(Closed) For those of you not doing a first look, when did you do your pictures?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our photographer requires 30 mins after the ceremony for pictures if you choose not to do a first look, so we really didn’t have a choice but to do a small cocktail hour between the two…which works for us because everything is at one location. Plus, it gives our families some time to chat & catch up before heading to the reception. 

Not sure if that’s any help 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

we’re taking an hour or so after the ceremony for pictures…and having a small cocktail hour to occupy guests while we do so. 

Sorry if that’s not much help …. what about doing a day after shoot?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

we did a first look and did pictures during/after the first look (leaving 40 min before ceremony start after pictures…so guests would not see us and I had time to freshen up) and then did some pics after the ceremony. 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had a cocktail hour right after our ceremony so we missed our cocktail hour in order to do pictures

In your case, I would honestly recommend doing a first look. I dont think it would have taken anything away on the day of!

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

You really don’t have a choice if you have no time between the ceremony and reception. 
I think of first looks this way. There is no difference in seeing him before or during the ceremony. He’s still going to have emotion. In fact, he may have more emotion since 100 people aren’t looking at him expecting something. In a private setting, he may be more comfortable to show emotion. 

The only other thing you can do if you are set on not doing a first look is do a day after shoot. You would just have to get dressed up again, but you can do all the photos you didn’t get during the wedding. 

Is there any way you can squeeze in a cocktail hour after the ceremony? 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I too was against first look but my photographer, who I love, explained it to me this way.  “Your wedding day goes by so fast that you should get to spend as much time as your guests as possible.  Taking two hours to take photos while they are at cocktail hour?  You should be there enjoying the time with them!  He will still have a different reaction to seeing you walk down the aisle as the first look because now your marriage is becoming a reality.”

She sold me on it.  Plus she said everyone’s hair, make-up will look fresher if you do it first versus after.  Our ceremony site is a short walk away from the reception and I am looking forward to making the trek with my bridal party and guests to the party!

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I too was against first look but my photographer, who I love, explained it to me this way.  “Your wedding day goes by so fast that you should get to spend as much time with your guests as possible.  Taking two hours to take photos while they are at cocktail hour?  You should be there enjoying the time with them!  He will still have a different reaction to seeing you walk down the aisle as the first look because now your marriage is becoming a reality.”

She sold me on it.  Plus she said everyone’s hair, make-up will look fresher if you do it first versus after.  Our ceremony site is a short walk away from the reception and I am looking forward to making the trek with my bridal party and guests to the party!

 

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