Post # 1
I just decided to do a First Look–or rather, am on the fence, leaning in. We have a 5PM ceremony (in 15 days!) and as sunset is at 5:45, we wont get any pictures in in the light if we dont. Also, i’m coming to realize that it might be nice to have that private moment with my FI before we get married. I know that the ceremony will still be emotional, i practically cry just thinking about the wedding, so that wont be an issue, but now that i’m leaning in, i wonder, what do my bridesmaids and family etc do while we are doing this? any suggestions? what did your family do?
Post # 3
Are you taking wedding party pictures before or just bride/groom portraits?
We did a first look, and the wedding party members were finishing getting ready to take pictures. We did it in the sanctuary, so some of our family were creeping through the windows too haha.
Post # 4
We will probably do wedding party pictures before too, but as I’ve read in lots of forums, the bridesmaids and mom’s etc, should all be ready BEFORE the bride, so that when they are in pictures helping the bride dress etc, its a finished product, instead of the bridesmaids helping me into my dress, in their sweats. what do you think?
Post # 5
They just hang out, and guests wait in the ceremony area.
Post # 6
our bridal party just hung out in the bridal suites and had some lunch until we were ready for pictures with the entire bridal party.
Post # 7
lunch! thats a great suggestion! distract with food 🙂
Post # 8
Yes they should be ready first so they look good in pics too. your bridal party can watch you have your photos done as it doesn’t take much time for first look. One of our pics has the bms in the window looks really good
Post # 9
Defo have them get ready before!
Your first look doesn’t take hours anyway so have your 10-15 minutes together and get some shots and then incorporate the bridal party and etc.
My groomsmen took advantage of the hotel bar:
we were literally having our first look 20 yards away in the room in the back:
It was easy!
They will have plenty to do in preparation for the big day, even if they are just taking their own pix on their phones and touching up their make up!
I’m excited for your sunset pix!!!
Post # 10
When i was in my friend’s wedding, we were there for their first look. we kept her calm until he came out (her nerves were shot!) and once they saw each other, it was so emotional, we all started crying! it was awesome and i felt honored to share that moment with them.
Post # 11
My family members were mingling with each other and checking out the place while our team of photographers and our coordinator set up the FL for us (e.g. where, how, when). They found a place sort of hidden away for us, so we didn’t have relatives peeking in and ogling. I loved how private it was.
Post # 12
lilbluebird–that’s what i’m hoping for–a very private moment, since we did not want to do it anyway.
Post # 13
Anyone who is having the bridesmaids get ready before–please, PLEASE give yourself plenty of time. I have had two friends–and have read numerous stories on here–with situations where the hairdresser/makeup people run late with the bridesmaids, and then they have to rush through the bride’s hair/makeup. One missed her first look altogether. 🙁
This is actually really common–it happened to me on my senior prom, they started with my little sister because she’s just a freshman and they wanted to do mine as late as possible so it wouldn’t fall, but by the time we got out of there and I got into my prom dress, BF and I would have had to set a landspeed record to make our reservations. So we were scrambling around at the last minute, trying to find a place that could take a last-minute reservation on prom night (yeah, that was a fun process.) And that was just with one other person!