(Closed) Pics before ceremony?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We took our pictures before and didn’t regret them at all.  I love them and they are a lot better than what we would have gotten during the cocktail hour.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Alot of photographers suggest to take the photos before the wedding. This is better for guests, and you are freshly made-up. You want to take the photos when you look your best.  I’m sure as long as they are beautiful pictures, you won’t regret them at all.

Post # 5
Hostess
16195 posts
Honey Beekeeper

We took ALL of our photos before the ceremony, and I don’t regret them one bit. I would do it all over again if I had the chance. 🙂

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I personally, would not do a before ceremony shoot.  I think the first glance walking down the asile, is way better than ruining the moment…i’m sorry if no one agrees just my opinion!

As for the guests, our wedding has a two hour gap, but a 45 minute commute to the reception hall… so there will be some waiting time for them.. one of my fiances family members in the area will hold a celebration at their house in between for those who are close…and the others, may just not come to the church anyway because it’s a Friday at 4…so I wouldn’t think about others when it’s your day…do what  you’d like!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I plan to do my pictures all before, except for the extended family as you mentioned. We are even taking the pictures with parents and FH’s children before. If I’m going to cry, I want to get it out of the way before the wedding so that I can really enjoy the ceremony.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I’m also a Friday night bride. Originally I didn’t want a first look, but I wanted to utilize our photographer as much as possible. And since I have a tendency to be pretty emotional, like hecallsmelove, I want to get my cry out *before* the ceremony. 🙂 I also like that the first look will be just me & Fiance (and photographer in the background)- so much more intimate. We’ll be able to enjoy each other more/take it all in, and the day will be a lot less rushed.

Pictures will start at 3:30 or 4, ceremony at 6pm, cocktail hour at 6:30, reception starts at 7:30. Doing pictures before will enable us to actually get a drink at/enjoy our cocktail hour!

If you can push your ceremony back an hour to 6pm, I’d recommend it- a lot more convenient for the guests vs 5pm. I also agree with your concern about the wait- If I have to take half a day off work for a wedding, and then I have to wait 2 hours while you’re taking photos, I’d be really annoyed.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

People do tend to get annoyed waiting around for things to begin while pictures are taken. Additionally, I find that the average bridal party isn’t as cooperative following the ceremony as they are prior. It might be because they have their game faces on before hand, and after the ceremony it generally feels like “ok, time to relax. The business part is over!!”

I really enjoy doing the “first look” photos. I love the idea of the bride and groom having a private moment where they see one another for the first time on their wedding day before everything kicks into high gear. Parents are very often opposed to it, because it wasn’t ever done when they were younger, but it’s so common now that I don’t particularly think you’ll give it a second thought years from now.

Post # 11
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1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

We took a lot of pictures before the wedding (and a lot after), and they all are amazing! I don’t look at some and think, “Well, these are less special because they were taken before we were married.” Some of the ones before the wedding are my favorite! Not only because they are amazingly beautiful, but also because you can tell just how over-the-moon excited we are to get married!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

@BellaDee: I don’t think seeing each other before the wedding “ruins the moment.” Obviously first looks aren’t for everyone, and that’s totally fine, but I don’t think there’s any need to make generalizations like that. I spent about 45 minutes with my soon-to-be husband before the ceremony, and that time was unbelievably amazing, some of my favorite from the day. And it in no way ruined seeing each other when I walked down the aisle.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I haven’t gotten married yet, but we are doing pre ceremony pics. I am a very emotional person, so I don’t mind if we get to see eachother before because it will hopefully help me from sobbing through the entire ceremony, lol. Also, I was told by my friends & photographers that having pre-ceremony pics do not ruin “the first look” when the Fiance walks down the aisle. He’ll still have “that look” because he will be walking down to his beautiful future 🙂

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