(Closed) I’m so torn about when to take pictures… advice!?! Please help!

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1313 posts
Bumble bee

I am big on the first look! Mainly because it will calm my nerves. I will be a big ball of tears if we don’t do it!  Plus, it will give you an intimate chance to see your Fiance before the ceremony, which I think is so sweet, as you will prob. be running around like a mad woman the rest of the night 🙂

Check out some of the threads on “First Look”, there are a lot of reasons that it is a good thing. If you are questioning it, it will help you.

My advice is keep the pics first!

Also, I alloted a ton of time to pictures, but I have read in several places it does not take long at all. I just wanted to be on the safe side. Estimates I heard were about 30 – 45 min per set… For example, 30 min for you and your BMs, 30 min for Fiance and is GMs, 30 min for his fam, 30 min for your fam… etc.

So my only advice might be to start the photos a little sooner, depending on what you have planned. Do you have extended family to take photos with, or is it just your wedding party and parents? If it is just 6 people in the wedding party, plus your parents, I think an hour and a half is good!!



Post # 4
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I can tell you right now, you will not be introduced at 6:15. It’s going to take almost that long just to get people out of the venue, then getting family/friends to FOCUS when taking formal pictures is a huge pain in the butt. EVERYONE is very rightly excited, but that means attention spans are almost 0. I would keep the pics first if you can handle the first look, make sure your to the venue at least 30 min. before ceremony time, you’re at 1 hour so you should be good. Then I would push your announcing back to 6:30 at the earliest, dinner at 6:45. Besides 15 min. isn’t a lot of time for your guests to get a drink, say hello to one person, and get to their table for your entrance. 

Post # 5
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you don’t want to have a first look, don’t let anyone force you into it!  We’ve decided that we don’t want one, so we are going to do all of our girly bridal party shots before (and all the boy shots as well), some quick whole bridal party shots after the ceremony, and the main chunk of time will be for the two of us.


This works for us because we don’t have big families, it may not work for you if you have a lot of time to spend on family portraits


Post # 6
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you don’t want a first look, you’re going to need more time. You’re going to need to move up your ceremony enough that you have about 45 min. to an hour for formals with family, at LEAST 15min if not 30min for you and your husband, and then about 15 min. for the entire bridal party. Then, before ceremony, do bride/bridesmaids. Groom/groomsmen. After ceremony you just have to put it all together.

Post # 8
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

A lady at my church said to take a couple of photo shoots before the wedding

1.) Bride with bridesmaids

2.) Groom with groomsmen

That way it will save you time after the wedding and the bride and groom do not see each other…

Post # 9
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We took a long time for pictures. About 1 1/2 hours. I didn’t do the first look because I wanted that look when my husband sees me for the first time when I am walking down the aisle to my song. (I had a very non-trad song). It was so beautiful and one of my favorite parts of the day. We had a full cocktail hour and 1/2… haha but it was worth it to us. Because in the end are pictures are gonna be awesome!!

Post # 10
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

My husband and I had a first look and I loved it.  It gave us a chance to spend some time together before the wedding (because you will not have time to sit and relax with eachother after the ceremony).  It didn’t make the walk down the aisle any less special either.

Post # 11
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

we are taking pics before the ceremony. there is no way to avoid it. our ceremony isn’t until 7:15. i think a first look will calm my panic response anyway. my concern is getting my dress/shoes dirty before the ceremony!!

Post # 12
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

See each other before the ceremony. I can’t tell you how happy you’ll be with that decision. Otherwise, you’ll miss cocktail hour with your guests, and you’d be surprised how many brides regret that because the reception goes by so fast!

Brides and grooms think that first looks aren’t special or emotional, when really, I think they’re MORE special and emotional than seeing each other during the aisle walk. When you’re walking down the aisle, people are looking at you, and it’s a little overwhelming. I don’t even remember my husband’s face as I came down. BUT, we did a first look, and I completely remember his face when he first saw me. It was intimate, special, and after the ceremony, we had 15 mins on family portraits, and we were done! It was awesome.

Guests also saw me before the ceremony, and I didn’t care. They gotta see you sometime!

Post # 13
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re doing a day after bride/groom shoot, but also doing wedding party and family pictures before the ceremony. Fiance helped me pick out my dress, so no surprises here. 🙂

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