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

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
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Bumble bee

We;re doing photos before. It will calm our nerves, my makeup and hair will be fresh and I am paying a lot of money for a cocktail hour that I would like to be part of.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

whitechedderpopcorn :  Photos before I think are always a good idea! Our ceremony starts at 6PM, and we’re setting aside a couple hours before to take bride/bridesmaids group photos, groom/groomsmen group photos, family photos, any photos we can besides bride/groom photos (we don’t want to see eachother before the wedding). That way we can take the last shots in a shorter time so we can head to the party!

Post # 19
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

whitechedderpopcorn :  We did photos before, and I’m so glad we did! We got to spend time with each other and relax before the ceremony, and it was one of the best parts of the day.  Also, google ‘first look photos’ – you’ll find so many cute ones!

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

This is what I wanted to do…have all of our pictures done beforehand so that guests don’t have to wait FOREVER for the reception to start. Fiance didn’t want any of that “first look mess” (his words) lol. He wanted to take the traditional route and not see each other before the wedding. I admire his traditional side. So we’re going to have as many pictures as possible taken before the ceremony and we’ll take about 45 minutes after the ceremony to do the pictures that have both Fiance and me in them. We’re going to allow the guests to go ahead and eat while we’re doing that though. I just hate to make them wait.

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

I have a question if no one minds. This wedding stuff is still new to me. When others mention that people are waiting is there usually no food served during cocktail hour? I ask bc there will be four different hors d’oeuvres available during ours so I thought cocktail hour generally included some type of food.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

What do you mean about guests waiting around for the photos?  That is what the cocktail hour is for, to entertain the guests while the bridal party and families take pictures.

Post # 24
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Honey bee

starfish0116 :  When you said that photo expectations now far exceed those of 10 years ago, what did you exactly mean? Detail shots (florals, dress, tablescapes, etc) for example?

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

heavenlyflower :  When I refer to waiting, I mean waiting for the bride and groom.  I personally don’t like waiting at a reception for a long period for the bride and groom to show up.  It honestly feels a bit rude, as the people you are there to see aren’t at their own event for an hour or so. I can’t name another party where that is acceptable.  If the birthday person didn’t show up until an hour into their birthday party, I would feel really put off.

While cocktail hour can include food, it doesn’t always.  I have been to more than a few were cocktail hour “food” was a bowl of mixed nuts and another bowl of butter mints.  

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Misswhowedding :  I get it now. 🙂 Thank you! Had to wait an hour once for the bride and groom to arrive but I didn’t mind bc I knew everyone there so was busy socializing and had drinks/food to keep me occupied. But if I wasn’t among family and friends I probably wouldn’t have been that comfortable.

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Also wth….mixed nuts and butter mints?

Post # 29
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

socalgirl1689 :  When you said that photo expectations now far exceed those of 10 years ago, what did you exactly mean? Detail shots (florals, dress, tablescapes, etc) for example?

Yep, pretty much all of it….but primarily when it comes to portraits. Traditionally all “posed” photos took place during cocktail hour and were just that…and hour. You’d only take a handful of combinations with your immediate family, a handful of photos with your bridal party, and then a handful of photos as a couple. These days couples have really really high expectations when it comes to what they expect to capture. They’re wanting dozens of different combos of family formals, and multiple different combos/setups with their bridal party, and then a huge diversity in couples portraits (ie: different poses, backgrounds, locations, etc). I see it not only as a wedding photographer but even here on the bee where you constantly see threads pop up of “I only got 800 photos from my wedding that seems so low”. There was a time when you got 200 and that was a lot!

I cannot tell you how many times a couple comes to me with a list of family formals that would take the entire cocktail hour to complete – forget about even factoring in bridal party and couples photos. Things that are random….like the bride alone with her future in-laws?

Post # 30
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Honey bee

starfish0116 :  So what do you tell the couple? That you’d do your best even though you know their requests are unrealistic for a short amount of time? Or do you tell them that it is unlikely all requests will not be possible due to time constraint?

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