(Closed) Did you have pictures taken before your ceremony?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

yup!  We did it, and I think it was a great idea! 

Our ceremony was at 4:30, so we did the first look at 2pm, and took couple shots after the first look, from around 2:10pm-3pm.  Then we spent the next hour to take bridal party pictures from 3-4pm.  around 4:10pm, we lined up for the ceremony, and the ceremony started on time at 4:30pm (amazing, right?)

I loved doing it this way because then we had plenty of time to do family pictures after the ceremony, since we got all the couple and bridal party pictures out of the way already!  We actually didn’t even need the full hour, and were able to relax alone for 10-20 minutes eating appetizers and getting our marriage license signed.  😀

Post # 4
1633 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I think we are going to do a first look and spend some time together – not only for the photos, but to just have a few moments together before all the madness starts.  I can’t see it making things more stressful – unless the fact that it will shift your “timeline” forward would stress you out (by having to be in hair/makeup/dress earlier than you would otherwise, and therefore possibly making your morning or afternoon a little more hectic).

Post # 5
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We did and I love those pictures the most.  We were at the venue at 4 for me to get in my dress and touch up my makeup.  Then we took pictures until about 5:30.  Our wedding started at 6:30 but guests started arriving at 6:00.

Post # 6
5653 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Yes we took all the pictures before the ceremony, which worked out fantastically!

We did a first look, which was an amazing moment for both of us. It was so intimate and we were able to pause for a second and just soak it all in together!

After the first look, we had ample time to take photos together and got so many fantastic ones! It was nice not to feel rushed.

Because we did the photos before the ceremony, we were able to mingle with guests during out cocktail hour. It was nice to actually have more time to chat with people and many of our guests told us they appreciated that we were present at our own party instead of running off to take photos.

I wouldn’t have changed a thing!

Post # 7
13889 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We’re doing first look and formal portraits before the ceremony so we can actually enjoy our cocktail hour and visit with our guests.  I’m really excited – my sister did first look photos and they came out fantastic!

Post # 8
2 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

We’re actually doing something totally different – we’re doing first look the day before the wedding.  We’re getting married out of town so I can’t have my hair and makeup trial until very close to wedding.  So I’m having hair/makeup on Friday, then we’re having a two hour session with our photographer (we worked this out in leiu of photos or wedding albums, etc.), rehearsal after (will change clothes so no one sees me in dress).  Then we’ll have family and wedding party photos before the wedding on Saturday. 

I love this idea for a few reasons – 1) large family – lots of pictures.  The pictures of he and I are the most important to me, and I don’t want to rush thru them.  I want to have time to enjoy the first look, without everyone looking at us and wanting us to hurry up.  2)  It will just be he and I, so it will feel very intimate.  3)  We’ll need to take just a few at the venue before the wedding, so we can concentrate on the family and wedding party pics. 

I’m hoping it turns out like we expect….  will let you know! 

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