(Closed) Taking photos before the actual ceremonies… is that ok?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
653 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yes, check out some of the other bee’s first looks, Mrs. Mouse is recapping them now. That way you can get all the pictures you want and won’t hold up the rest of your wedding guests.

Post # 4
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It’s totally OK.  I think they call it a ‘first look’ when the bride and groom do it.  It can be a really special moment and can ease your nerves for the actual walk down the aisle.  The bridal party may appreciate it too, while they’re still all fresh!  We’re considering doing it too.  We may do it to cut down on the formal pictures we’ll need to take during the cocktail hour.  I’d much rather mingle than pose! 

Post # 5
209 posts
Helper bee

Definitely if that helps with your timeline.  Because if you wanted to have your bridal party shots IN Chicago (wonderful city, btw!!) and your reception and ceremony are 30 miles away, that is going to be some driving distance and time taken for it. 

Post # 6
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think it’s a great idea personally. A lot of emotion can come out when doing the ‘first look’ when you initially walk down the isle and I have heard of a lot of girls not being happy with there ceremony pictures because of their emotions and tears affecting their makeup, facial expressions, ect. If you aren’t going for the traditional ‘first look’ then I would suggest getting the pictures you want in the location you want and removing the potential heavy emotions that could occur during the ceremony.

Post # 7
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

That’s what we did! We wanted pics outside and it was going to be dark out after our ceremony, so we did them all before hand (and very few after, so that we were able to get to the party faster!)

Post # 9
1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

That’s what we did, and it was the best decision we made!  After the ceremony, my husband and I went on yichud (a traditional break alone for the couple in Jewish ceremonies) and then we were able to go see our friends!  

I was so frustrated while we took all of our group photos, I’m glad that I was able to kick loose and relax after the ceremony.  It gave us the chance to enjoy being married, without worrying about why so and so had wandered off and whether we’d gotten enough photos with grandma before she got grumpy and left.

Post # 10
1385 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Totally reasonable! :o) I love it. Have fun, just plan for more time than you think you’ll need.

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