(Closed) pics before or after the ceremony?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Pics before or after the ceremony?
    before : (23 votes)
    52 %
    after : (20 votes)
    45 %
    other(specify below) : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Could you just take the typical cocktail hour pics? Or try to take some family pics w/o seeing each other before the ceremony and then take more including bride/groom pics during cocktail hour…you could try to convince him of first look pics, but I also think it’s important to acknowledge his feelings/wants

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I think most ppl still do their pics after the ceremony.  Most ppl who have been to weddings before know that you’re going to go off & take photos after the ceremony.  Will there be a cocktail hour or somewhere for everyone to go while you are taking photos?

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I voted to take pictures before the ceremony because we didn’t and I honestly feel like everything after the ceremony was so rushed and hectic we didn’t get the shots we would have liked (whole wedding party, family, us together).  I absolutely love my photos, however I feel the segment that I have that came between the ceremony and reception really lacked in comparison to the others. 

    Darling Husband was against seeing me before the ceremony too, which is why we waited, which is funny because all I wanted to do right before the ceremony was to see him.  I just felt so off thehour before the ceremony but as soon as I saw him everything was ok.

    It really is a toss up…however I don’t think if we had taken pics before the ceremony it would have taken away from the emotion of the day, but some people feel otherwise.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    2 hours is TONS of time for pictures after the ceremony. And you don’t need to worry about seeing people. Your photographer will scoot you away immediately after you walk down the aisle and start taking pictures.  There won’t be an opportunity for people to start talking to you.

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We had BIG discussions on this one! I felt very strongly about not doing them after the ceremony because I HATE killing time between the ceremony and reception when we go to weddings….ends up taking up more of the day than I like as a guest. Fiance felt equally as strongly about not seeing me before I walk down the aisle.  Compromise: We do me and Bridal Party first, then him and Bridal Party before ceremony.  15 minutes of Whole group, family pics after ceremony……..and then a day-after shoot with the 2 of us and my son in our “fancy clothes” 🙂 Another chance to wear the dress!

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @best10612:  MN brides have to get creative to deal with headstrong MN grooms 😉

    Post # 11
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    7609 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Our ceremony is at 4 and our dinner will be at 6 and we’re not seeing each other before the wedding either!  It can totally be done.  Say you have from 5-6 for pictures: get the family ones done first in about 20 minutes and then 20 mins for pics with the wedding party, then 20 mins for pics of you and your new hubby – I think you’ll be fine!

    Post # 12
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    967 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    we are doing first look pics…..so much easier with our timing…Fiance sees me every day so seeing me before the wedding does not matter…

    Post # 13
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    203 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We have our photographer for only 4 hours so we are doing getting ready shots 1 hour before the ceremony. She’ll probably spend 30 minutes with me and the girls and then the last 30 minutes capturing guests arriving and the guys. Then the ceremony is at 4 so I plan on having all of the posed shots done–his family, mine, bridal party, plus us by 6 so we can go to the reception. It’s all at one location so things are a bit easier. I would guess we probably only have her for about an hour of the reception but that’s okay. My maid of honor is a fantastic photographer and can get the important reception pics from there. We would have had her as our only photographer except for the fact that I wanted her at my side during the ceremony. I want more of a photojournalistic approach so I think this will probably work best for us and then I was thinking we will go with my maid of honor and do other pics with just the two of us someplace like Central Park a day after the wedding.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We are doing them before and having a special moment for the groom and I to see each other for the first time. We will have more time if we take pictures before the ceremony.

    That was what the gal that did my hair said too. She said her only regret was not taking pics before the ceremony because after she felt so rushed she only got a few pics of her and her hubby. So she said for their 1 year anniversary they are going to re-dress up  and take pictures.

    Plus I don’t want to keep my guests waiting for us, and I want to enjoy the party. Pics before will keep my mind of off jitters maybe lol

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