(Closed) Photos before Ceremony or after?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Photos before or after ceremony?
    Before : (33 votes)
    55 %
    After : (20 votes)
    33 %
    It depends .. (explain) : (7 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    You’ll want to figure out what the light is like.  The sun set around 6:30pm for us (October, pre-time change).  Talk to your photog about natural light.  If you want any outdoor pictures, before would be your only bet.

    Post # 4
    Member
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    At that time of year on the east coast sunset is right before your ceremony start time. If you are okay with having all indoor photos, you can wait until after the ceremony. But if you want outdoor photos, you must do them before your ceremony.

    EDIT: We did all of our photos before the wedding and got to enjoy cocktail hour with our guests. It was so much fun, and I would make the same choice again. We also scheduled a day after shoot with our photographer to assure that we would have plenty of photo time without being rushed. Any shots that we didn’t geton our wedding day would be covered during our day after shoot.

    Post # 5
    Member
    1426 posts
    Bumble bee

    Our ceremony wasn’t until 5pm so we took our pictures before the ceremony. Best. Idea. Ever. We had 4 hours to take pictures with my family then travel to 3 different locations with our bridal party. We even had a half hour to just breathe and relax with a cup of coffee before the ceremony. We took pictures with DH’s family right after the ceremony, and a few more with just Darling Husband and I right after supper, but we’re SO glad we did the bulk of our photo session before-hand. We weren’t rushed at all and that was the best feeling ever on our big day!

    Post # 6
    Member
    5657 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    We’re doing all our photos before for a few reasons:

    1. Daylight. We’re getting married in February when the days are short, so we want to make sure we have sun in our pictures!
    2. We want to do a first look.
    3. We want to be able to actually mingle with quests during the cocktail hour after the ceremony
    4. We don’t want to rush the photos.

     

    Post # 7
    Member
    359 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    It just depends on what is more important to you – lighting or your Fiance seeing you before the wedding. I am a super tradionalist, so I, or course, picked after. You can still take great pics in indoor places or make sure you tell your photographer they’ll need good lighting. I couldn’t imagine seeing my Fiance before-hand, but again that’s just my opinion. I know ‘first look’ shots are getting more popular but the thing I am most excited about is when the doors open and my Fiance gets to see me for the first time – in front of everyone.

    Post # 8
    Member
    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    We got married in November, it was dark by 5pm and we definitely wanted outdoor photos so we took pictures before the ceremony (had a first look).  I agree with farmerswife – best decision ever.  Got awesome outdoor photos, had a really special private moment when we saw each other for the first time, and got to enjoy most of the cocktail hour with our guests!

    Post # 9
    Member
    964 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    This will be the first of many joint decisions you need to hash out in the wedding process. My fiance didn’t care either way… “as long as we’re married at the end of the day, I’m good”. Wink

    I agree with the other ladies on the reasoning for doing prictures before, especially since you are doing an evening ceremony. You will miss a lot of your reception doing pictures or miss out on lots of photos. Either option doesn’t sound good. Talk to your fiance about why you want to do them before and he may come around. Other ladies on here have said they had luck doing that.

    Post # 10
    Member
    258 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Our ceremony was at 3pm so we did photos for the 2 hours before to use the daylight.  Such a good decision.  They came out great!  If we had done them after, everything would have had long shadows and we would not have been able to do as many(do to the reception).  It was a nice way to relax with our bridal party before we had to go stand in front of all our guests.

    I would ask your Fiance why he wishes to wait.  Is it because he doesn’t want to see you before the ceremony, because he doesn’t want to start things so early in the day, etc?

    Post # 11
    Member
    2320 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    As a photographer I let the couple decide but I always recommend doing as many photos as possible before the wedding. It allows a smoother transition into the wedding reception as well.

    Funny enough, we did the exact opposite and I regret it. We were 45 minutes late to our hour long cocktail hour. and it kinda sucked!

    You can do individual pictures before hand, start with you and your bridesmaids and then you can go get hidden and then the groom and groomsman can do pictures before the ceremony starts. Guys go last, so if guests start arriving while they are still taking pictures it’s not a big deal.

    Post # 12
    Member
    32 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    @allieluvs21: well because I’m Lebanese Muslim we do it differently…we take pictures ALL DAY…but aren’t you not suppose to see each other before the ceremony? Excuse my ignorance

    Post # 14
    Member
    32 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    @allieluvs21: Well then if that’s the case you can have some REALLY cute before the ceremony pictures. Some candid moments of your groom seeing you for the first time walking down the stairs etc…good luck!

    Post # 15
    Bee
    981 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

    Before will make for a smoother timeline and better overall flow. You can always reserve a few for after if you want to catch the sunset and “magic light,” too. No reason not to take more later!

    Post # 16
    Member
    5668 posts
    Bee Keeper

    We’re planning on doing ours before the ceremony.

    The topic ‘Photos before Ceremony or after?’ is closed to new replies.

    Find Amazing Vendors