, TWO somethings…
My mom wants "before" pictures taken of just me, and "before" pictures taken of just my fiance. We will also both be taking these "before" pictures with our respective AND "future" parents, as well as our respective grandparents.
My mom thinks that I should have on ONLY my engagement ring, and my fiance should have on NO ring in these pictures.
What do you think?
And, after our ceremony, we are doing an hours worth of "together" pictures, in which we will have on our wedding bands.
Should I also wear my engagement ring along with my new wedding band for the pictures?
Post # 3
I would say it is totally up to you! Quite frankly, I don’t know if anyone looking at the pictures will notice, so you have to go with what you want to do!
Post # 4
I only had my engagement ring on for the before pictures. Never even thought that maybe i should have been wearing the wedding band? i guess even if it had crossed my mind, I would have waited because it’s special and I wanted to wait for the wedding to wear it anyway. Besides, as august said, nobody will notice unless you’re doing close ups of hands, or bouquets or something, and maybe just wait to do those after the wedding
Post # 5
I would go with the actual order of the day! If it’s before the ceremony – you have engagement ring, he’s got nuthin (unless he has a man-gagement ring – ha!) …. after the ceremony you should both have your wedding rings on and if you plan to wear your engagement ring after you are married – have that on too. I think it’s best to remember the day through photos. You aren’t going to "trick" anyone by having your rings on or off — as joeswifey said — people will probably not notice. Hope that helped you win the disagreement!?!
Post # 6
I wouldn’t wear it before. I just think it symbolizes that you are married, and at that point, you aren’t.
Post # 7
I think it depends on what you want the "before" pictures to capture/symbolize. For example, my DH and I did ALL our pictures before the wedding because we had an evening wedding and wanted to join our guests for the cocktail hour (which worked out perfectly!). So our before pictures were pretty much ALL our pictures/portraits/whatever-you-want-to-call-them. Therefore, we had our wedding bands on. I’m so glad we did because those pictures are the majority of our pictures together that we have chosen to get framed and printed. And no one else would know that they were taken before our wedding.
If, however, you would like your before pictures to symbolize the last moments of your single selves, captured on film with your respective families before you say your vows – then no rings.
In any case, it’s really about what you want.
P.S. Even though everyone says that "no one will notice whether you have your wedding bands on"…I find that I notice in EVERY one of our wedding pictures – and I LOVE that we have our wedding bands on in all of them. But that’s just me 🙂
Post # 8
Huh, I’d never even thought about that issue. We’re planning on doing the majority of our pictures before the ceremony (including together) but I hadn’t even thought about whether we’d wear our wedding bands or not….Now I have to consider that :-P…..
Post # 9
We did almost all of our photos before the ceremony and neither of us wore our wedding bands. I don’t know if anyone would/did notice (other than us), but I didn’t want to put on our wedding bands until after we were actually married. It wasn’t as important to me that they were in the photos, especially because I knew the chronological order of the day. We did have a couple of shots taken at the reception and I actually think they’re a little special because you can see the difference–that our rings are on.