Did you wear your wedding bands for pre-ceremony photos?

posted 3 months ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We didn’t do a first look and took photos after the ceremony, but honestly I can’t even tell that we’re wearing our rings in the majority of photos unless I REALLY look. Can you have your photographer take a couple of pictures of the two of you after the ceremony (maybe with some focusing on the rings) or is your schedule too tight?

I wouldn’t have wanted the responsibility of holding onto the rings with everything else going on that day, and I think it’s kind of fun to see the photos as the “last moments before you get married.” That said, I don’t believe in bad luck at all so you should do whatever you want!

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We didn’t wear our rings in our first look photos, but we also had some time set aside right after the ceremony for portraits of just the two of us. Even so I don’t think you can really even see or notice our rings in most pictures anyway but we aren’t ones to specifically take hand shots. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

We did all of our photos preceremony – first look and family photos. All of the pictures from after the ceremony are “action” shots – not posed – i.e. the cake cutting or first dance.

I wore my engagement ring only and my H did not wear his band yet. Our photog took those classic pics of our rings on the invitations but in all the photos of us it’s clearly “pre” marriage. There’s a couple hand shots and I think it’s nice. After the ceremony we have a silly photo of us “flashing” our rings at the camera and making silly faces. It’s cute and I don’t think we miss our rings in the couple portraits or anything. If you think you’ll miss it, feel free to put it on for a few photos – but I don’t think it stands our or anything that we aren’t wearing them. 

I don’t think it’s bad luck but I also wouldn’t worry about it if you’re ring-less. I’m happy with the way we did our photos and have no ring related regrets 🙂

Post # 6
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Helper bee

If you want to have your rings visible in a few of the photos then definitely wear them for the pictures. I don’t see anything wrong with wearing them for 30 minutes or an hour before the wedding. Sometimes we get caught up in worrying about how we’re “supposed” to do stuff, but in the end it really doesn’t matter. Just enjoy your day and do what makes you happy! 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I would just make sure you consider logistics! I know that my wedding morning, I handed off my wedding band to my photographer so they could get some ring shots together. And then after that, my wedding planner took my ring and gave it to my husband/best man so they had it for the ceremony. So just be mindful of where your rings may be in the morning timeliness! I’m sure you can work it to where you have your rings available for photos!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

We wore ours for our pictures (which were also pre-ceremony) but honestly you can’t even see them. The only pic where you can see our rings is one post-ceremony pic of us “flipping off” the camera with our ring fingers (my avatar, actually! Haha)

So I don’t think it’s bad luck and I think if you’re going to have your hands especially visible in any pictures it’s a good idea, just know that it might end up not mattering much either way! 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

All our photos were done after our ceremony, so we both had our rings.  The photographer only took one photo that focussed on our rings (our hands on top of my bouquet), but they are noticeable in several other shots – I guess it depends on lighting and also size/colour of rings as to how noticeable they are.  

Wear them beforehand if you want to – just make sure you have a plan for getting them into the right place before the ceremony, so you aren’t at the point of needing the rings and realise you’ve left them in your photoshoot area!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

If they are first look photos, I don’t think you should wear your rings, since it isn’t fitting for the vibe of the photo.  If you want to just take shots pre-ceremony due to time reasons, as well, then I would wear them. So maybe shots with them on and shots with them off? (If possible?)

 

ETA: If I remember your rings correctly, I think they would be noticeable in photos, so I think that is something to consider based on what PPs are saying. (They are beautiful BTW)!

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I think it’s totally fine to wear them if you want them in the photos. I don’t really subscribe to most of the ring symbolism/bad luck stuff, so it wouldn’t make a difference to me either way. If you’re confident enough in your relationship to marry the guy, wearing a ring a few hours early isn’t going to break you up!

We didn’t for our pre-wedding photos, but you can’t tell. (We also did some couple shots after the ceremony, but you can’t really tell in those either)

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

We did pre-ceremony photos (I hesitate to call them First Look, as we got ready together), and we didn’t wear our wedding bands, although our photographer did borrow our rings to take some artsy photos of our rings with the wedding invitations, flowers, etc.  

I don’t think we have many photos where our rings are clearly visibly on our hands.  In fact, the only one I can think of was taken by a guest, not our photographer.

I bet it’s not too uncommon for couples to wear their wedding bands for first-look type photos, though.

Post # 13
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Worker bee

I’m of the thought the photos just your & hubby are sharing together need only be bound by the rules you set for yourselves, so whichever option makes you feel happy thinking about is the right one☺️
Hubby & I wore each other’s bands; mine on his pinky & his on my thumb right up until the officiant asked if we had the ring. They weren’t the main focus of any of the photos prior, but were visible. We got ready & drove   together to the ceremony location, so also no first look. We did decide to take most “just us” photos in areas far from our ceremony site early plus prepare and read vows privately just the two of us ahead of the ceremony. I’ll admit I still get a little flutter seeing those photos wearing ea other’s rings and recalling the mixture of calm love during sharing those private moments together and anticipation of what was to come. Our photographer took several starring our wedding bands during the afterward mini couple shoot, too, so best of both worlds.

Post # 14
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Worker bee

*far from ceremony site=different area of a massive garden. It was more comfortable than the idea of taking forever walking all over after the ceremony trying to fit in all the areas we loved while feeling rushed because family was waiting on us.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper

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@bouviebee:  

I don’t really believe in bad luck or what is ‘proper’ in this instance , but I do like the idea of non -wedding- ringed hands before the ceremony and ringed ones after . It marks the transition so nicely  I think. 

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