Post # 1
I know photos are usually taken after the ceremony but before the reception. This is a problem for me because the location of our wedding photos is about 30-45 minutes from the church where our ceremony is being held and it’s in the opposite direction from where our reception is. I know people say it’s “bad luck” for the bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony but does it really matter? I’d hate to make all our guests wait 3 hours between the wedding and the reception, and honestly I don’t want to wait that long to eat soooo
Post # 2
Its very typical to do a “first look”. Your photographer captures the reaction of your Fiance seeing you for the first time. Then, you finish all pictures before the ceremony. That is what we did. For reference, this was our timeline.
11:00 Photographer arrives, takes getting ready photos
12:00 First Look
12:30 Family Pictures
1:00 Bridal party Pictures
1:30 Bride and groom pictures
2:30 hide for ceremony
We also did pictures at sunset, we snuck out after dinner for about 30 mins of pictures.
Post # 3
This is why most people do the “first look” thing. It’s very common these days to do photos before the ceremony. I’m sure others will have more to say, but I have heard from photographers that there are different expressions on the bride and groom’s faces in photos taken before the ceremony compared to photos taken after so they like to capture both.
Post # 4
I think unless you are really set on seeing each other at the altar, a “first look” is much the same and makes for beautiful pictures and less stress between the ceremony and reception.
Post # 5
We did a first look for this very reason and it was an absolutely wonderful moment of peace in an otherwise very hectic day. No bridal party around, just two photographers in a hall with me and DH, him with his back to me. The photos are incredible, they got all his facial expressions when he saw me in my dress for the first time and some cute ones of me tapping him on the shoulder with a mischevious look on my face.
My only suggestion is that if you do this, please please please make sure your photographer gets some formal photos of the two of you AFTER the ceremony. All of the formal pictures of me and my DH are from before we were married and none after. Then again, my photographer was shit so….
Post # 6
We did a first look. Our timeline went like this
1:30 photographer arrives
2:00 first look
3:00 bridal party and family portraits
7:10 cake cutting
We had a receiving line outside the church (took 20 min) and had some photos done in the park across from the reception during cocktail hour. We also had photos taken at sunset just after cake cutting and before the first dance.
It worked very well for us. We got all the shots we wanted and there is a huge variety of backgrounds. I don’t know about bad luck. The top of my zipper ripped a little before the ceremony but that probably had more to do with the multiple meals of fried chicken than us seeing each other prior.
Post # 7
We are doing a first look at 10am because our wedding starts at 12:30pm and ends at 5pm. I think they are a great idea for instances like yours. The last wedding I went to I doubt that they did a first look because cocktail hour was about 2 hours lol.
Post # 8
May I ask how much your photographers cost? I know all the prices are going to be different but i’m trying to figure out what’s too expensive and what’s just right. Our budget is pretty small but I obviously want to have photos of our big day.
Post # 9
Honestly we booked time after our first look and before our ceremony for wedding party pictures, and guests started to arrive early, and we had to cut them short and do half of them after the ceremony when the guests were enjoying the cocktail hour.
If you do schedule this, make sure that it is in an area where your guests wont be watching.
Post # 10
$3600 in Larger city in the Midwest. We got an engagement session, 2nd shooter, 9 hours of coverage, photo album and 2 canvases.
Post # 11
Our photographer is going to cost us $2100 all together (this is including transportation fees for her to travel an hour and a half to our venue).
In our package we get:
– Complimentary engagement shoot
– 8 hours of coverage
– 2 photographers
– Copyrights to all of our photos
– And credit for $50 worth of professional prints
Post # 12
I am in South Central Texas.
$1145 for Photography and $1195 for Videography (bundled deal)
8 Hours of coverage
2nd shooter for 4 hours
and a ton of printed pics, photo album, canvas photo etc.
I ended up with over 1160 pro pics that are awesome
8 hours of shooting
Raw Footage Reel (on USB and DVD)
Short Edit video set to music (5-10) min
Post # 13
ALSO, we don’t have any bridesmaids or groomsmen. It’s a very small, intimate wedding and a larger reception so we’d only need a couple hours, not all the bells and whistles that photographers usually offer😅
Post # 14
Do the first look! Honestly, it makes the whole walk down the aisle thing less stressful. Also, guests don’t really want to be waiting around for hours whilst you take pictures after the ceremony. It makes the day run smoother for them.
Post # 15
+1 to a first look, sounds perfect for your situation! We did one and quite enjoyed it.
Our photog was $2350 for a full day.