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

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Post # 31
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

This is very common now and every photographer that I talked to (and I see the one here on the bee) loves it because it makes the day go much more smoothly and gives you more options. My sister did it and it worked out really well, and we’re doing it too. We will also be serving drinks before the ceremony (but simple passed drinks – non alcoholic and maybe champagne – I don’t remember) before the ceremony. Nothing with ice. But our photos should be long done by then anyway (god willing). 

Re tradition, my mom was a little peeved at my sister because she was “robbing the guests” of their right to see my BILs face when he saw my sister for the first time. But we just made sure SHE (mom) got to see it and it was fine. For me I think she doesn’t care/has given up. 

Post # 32
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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whitechedderpopcorn :  

In a wedding recently that did this. I loved the idea and wished I did it for my own. The flow of the evening for guests was much smoother than that 2+ hour gap for photos doing it after.

Only issue I found with it… The bride picked out these ridiculous high heeled uncomfortable shoes… walking/standing/posing for 4 hours pre-wedding killed my feet! By the time the ceremony came I was ready to throw them at someone! LOL!

Post # 33
1300 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Something that has just occurred to me, and I can’t think of a way around it…

If we go with one of the venues I’m thinking of, the place to take photos would be next to the entrance where guests would be coming in! Maybe we’ll have to do photos somewhere else which is always an option and we have some beautiful country side around us.

Post # 36
23 posts

Yes! That’s what we’re doing!  I think it’s such a special moment to have with your fiance before all the events start, just taking pictures and being together.  We’re having our photographer meet us at the ceremony site about an hour before guests arrive. We’re going to take pictures together and then have immediate family join in for a few. Then the photographer will take pictures during the ceremony and stay for a few after with guests.  

Post # 37
7350 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

We took some photos before our ceremony during a private ritual we did in a park with our son. We got some great pics then of just us. Then we started the wedding with the cocktail hour (it was only an hour- not really enough time for anyone to get drunk) and some hor d’oeuvres so people weren’t imbibing on an empty stomach.

After our ceremony (and before dinner), we had another “mini” cocktail hour where any remaining finger foods were served, a little bit of dancing and plenty of socializing started and we got our pictures taken with family. Divding the photo sessions up that way made things move more quickly and smoothly.

No one was drunk but my intention was for people to be able to arrive and “land” and relax into the space and the event. Everything went beautifully.

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