(Closed) wedding photos BEFORE ceremony?

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Post # 2
1894 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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CaroAbb :  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

3:00 ceremony

We also did pictures at sunset, we snuck out after dinner for about 30 mins of pictures. 

Post # 3
1640 posts
Bumble bee

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
338 posts
Helper bee

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
257 posts
Helper bee

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
837 posts
Busy bee

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

5:00 ceremony

6:20 entrance

6:30 supper

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
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

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 # 9
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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
1894 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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CaroAbb :  $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
2879 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

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CaroAbb :  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
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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 # 14
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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
8238 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

+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.

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