(Closed) first look timing

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@missmature: We’ve been considering a first look too though it has been highly discouraged by pretty much everyone we know. Honestly, who cares what they think?!

If we choose to do it, we will plan our first look for about an hour before the ceremony start time only because I wont want our guests to see us before the wedding. We will get done all of our formal shots with just us and the bridal party. That way after the ceremony, we will only have to take family pictures which will greatly cut down on the picture time so we can enjoy our cocktail hour. 

As for the touch-ups, I cant really answer that but I would assume that if you needed a touch up then to go for it. Though, if your like me and having the hair and makeup come to your resort, you probably wont want to pay them to sit around and wait until after your first look to touch you up. 

Post # 4
1057 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@missmature: A first look is basically (for me) the portrait time with the entire wedding party before the actual ceremony. So, depending on how large your wedding party is and how efficient your photographer is, I’d allow for an hour to an hour and a half before the ceremony. 

Post # 5
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

My husband and I had our ceremony at 6:30.  We were at the location at 4:30, had our first look around 4:45 and took pictures together until a little before 6.  These were only pictures of the two of us and the best pictures we got from the wedding by far.  We still had to do some pictures with the family afterward but we had a smaller wedding so those only took about an hour.

I only had to put some more hairspray in, dust some powder on my face, and touch up the gloss on my lips.

Post # 6
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are doing a first look at an outdoor location(we are meeting in our limos with our wedding party). We are doing this 3 hours before the wedding starts. After the outdoor shoot we will head back to the venue for some shots there and some champagne. I plan on having to touch up my makeup and hair. We are also doing a portrait session 6 weeks before the wedding to ensure some awesome shots.

Post # 7
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

We had our first look at 3, pictures at 3:10, ketubah signing at 4:30, and ceremony at 5:00.

Our goal was just to get as many pictures as possible before the ceremony. We ended up doing immediate family pics and some wedding party pics.

Post # 8
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had our first look at 4pm, did pics with us, wedding party, and family until about 6:15, and then the ceremony was at 7pm. I didn’t have to do any touching up except more lip gloss and an adjustment of my veil. 

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