(Closed) Decided on the First Look!!!

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I haven’t done first look (yet,) but 1.5 hours sounds like a LOT for just pictures of the 2 of you. But I guess you’ll probably be going your separate ways to get ready last minute stuff, so you’ll really probably only have an hour, which still seems like a lot of time. Did you take engagement pictures? If so, you can have an idea for how many pictures you were able to take in a certain amount of time.

Post # 5
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it depends if you want to do the majority of your pictures with your families/ bridal party before the ceremony.  We basically did all our pictures before the ceremony and I think we started at 2:30 and had to go to 2 different sites (one inside, the other at a local arboreum).  If you do outside pictures, make sure you have time to get back to the location and freshen up before the ceremony.  I think we finished pictures by 4:45 and the ceremony started at 5:30.  Doing all the pictures ahead of time was really nice because we went straight to dinner and our guests didn’t have to wait.

Edit: I guess I didn’t clarify.  We did the first look with just my now husband and I and the 2 photographers (they actually made our parents, etc go in a separate room, and I was happy that they did so it was just the two of us).  After about 5 minutes, we started the family and bridal party pictures.

Post # 6
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@vabride2011: Well getting ready, probably not. My photog showed up at 3pm and our ceremony started at 6pm. We also shot wedding party photos prior too though, so that during cocktail hour we could do family photos and then attend half of the cocktail hour.

Post # 7
7296 posts
Busy Beekeeper

the first look is just that – a first look.  i have amazing first look pics that probably took less than 5 minutes to get. all you want is that initial reaction upon seeing eachother. however, my photographer wanted us to go around and do a bride and groom photo shoot. so we met about 1.5 hours before the ceremony. we had allotted 30 mins for our photos, but we took longer. was then supposed to be 30 mins for bridal party and 30 mins to relax before the ceremony.  because we ended up taking an hour for our own photo shoot, other things got sacrificed.  so, unless you are doing a full photo shoot, i dont think u need a lot of time for just the first look. i would say 30 mins so you can just hang out a bit too, but more if you want to get other pics in.

Post # 8
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Awesome! I’m really excited that I chose a first look session too. I can’t wait and I hope the photographer gets good photos!


Post # 9
4419 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I would say our first look took 5 minutes, 10 minutes tops.  It doesn’t take long at all. 

Post # 10
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You might not have enough time if you are doing couple pictures along with the actual ‘first look’.  We arrived at our location at 4.  Did just a couple getting ready pics of me (mostly my Mother-In-Law fixing my hair and me touching up makeup) and then took pictures until 6.  Our wedding started at 6:30.

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