(Closed) How long did your pre-ceremony photos take?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I like to have at least 30 minutes with family, 30 with the wedding party and 30 with the couple to do the best job possible. 

Post # 4
2340 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My photographer showed up to the venue about 2.5 hours prior to our ceremony. He got there before I did! He took photos of our centerpieces, decor, cake, and ones of us getting ready (putting on my dress, jewelry, finishing makeup touches). Then it took about 1 hour – 1.5 hours for my bridal portraits, bridesmaids pictures, and my immediate family photos. It took 30-45 minutes for the groom’s photos, groomsmen, and his immediate family photos.

Your photographer should have a good idea how long it will take him/her to take pre-ceremony pictures so I’d ask him/her what they estimate and maybe add another 1/2 hour on that so you’re not rushing.

Post # 5
5243 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Our pre-ceremony took about an hour.  We did a first look and took random shots with me, DH, my brothers, and Maid/Matron of Honor.  We also took more photos after the ceremony though.  I lost track of time during that time. 

Post # 6
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Talk to your photographer.  Most have a process oh how long they ideally need to complete posed portraits.  Also will be heavily dependent on how long your list of family formals is and how many people you have in your bridal party.

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