(Closed) How much time to allot for first look and formals?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Looks like enough time to me, but how many people are there going to be after your first look? Do you have a must have shot list for that time slot? If so, for example if you have a picture with each Bridesmaid or Best Man and your Maid/Matron of Honor, then make sure you have enough time to take a bunch with each girl, etc. Also, have you thought of taking pictures with your family (parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.)? This needs to be addressed soon so that family knows not to leave since they’re needed at a certain time and place for pics.

Post # 5
2583 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

That looks like plenty of time to me, though your photographer is definitely the one that will know best about the timing.

Personally, I wouldn’t want to do bridal party pics and definitely not family pics after the first look and before the ceremony- the first look is supposed to calm nerves, get out the emotions, and prepare you guys. Family pictures would just make me go crazy again, though maybe wedding party would be okay.

Post # 6
1826 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

That’s pretty much the exact amount of time we allowed for first look and formal portraits and it was spot on perfect.  We started with the first look at 3:30 (we did a few getting ready pictures before that as I got dressed at the venue) followed immediately by formals; we finished up at 5:00 and went back inside to relax before the start of our 5:30 ceremony.  It was just enough time without feeling rushed.  We did a few more pictures of just my hubby and I after the ceremony but it only took about 15 minutes.  

That being said, I had a bridal party of 3 on each side so we didn’t have huge numbers of people to accommodate.  If your bridal party is pretty large, I’d factor in an additional ten minutes per person (it didn’t take quite that long with each girl but with the switching in and out, you would probably want to allow for that).  

Post # 8
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Sounds like you have enough time even if somethig runs longer than expected. I have to get working on the timeline. It’s so tricky.

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