Post # 1
What a difference time, and WeddingBee can make!! A year ago when FI’s friend did a First Look session, I couldn’t believe they were seeing each other before the wedding!! But after reading so many of your posts, reading your wonderful stories and seeing your most beautiful pictures, Fiance and I have finally decided 100% to do the First Look and I’m so excited about it!! Mom isn’t too happy, but I promised she could be there (albeit in the background) to at least witness his reaction when he sees me for the first time. 🙂
That all said, I need more logistical information. The wedding must start at 530pm. I want the photographer there to get a few getting ready pictures and to capture my father seeing me for the first time. Everything will happen on site (ie I will be getting ready in the same location at the ceremony and reception).
Could anyone tell me how much time I should give to allow for the First Look photos as well? If the photographer arrives at 4pm, would that be enough time to caputure us getting ready as well as do the First Look and still start the wedding on time?
Thanks so much for the advice and for all of your stories!!
Post # 3
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 # 4
@red_rose: Unfortunately we didn’t do engagement pictures. But since we’re going to do the First Look, I’m pretty sure we are going to get most of the family and wedding party pictures out of the way ahead of time as well….no need to wait until after the ceremony if the cat’s already out of the bag… so that’s why I was thinking of that amount of time, plus a little separation after pictures to freshen up and get ready for the big moment… ?????
Post # 5
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
@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
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
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
I would say our first look took 5 minutes, 10 minutes tops. It doesn’t take long at all.
Post # 10
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.