(Closed) I need ADVICE – when to take pictures *ONE VENUE wedding*

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Since our ceremony/reception is at the same venue, when should we take pictures?

    Take couple photos BEFORE ceremony (early before any guests arrive)

    Take couple & wedding party photos BEFORE ceremony

    Take ALL photos inbetween ceremony and reception (don't see each other before wedding)

    Take wedding party/family photos inbetween ceremony and reception

    OTHER - if you have better suggestions please tell me! Thanks!

  • Post # 3
    504 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I would think 2 hours is more then enough time to take pictures. I would take it after the ceremony that way your fiance still gets to see you walking down the aisle for the first time ,like he wanted. 

    Post # 4
    1311 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    You will be fine. YOu don’t want to see him before… let him see you for the first time when you are walking down the isle… it’s romantic, emotional…

    We are also having a ceremony and reception at the same venue. Just be firm with everyone and say you have to take photos. Everyone will understand.

    Post # 5
    306 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We’re having ours at the same place too. We decided I’ll do all my pics with my girls and he’ll do all of his with his guys before the ceremony. We’re going to do all the pictures we can before so that we don’t have to take up a lot of reception time taking them. I don’t want to do a first look or anything either. But I think guests will know you have to take pictures, so they should understand!

    Post # 6
    14 posts
    • Wedding: August 2011

    If you don’t want to see each other before the ceremony getting all the photos between ceremony and reception should be fine. But really you should talk to your photographer and ask if 1 1/2 hours is enough time for them. It’s pretty tight, but it should be workable if you don’t want a ton of family and bridal party shots. Otherwise I would suggest doing your bride/groom shots before the ceremony and the other formals after the ceremony.

    Just ask your photographer to take control and tell everyone it’s time for family photos. You can then just ask the rest of guests to go in for the cocktail reception.

    Post # 7
    789 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    You can always take bridal party pictures with your girls before with out seeing him. Just like he can as well with his Groomsmen. He can get away with some family/guest stuff too before. (you said you don’t want Anyone to see you so guests/family photos are out for you) Then after you can do more photos together with family/bridal party.

    Make a list of who you want photos with and have people(BM/GM)make sure who you want photos with is ready. This makes the formals much more efficient. Do your best to have things run on time so photos taking is not cut short because the reception is about to start.

    If you can talk him into a first look then you can get all the bridal party shots and of you two so all you have to do is family/guest formals after the ceremony. First looks are so intimate with raw emotion, they are just lovely.. not 120 people staring at you.. just a private moment with the two of you to gaze, hug, cry, and really take each other in. You can also enjoy cocktail hour and mingle with guests if you do a first look.

    Its really up to you two how you want to do it. First looks makes it easier and so will a list with and people to help ensure they are ready.

    If its running on time and you have to get through lots of formals Id estimate you’ll have 20-30 minutes of alone photos of just you two.


    Post # 8
    9126 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    “Could we do a lot of couple photos before the ceremony (and while my hair and makeup are still pretty- lol) and then take some with the parents and bridal party after the ceremony?”

    Our circumstances with the venue are very similar to yours, and this is exactly what we’re doing.  (Well, what I’m planning – Fiance isn’t particular about not seeing me before the ceremony, so he’ll go along with whatever.)

    If you’re trying convince him to do a “first look”, I found this article very helpful!


    Post # 9
    739 posts
    Busy bee

    Seeing that your ceremony is at 3 which means you would be doing photos before around 1:30/2ish the light isn’t going to be that great. I would do them in between but just try to make it clear to your guests that you don’t want backseat photo taking. Having others stand behind the photographer taking photos will result in the photos taking twice as long and people will be looking all over the place. Maybe try to pick a location that away from the guests as much as possible for the bigger groups and then instruct your photographer to let guest know you want the couples photos to be more intimate and only the three of you.

    Post # 12
    10451 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I plan to get separate pictures done before the ceremony. Like me and my bridesmaids, family, etc. And his side too. Obviously that works better with two photographers though but you could at least do some of those before the ceremony to save time later. We won’t be seeing each other until the ceremony either. 

    Post # 13
    745 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    We’re having both at one venue. We’ve got about an hour between the end of the ceremony and dinner, so we’re doing all pictures then. We aren’t worried about multiple picture locations (we have a few right around the venue) and we know we don’t want anything too contrived or over the top for pictures.

    Post # 14
    1680 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I would suggest taking some photos before (ie: you with the bridesmaids, him and the groomsmen, you with your family, etc) but leaving the photos with him for after. If everyone on the bee weren’t swooning over how great first look sessions are, would you still want it?

    I know for me.. there is NOTHING more romantic than locking eyes as you come down the aisle and letting his excitement, nerves, shock, and everything else show at once. I think it is so so beautiful.

    If you’re having cocktail hour, could you have someone lead the guests to the drinks and snacks? If you make it clear you’re going to take photos, I’m sure the guests won’t bother you. (maybe a few stragglers. lol)

    Post # 15
    9821 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Your venue sounds similar to how ours was. We did the first look, bridal party and immediate family member pictures before the ceremony. Then after the ceremony we went to take more pictures while the guests went inside for cocktail hour. No one minded that we went off for more photos, I think that’s pretty expected.

    I personally loved our first look, that was the one part of the day we were actually alone together lol. I know everyone wants that dramatic look down the aisle, but honestly the first look was much more personal to me. By far.


    Post # 16
    789 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

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    @goldie602:  Id go for it if he will. 🙂 You really cant take it in when you get to the alter if you know what I mean. You barely get a moment up there at all.. You cant tell him how handsome he looks and hug him nor can he tell you how amazing you look.. Certainly not like you can with a private first look… Also 98% of the time brides & grooms never get to enjoy cocktail hour and really get to mingle with guests. You have to blaze through it at the reception.

    Back in the day many brides & grooms walked together up the aisle… The whole not seeing each other stemmed from arranged marriages. IDK Im just not superstitious.. I think in time first looks will become more of a tradition.

    Im eloping, we are getting ready together and walking down the aisle together. I want to tie his tie and fix his collar. Im cheesy. 😀

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