Brides who didn't do a first look, how did you make it work?

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 16
12 posts
  • Wedding: October 2017

You may want to factor in sunset. This was the deal breaker for us with a 5:30 ceremony and 6:00 sunset.

Post # 17
3013 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I did not do a first look and got all of the Bridal Party and my side of the family formals done before the ceremony. 

Pictures with Darling Husband, GMs, and his side were done afterwards. 

Only warning is make sure your hair will hold up! Mine looked a mess by the time we got our couples photos taken.

Post # 18
1308 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

i allocated 45mins for photos cuz I wasnt that crazy about having a million of our family, it wasnʻt vital to me so 45mins was more than enough time for him and i to get us, our friends, our parents, and then head over. 

Post # 19
2126 posts
Buzzing bee

Sooo we left our ceremony and went straight into our photos, with us & the bridal party. We used photo venues that were super close to the church and that we were able to get to via foot to eliminate mucking around getting in and out of cars, traffic, etc. Plus, after the ceremony we only had 15-30 minutes before sunset! 

Our family photos were taken at the reception. The photographer just pulled us aside and we went and shoulder tapped a few people and took them to the photo spot. 

Then we did a couple more of just us towards the end of the night, when it was dark (our wedding venue was SPECTACULAR at night). 

It wasn’t rushed, our pictures didn’t suffer for it, and we had a lot of fun. Talk to your photog about what you want to do. I’m so pleased we didn’t do a first look!

Post # 20
2713 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

We didn’t do a first look (they don’t seem to be a thing here!) and our timeline ran:

2pm ceremony, finished about 2:40pm.  Group photos outside the church – pretty much everyone hung around for those as most people were in at least one photo (and we did a shot of everyone too).  

This probably took the best part of 40 minutes, at which point non bridal party guests headed for our reception venue, which was a 30 minute drive away.  The venue opened at 4pm for cocktail hour on the terrace. We continued to take photos at the church for another 20 minutes (lovely grounds) before we headed for the reception venue too.  

We arrived at the reception venue at about 4:15pm and took more photos in the garden there before joining our cocktail hour from 5-5:30 when everyone headed inside and we started the reception proper.

So we did have a slightly longer cocktail “hour” – it was 90 minutes but there was plenty of appetisers and the bar was open, obviously, and it worked well for us.  However, if we’d wanted to go to anywhere else to take photos it would have been trickier; our venue choices did make it easy for us as they both were beautiful so we didn’t need any other options.

Post # 21
2331 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Your timeline seems very rushed, you need to make a lot more allowances

We had no first look but got married at the same venue as our reception. In one hour we got so many beautiful photos during the cocktail hour and rejoined during the first part of the official reception.

Yes I didn’t get to eat the delicious cocktail food and drinks but that’s because it was my wedding…

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