(Closed) photos – before or after the ceremony?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel

Hi – our wedding is a very similar setup to yours – evening ceremony and reception both in the same location.  Initially, I was very against seeing the groom until the ceremony; however, it just makes more sense for us to take pictures beforehand.  Our wedding will take place just across from Central Park, and we’d like to take our time taking pictures there.  If we decided to take pictures between the ceremony and reception, we’d only have an hour to do so – during the cocktail hour.  And frankly, my cocktail hour sounds really yummy and I don’t want to miss it! 

 

We will still be doing the "first look" though – and my photographer will capture that. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My dad has expressed to me how much he hates the tradition of doing photos during cocktail hour. I’m going to try to do as many as possible before hand without the groom and I together. I just don’t want him seeing me first! So i’ll take pics with my ladies, my family, his groomsmen, etc, beforehand. Besides, we are limiting the photos after the ceremony to 30 minutes, so we should be okay.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think it’s all about what is most important to the bride and groom.  For me, I want the moment I walk down the aisle to be the first time that we see each other on that day. I also am not a fan of lots of posed pictures. Our photog is more of a photo journalist…i want most of our photographs to be of the actual wedding/reception and not so much of us posed in different places.  We’ll have a cocktail hour between ceremony and reception for the  posed pics with family and each other and that’s it. I know other couples that had photo sessions before ceremony, immediately following ceremony, and a few days later for "trash the dress" session. I don’t think there is any "right" way.  Good luck!!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We’re going to do a first look too.  I hate waiting at other people’s wedding while they do pictures, so i didn’t want to do that to my guests.  Plus, we’re doing the same thing – ceremony and reception same location.  I think that in some cases, you still get that look from your groom when you come down the aisle – yeah they’ve seen you, but they’re taking it in that you’re coming down the aisle to marry them at this moment.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I had to talk my boy into photos before the wedding.  It makes sense because we are having an outdoor ceremony, and I’ll probably get dropped off by a golf cart, so there is no way short of blindfolding him that he wouldn’t see me before I officially walked down the aisle.  I like the first look because it gives you more control over how he first sees you and you get a private moment before you become the center of attention.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We are doing picture before the ceremony. But not together. Its me and the girls. Him and the guys. Some with family members. But the together pictures will be after the ceremony.

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We will have a private first look that our photographers will be coordinating.  We’ll spend about a half an hour taking portraits of just the 2 of us.  And then about an hour for family/bridal party portraits.  We plan on attending cocktail hour.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We like how easy it would have been to do them before, but my Fiance really doesn’t want to see me until I walk out. I didn’t want to do that so I get over my emotionalness! But, he wins, he’s kind of right.

We are doing group shots, basically anything that doesn’t include my fiance AND I (so like, me and my girls, me and my parents, etc etc) before the ceremony, then the ceremony, then some big group shots (just a few, i want the photojournalistic ones, not the traditional formals) and then just pictures of us for about 45 min. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We are doing all our "formal" pics between the ceremony and reception. We really want that first look to be coming down the aisle! But we don’t want alot of formals anyway, and the picture spot is on the way between the ceremony and reception. I think we will just end up missing 30-45 minutes, so probably cocktail hour.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Am so torn. Not sure I love the idea of the "first look" as I too wanted the first time groom saw me to be walking down the isle. BUT I really wanted to mingle with fam and guests during cocktail hour… still trying to decide.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We are doing the formal pictures before the ceremony. It makes more sense logistically for us, and we want to be able to enjoy our cocktail hour and reception with our friends and family. However, our photographer has arranged a "first look" for us, where he will clear the sanctuary of the church and my Fiance will see me in my bridal gear for the first time. I like the idea of having a special moment for just the 2 of us on our wedding day!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I really like the idea of my fiance not seeing me until I walk down the aisle…..BUT, it makes more sense to do it before hand since we’re doing an evening wedding/reception, too. Plus I’ve been told that it helps because your hair and makeup and everything still looks fresh. I think we are going to do something special with his "first look", though, maybe even having him see me coming up the stairs like I will for the ceremony, except with just him instead of everyone. I think either way it’ll be special 🙂

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Oh, I’m so glad I’m not the only one who is torn about this! I totally want that "first look" surprise picture, but I don’t want to keep our family waiting for us at the reception hall for 2 hours while we take all of our pictures! I never thougtht of just asking my photog if we could do a private first look… I kind of like that idea. Plus, we could get some really good shots of Fiance and I BEFORE I screw up my makeup with tears. Oh yea, I KNOW I’ll be crying during the ceremony… look out mascara!

Post # 16
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Newbee

Photos before are awesome! It allows you to actually have a private moment seeing each other for the first time, get your formals out of the way, and then go enjoy yourself! We always recommend it!

Heather

http://www.cirasphotography.com

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