Wedding photos: Before or after the wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Grooms/men
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  • Post # 3
    1002 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I think this really depends on preference.  We are not doing pictures before because I do not want him to see me before the ceremony.  But, I have been to weddings where the pictures are taken before the ceremony, they did not put the rings on though.

    Post # 4
    1355 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    We did all of our non-ceremony pictures as a first look. My husband did not have his wedding band on nor did I. If you want to get a couple of pictures with both of you with rings on after the ceremony, I’d do that, but you don’t have to have your rings on before the ceremony.

    Post # 5
    8847 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    @cantwaittobemrsf:  We did some of both.  It was nice and efficient to have some taken ahead of time, and even though we weren’t wearing our rings (husband didn’t want to put his on until the actual ceremony… aww), it really didn’t matter.  You can’t see our ring fingers in most of them anyway.

    Then, we took another 10-15 minutes of photos afterward, along with family & friend shots.  The photog said she always insists on at least a few of the newlyweds right after the ceremony, because people look so so happy. 

    So: some before without rings, some after with rings.  I’d recommend that – it worked out really well for us.

    (For example: this is my favorite photo which was taken before the ceremony.  You can’t see my left hand at all, and it didn’t occur to me until just now that his ring is “missing”…)

    Post # 6
    224 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @cantwaittobemrsf:  I didn’t vote, because neither answer really matched my response. Like others have mentioned, it’s actually quite common to do “first look” photos. We’re having a destination wedding and doing first look photos for 2 reasons –

    1. we are having a sunset wedding, but I want pictures of us during the day in the sunlight.

    2. The resort we are staying at has a beautiful beach (different from where the ceremony and reception are located), and I want pictures from as many locastions as possible… 

    It’s your wedding, so I say do what’s best for you, and who cares what others think…they are not going to be the ones looking at your pictures for a lifetime. If you were super traditional and didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony, thats one thing, but it seems like you are both cool with it, so go for it.

    As far as the rings, I don’t think you necessarily need to include them in your first photos, but if you do, I personally don’t think it’s a big deal.  

    Post # 7
    920 posts
    Busy bee

    @cantwaittobemrsf:  alot of people do a first look now a days in order to save time, calm nerves etc. its perfectly normal. however, My SO does not want to see me until I am walking down the aisle so I willdo bridal party shots before and he will do shots with his groomsmen, however, we wont do shots TOGETHER until after the ceremony. 


    but its not unusual to do all the photos before, its up to you.

    Post # 8
    1951 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @cantwaittobemrsf:  You don’t have to wear your rings. We’re doing photos before since we want to go right into the party, and also because the light won’t be good at 6 pm in February. 

    It depends on your preference: tradition, or convenience? We’re not overly traditional, and wanted to spend as much time celebrating with our guests as possible. 

    Post # 9
    7281 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    We did our portraits before the ceremony, and we did not wear our wedding rings for the photos.

    Post # 10
    965 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    We are doing our photos before but not wearing the wedding rings. We can snap a few wedding ring pics after the ceremony. I mean, we only need a few close ups of our hands…

    Post # 11
    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I think it depends on preference.  We aren’t doing that, because seeing each other for the first time as I walk down the aisle is something we are both looking forward to most.  I’m not showing him my dress until then either, and I’ve never seen him in a tux.  The pictures beforehand are popular, and some couples now even have their fiance help pick out the dress, the surprise is just special to us.    

    Post # 12
    348 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We did the majority of our pictures before the ceremony (and no, we did not put our rings on).  After the ceremony, we had a few more shots that included the rings, and we were free to enjoy our cocktail hour with our guests.  Wouldn’t have done it any other way.

    Post # 13
    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We’re taking as many as we can before the wedding, I want to be at our party!

    We’ll take a few after too, at the reception venue, but I don’t want to go crazy with it.

    Post # 14
    2449 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We did ours after the ceremony. We’re more traditional and there was no way we were ever going to do a first look. But to each his own.

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