I saw some wedding recap pictures were guests were watching during the “first look.” I didn’t know if I liked that, but I guess it could happen even with two different venues.
I agree with PP’s with the pros and cons. I want my wedding at the same venue because:
1. I want to work with a few different people and places as possible.
2. I’d prefer to keep everyone in one place. Less driving, less gas, less confusion about where to go, who’s early and late all over again, etc.
3. Less transportation of people and setup materials. No traffic jam getting in and out of two different places. It all just happens once at one place.
4. Continiuty for you, your guests and your photographer.
5. You can see your reception being put together (if you have time) and you’ll be there to answer questions or correct things.
6. No long lag for your guests to await you at the reception site.
1. Like PP said, flipping the space if it’s the same room, would require some carefully planned logistics.
2. Getting a moment alone with your new spouse might not be as easy, unless you get a car to drive you around the block or you steal away to another place on the property for a few moments.
3. If you do between photos, you might have an audience. Hopefully, you won’t have people who want to walk into your photos, or make you feel the need to include them in some.
If it’s DIY, I’d be sure to have a DOC, whether it’s a friend or professional, who is assertive enough to steer the guests where they need to be and keep them out of where they do not need to be.