(Closed) Wedding photo before ceremony and reception, thoughts?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
2942 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Most people I know do photos before the wedding. It just has a better flow for the day instead of making your guests wait for you to finish pictures. Plus, I really wanted to spend time with guests instead of taking photos after our wedding.  We were only going to get most of these people in the same room once, it felt silly to not be there with them.  

Though, I wouldn’t do cocktail hour pre ceremony.  I know that some people do it, but I wouldn’t want any one drunk durring the ceremony.  Love Darling Husband, but he has a few friends who are in a shot pack with him (i.e., the trade off who is buying shots each time they see eachother) and I would just think that a few of them would have gotten a hold of him pre-ceremony.

Post # 4
1255 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018 - The Venue, Barkisland, UK

I like this idea too. My plan would just be to do the wedding party and possibly immediate family photos beforehand.

Our timeline would start earlier though, with a 4pm ceremony followed by any other photos/cocktail “hour” and 6pm meal start.

Bear in mind that if you want photos with guests in they’ll either need to arrive earlier or you’ll need to schedule some time in for that. 

Post # 5
7002 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

whitechedderpopcorn :  Logistics wise, as a wedding photographer I love when couples do a first look and get their photos out of the way before the ceremony. Mainly because these days couples have super high expectations for the *amount* of photos they want (as opposed to 10+ years ago when you got a handful of family, handful of bridal party, and handful of couple photos then it was off to the reception). These days the requests we get for photo requests FAR EXCEED to traditional hour allotted for photos during cocktail hour.

Also a lot of my couples lately want to go partake in cocktail hour – or prefer to have a later ceremony so they can use what would be cocktail hour for sunset photos of just the two of them. I don’t know that I’d necessarily have cocktail hour BEFORE the ceremony, but rather have a shorter cocktail hour where you get to mingle with your guests after the ceremony before everyone being seated for dinner.

Post # 7
3452 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

We’re only doing separate individual and wedding party photos before the ceremony. It would have been nice to get all pics out of the way early but Fiance doesn’t want to see me the night before or day of until I walk down the aisle so thats out. I want 5 simple photos of us together during cocktail hour and our photographer said 30 minutes or less is doable so we have a little time to join our guests. Perfection isn’t necessary, pics will end up collecting dust in an album and I’d rather mingle with family than spend an hour or more trying to get dozens of shots that I likely won’t look through again more than once during my lifetime.

Post # 8
7413 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

My venue coordinator advised against serving drinks pre-ceremony due to the potential for annoying noises like clinking ice in glasses, straw noises, and stuff like that. 

Post # 10
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I like your idea of just serving champaign in flutes as opposed to a full cocktail hour. A friend of mine recently went to a wedding that had drinks available before the ceremony and although I love her, she can make some pretty shotty decisions and ended up malong a complete fool of herself. She allowed one of the groomsmen to continue bringing her shots and was pretty plastered before the wedding even started. I ended up having to go pick her up because she was quietly escorted from the ceremony before the bride even walked down the aisle 😒

Post # 11
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

whitechedderpopcorn :  We did photos during cocktail hour. Unfortantely due to weather our wedding got pushed back some and beacuase of this we have literally no photos with our bridal party. We have maybe 10 total and I am being generous when I say that. If we had done the pictures before hand, things could have played out differently but really who knows with the weather. We were all about not seeing each other until we walked down the aisle. It was such a blur that I don’t even remember my HD reaction. There are pros and cons. Do what is best for you guys. I know a lot of guys break down if they do the first look since its private. HD was fighting back the tears (which my response was to laugh and smile since I didn’t want to cry so a lot of our pics he looks angry and I look like I am having a ball. Again, memories).

Post # 12
1936 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

It’s not a thing here, but boy oh boy do I wish it was! Here, the bride and groom are MIA for the ENTIRE cocktail “hour” so about 2 in total. We had initially planned to do this, but when it came time to take the photos I was like a restless child. All I wanted to do was get back to my party and I wish we would have done the photos before hand. I had older guests who I knew would leave earlyish and I wanted to spend time with them. Ceremony was at 3 PM so being ready by 1 PM for photo time and pre gueste arrival would have been perfect.

If I could go back in time, I’d do this. I’m debating about habing another post wedding shoot because I didn’t get to enjoy my picture taking time in my dress.

Post # 13
48 posts
  • Wedding: September 2017

We are planning on doing before as well, sounds like a way to have the day go more smoothly. I like the idea of having our first look be more private with just the photographer and us rather than with the pressure on the ceremony. 

Post # 14
1688 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I got married on Saturday and we did our photos before the ceremony. It was great. It gave us way more time with our guests and prevented the dreaded ‘gap’. Our photos were still a bit rushed as the weather decided to take a turn for the worse just in time to start photos, so we were fumbling with umbrellas and freezing for a good chunk of it!

Post # 15
9690 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We did our photos (first look, family, and wedding party photos) before the ceremoy. We did some more pictures with just me and my husband after the ceremony as well but still had time to join the cocktail hour. It was great! I highly suggest getting as many photos as possible out of the way before the ceremony. I thinnk it makes the whole day run more smoothly and it’s less stressful because there’s less of a time crunch.

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