(Closed) Photos before or after ceremony?

posted 4 years ago in Traditions
Post # 2
547 posts
Busy bee

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cakecup123 :  I think it is a very personal choice. I am doing a first look. Our ceremony and reception venue are one and the same. I want to go straight to the cocktail hour and do a receiving line as people enter the venue, so taking pictures first will be really helpful.

Post # 3
3380 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We did photos after the ceremony, DH was not having the whole breaking-tradition first look idea, and I totally agreed. Since we had a 3:30pm ceremony there was more than enough time for us to take tons of photos and even enjoy some of the cocktail hour before our dinner was served at 6:30pm. We even did a receiving line after the ceremony as well. It actually would have been way more rushed getting ready if we had done a first look, starting hair and makeup super early in the morning. However, if you are having an evening ceremony, having the photos before would probably work better. 

Post # 4
1109 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

We don’t have a timeline but I think we’re learning towards having a first look for a few reasons:
1) To get those great pictures
2) To have some alone time before everything starts
3) To calm my nerves before the ceremony (I am very emotional!)

Post # 5
607 posts
Busy bee

With my ex we did ours after, but only allowed 1 hr for it. We also provided canapés and drinks for guests in this time.

Post # 6
1364 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

We plan on taking them before for the following reasons.

1. We’re not traditional in the first look being down the aisle, plus Fiance is a more private person so he’d have a more genuine reaction when not being watched by everyone.

2. The photos are going to look better since my hair and makeup will be fresh

3. We can calm our nerves before the ceremony.

4. We’ll have less of a gap between ceremony and reception, which will be more enjoyable for our guests.

It’s all personal preference in the end. 

Post # 8
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I don’t like first looks. They are too manufactured – all about how you look and getting a great reaction from the groom about how you look. Like he better have a big reaction or else what are we all doing there? They always look cheesy/forced imo. 

Plus I’d want to be just married in my wedding photos. 

Post # 9
793 posts
Busy bee

We did both. We had a first look and then took pictures with our families and bridal party. After the ceremony we had a receiving line as people left the church. The guests went to the reception venue for cocktails and we took some more pictures just the two of us for about 30 minutes. 

Post # 10
1736 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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cakecup123 :  We did a first look before the ceremony, and did the majority of our pictures before the ceremony. I was a mess of nerves before seeing my husband. Once I saw him, I was calm and the day went by smoothly. We did do some photos after the ceremony, and at sunset. 

Post # 11
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

We will be doing something a little different. Our wedding will be a candlelight ceremony after dark, and neither of us cares for the whole “first look” thing. It’s important to both of us to have that special moment when I walk down the aisle. Our venue is a beautiful plantation style home with beautiful grounds, and I wanted some outdoor pictures during the daylight. So what we will be doing is a separate photoshoot after we get back from the honeymoon. That way we get the best of both worlds. It really just comes down to personal preference. I did strongly consider a first look so we could get it in on the same day, but ultimately we both decided it was important to save that moment for the ceremony.

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