(Closed) For those of you having "FIRST LOOK" photos…

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

The pictures will probably come out better if you aren’t feeling rushed to get them done…and scheduling them that early allows for extra time if your timeline gets pushed back any…better safe than sorry!!!

Post # 4
2742 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

Thank you for starting this thread. My fiance and I actually decided to do this as well. We are getting married at 5pm and our reception will only be about 3.5 hours. I dont want to cut into that.


I’ll plan to bring refresher make up for before the ceremony. Before I was just going to do it before the reception.

Post # 5
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@DayDay:  I do not think that is too early, I think if you cut it too close you’ll be worried about timing. Trust your photographer, he/she does this all the time! 

Post # 6
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I agree with you it does sounds like a long time but I think you should just trust the photographer. They will be there for the ceremony as well (I’m presumming) so it’s not as if they have anywhere else to be so just trust them.

Post # 7
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Are you doing wedding party and parent photos before the wedding? If so, not too early at all. You need to leave PLENTY of time to account for moving around to new photo spots, people walking around the area, traveling between locations if needed, someone being late, running to the bathroom, weather, etc.

Our ceremony starts at 5:30, I want to be comfortably at the venue by 5:00. We are doing first look between 2-2:15 (leaving hotel at 1:45, depends how long it takes us to get to photo site). We’ll give ourselves 25-30 mins for photos alone, then wedding party and parents will join us around 2:45 for group photos. We’ll leave the photo site by around 4:30.

I had originally planned first look at 3 and the photographer requested we move it to 2. That actually seems a lot more calm to me.

Post # 8
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I don’t think that sounds like too much at all. I know that seems like a loooong time, but pictures really do take longer than you think. Plus, the photographer is budgeting a little extra time in case something goes wrong (someone is late, hair emergency, equipment issue, etc.). If you’re doing photos before the ceremony, you really want them finished before guests arrive, so that’s really giving you about 2 hours.

A couples weddings I was in with photos before the ceremony had similar timeframes. One started at 5:30–we did pictures at 2:30. One started at 7. We did pictures at 4. We’re doing ALL of our posed pics before the ceremony. Our ceremony starts at 3. We will begin taking pictures at noon.

I think this is pretty typical timing–just doesn’t seem like it would take that much time, but it does! Trust your photographer. It will be fine. 🙂

Post # 9
7426 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

It’s not too early. My DH and I did a first look, and I wanted to get most of our couple pictures out of the way beforehand, but my hair appointment ended up taking a really long time. We only had about 45 minutes for our pictures. I wish we would have had a lot more time.

By the way, we both LOVED doing the first look. It ended up being our favorite part of the day!

Post # 10
1201 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@DayDay:  I don’t think 2.5 hours for “first look” , bridal party, and family pictures isn’t too unreasonable. I agree with PP that it doesn’t hurt to have too much time than too little time so that way you aren’t being rushed! 🙂 Me and my FI’s ceremony is at 6 pm and we are planning to probably do pictures around 3:30-4 pm to give us sufficient time to get pictures done! But we may shorten the timeline because where we want to take pictures is less than 10 minutes from the church and less than 20 minutes from our hotel. 🙂 I like the idea of giving our photographer plenty of time to factor in things like people being late, camera issues, etc. 

Post # 11
387 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ll echo the others – that sounds reasonable, and even possibly a little short to me, depending on what you’re doing.  We were supposed to start photos at 2:30 for a 5:30 ceremony.  Us girls ran late (surprise, surprise) so we didn’t start until more like 3.  We did first look, formals (which were short – small group) and then and more us and bridal party pictures.  And I definitely would have liked more time with our bridal party – that half hour we ran late would have been enough.  Now, if you’re talking about just doing first looks pics and then saving the other stuff for after the ceremony, that seems like a lot of time.

Post # 12
11736 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

we are starting pictures 3.5 hours before our ceremony – first 1/2 hour is me getting into my dress and my parents’ “first look”, then me and FI’s first look, followed by bridal party and family photos.

Post # 13
6 posts

Thank you for starting this thread.

Post # 15
23589 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

If it helps any, we started our first look at 2:30 for a ceremony that started at 6:00.  It allowed for us to do the first look, bride/groom photos, photos with our bridal party, and our family, all before the guests arrived, and gave DH and I time to relax and take it easy before the ceremony started.   I would personally go with what your photographer said, just to be safe – plus, if you can get more photos done before your ceremony, it means that you can enjoy the post ceremony with your guests!

Post # 16
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We’re doing a first look also. I don’t think thats too early. The pictures will take a bit of time, but you also want to make sure you are back in the bridal suite before any guests start arriving. More time will make sure you don’t need to rush through the photos and will have time for makeup and hair touchups before the ceremony. 

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