Post # 1
It’s been a stressful day so I thought I’d daydream about my perfect wedding to relax. I think that I’d not want photos, because they would interrupt the real moments shared with family and friends.
I would rather go to a studio before/after in my dress and have my photo taken and spend more time with my guests. One wedding I went to took 2 hours after the ceremony for photos. Guests were standing there with not much to do and it was way awkward.
I think a wedding with no cell phones or cameras would be my ideal.
Thoughts? Did photos take away from your special day? Or have you treasured them?
Post # 2
A good photographer will understand time management & not take away from your day.
Post # 4
lauralaura123 : I’d still do the photography. I didn’t even notice pictures being taken during the ceremony and I loved the candid photos. You can also set a time for how long you want to take pictures. Your guests will barely notice you being gone to take pics for 20-30 minutes. A good photography can make it happen. I treasure my photos and love looking at them especially when I’m away from hubs (military). I regret not also doing videography!
Post # 5
lauralaura123 : It’s totally possible to do a wedding without the “photo taking gap.” If you hire a photojournalist style photorapher and let them know you explicitly only want them to document the actual events of the day, not to do any photo shoot or family photo time, you can have your photos without any interuption. The sponatnious of photos of real moments are always my fav anyway.
Of course, that said, if you actually don’t care about having photos…this is a great way to save a CHUNK of change on your wedding! You just need to be really sure that pro photos aren’t something you want.
For me, I cherish my wedding photos and am glad I spent the money. But for me it was never a question, I knew I wanted them and cared about them. Most people do. But not everyone. Don’t hire a photographer just becuase you feel like you must.
Post # 6
We did our couple, family, and wedding party photos before our ceremony which was perfect for us. It took the stress out and allowed us to enjoy cocktail hour with our guests. She did candids and a few posed photos with grandparents etc for the rest of the day and it did not bother anyone in the slightest. I treasure all my photos and I can’t imagine not having them. I’m fairlt certain you’d regret it. After your perfect day, photos and memories that fade are all you have.
And we had no photos for the ceremony and didn’t care what people did after, also a non issue.
Post # 7
Look for a “photojournalist” style photographer who does mostly candid work during the wedding, rather than having scheduled posed photos that take time from your day. You can do a “first look” before the wedding if you want some posed photos.
Post # 9
I was on the fence for photo’s. In the end we hired someone affordable, and I am so glad we did.
We asked our photographer for candid shots of our day, no poses. We barely noticed her and we have tons of photo’s of us engaging with our family and friends.
We only did a few “posed” shots of ourselves and then several group shots with all of our guests. In total it only took 10 minutes for our “couples” photos, a few minutes for each group shot, totalling to under a half hour. It was all very informal, “hey you, get in this picture now!” – really fun and felt genuine.
I would suggest you get a photographer and ask for candid shots of your day, maybe do a few spur of the moment “posed” photos with your SO, but nothing as formal as going off to a different area/location and posing for a set amount of time.
Post # 10
One thing I absolutely hate from being a wedding guests is when the bride & groom go off for 3 hours & have photos taken at an exotic location.
I am getting married in 2.5 months & will not be doing this.
We have a friend of ours who is a photographer who will be taking photos in the church & outside the church. We have hired a videographer up until dance time.
That is it!
Post # 11
lauralaura123 : You could do a first look, and perhaps include some family photos at the same time. Our photographers did an amazing job and getting great group shots quickly. No one noticed we missed fifteen minutes of the cocktail hour!
Post # 12
For our wedding we’ve scheduled photos before with family and some while we get ready. The rest will be candid shots during the ceremony and reception. We want to enjoy the night and I don’t even really like posed photos. So this works well for us.
Post # 13
We treasure our photos! If you do not want to do posed photos you don’t have to, but I would definitely hire a photographer to at least do candid photos. You literally didn’t even notice my photographer except for during the posed photos. Like I swear she was invisible during the ceremony. She even has pictures from the centre of the dance floor and no one remembers seeing her there. A good photographer will know how to be discreet.
A first look also sounds good for you, you can get all the posed shots done before the ceremony! I wouldn’t go to a studio personally, I think studio photos often look awkward and forced. Much better to have the photographer come to you and use gardens or nice buildings.
Post # 14
I feel like you’ll really regret not having photos done and you haven’t found the right photographer or seen wedding photos you really like.
we seriously love ours and I would’ve regretted not having ours done.
Post # 15
I’m another one in the photojournalist camp. We’re having minimal posed photos. We wanted someone who really captured the essence of our day. All of our poses photos are going to be done in the space of 30 minutes tops. We’re paying for the photographer for a lot longer than that but we really want the moments of the day.