Post # 1
My wedding ceremony starts at 2 PM. I only have one matron of honor (no bridesmaids) and she is doing her own hair and makeup as well as helping with the flower girls’ hair. I will have photos of us getting ready and then a first look. When should I have my photographers arrive? They are thinking 12PM but I am thinking I should have them there at 11 or 11:30. We have a male and a female photographer. The male photographer will do photos of the groom getting ready and the detail shots of the ceremony/reception decor. The female photographer will do get-ready photos in the bridal suite. Then, both photographers will come together for our first look photos.
Any ideas on when our photographers should arrive?
Post # 2
Also, we have our photographers for 8 hours.
Post # 3
Talk with your photographer about your specific timeline and how much time they need. A lot goes into timing….is your first look happening at the ceremony location? Do you have to travel between venues?
For me personally, it all depends on how much we’re trying to accomplish during a first look. Typically my couples are knocking out couples portraits as well as bridal party photos and/or family formals so it’s less to do after the ceremony. With only one attendant on each side, it should take too much time unless you’re wanting to do your family formals.
Post # 4
We are getting ready 5 minutes from the ceremony location. We are thinking of doing a first look a little further away to prevent guests from seeing us before the actual ceremony. We are doing bridal party photos and family formals after the ceremony. I haven’t yet made a timeline, but I need to get the starting time back to my photographer so we can sign the photography contract
Post # 5
We were doing a first look.
I had only 1 Maid/Matron of Honor.
We started getting ready at 12:30/1pm.
Photographer arrived at 1:30pm to shoot my DH in his suite and then at 2pm they came over to my suite to do details and getting ready pics.
We were *SUPPOSED* to start the First look at 3pm but realistically, it started at 3:30pm.
We did a few at our hotel for maybe 15 minutes, jumped in our limo for 15 min drive to venue and then had 4-5pm first look photos at our venue. Then I think they did about 15 minutes of pics w groom & his ushers.
I’ve always been told allow 45 minutes-1 hour for first look, we opted to have more time bc we wanted shots at both our hotel and venue.
Post # 6
Our ceremony was at 6:30.
We scheduled our first look for 5:15 at the venue. It took 10-15 minutes max. We didn’t do any posed photos with just the two of us pre-ceremony. Our first look was literally just the first look. Then we took an additional 30 minutes to do family/wedding party pictures. All our formal pictures were done by 6. So we half an hour to just hang out and relax before the ceremony.
But talk to your photographer about how long everything will take. Our photographers were super organized and good at giving directions which made them quick with the formal pictures, a less experienced photographer may take longer to get those pictures. They may be expecting to do poses photos at the same time as the first look which would take longer.
Post # 7
It sounds like I may want to start getting ready with my maid of honor at 8:30AM and be ready by 12:30. Maybe I should have the first look and hour and half before the actually ceremony and I think I may want to plan on being done with the first look and couples photos 30-45 min before the ceremony. This way we don’t have to be late to the ceremony. I like the idea of having a fun breakfast with my maid of honor while we get ready. All this advice gives me ideas! However, I’m still unsure how long the photographer is in the bridal suite during the “getting ready” phase???