Post # 1
Fiance and I have decided that we will be doing a first look. These photos will be private (besides the photographer). But I am wondering when the other photos should be taken (bridal party, parents, single photos of bride/groom). My main concern is my venue was originally only going to allow me 4 hour that was INCLUDING ceremony and photos if the photos were taken after the ceremony. Now they are allowing me to add on one additional hour for the ceremony and any pictures taken between the ceremony and reception.
I’m not really sure which photos (if any) besides the first look we should take before the ceremony. I was thinking maybe I could also do my bridesmaids photos, he could do his groomsmen photos, individual parent photos (me with mine, him with his) beforehand as well. Then after the ceremony full wedding party photos and group parent photos.
Any thoughts or experiences on the matter?
Post # 2
We did the first look and other couples pictures. We also did groom with each of his brothers, me with my bridesmaids and whole family/bridal party photos. Plus one bridesmaid with her little family. We just had a few more shots at the reception of the family groups. It was so much nicer not to have that big waiting time between ceremony and reception – plus it would have been dark as well as rainy.
Post # 3
We did all of our formal portraits before the ceremony. First look, wedding party, then family. Then we had the ceremony and got to be present at our cocktail hour for meet & greets instead of doing table visits during dinner. And that means I actually got to eat my steak!
Post # 4
We did our first look pictures, wedding party pictures, bridesmaids/groomsmen photos with the bride/groom together and separately, my photographer was able to take pictures of the venue and decor before it got ruined by guests…we also took formal pictures with our close family (parents, flower girl/ring bearer/ and grandparents). We took more family pictures with extended family after the ceremony and during cocktail hour.
Post # 5
We did a first look, bride/groom photos, and wedding party photos (including all together). Then we just left family photos to afterwards. We only had 5 hours from the start of the ceremony until the end of the night because we had an outdoor reception on the beach.
I’m a Bridesmaid or Best Man for a wedding this Saturday and they are doing ALL the photos before hand
Post # 6
We did our first look which went really quick and then got most of our bride/groom photos out of the way. We also took photos with our two dogs at this time. After those we took photos with our bridal party in different combinations. That all took about an hour. All that was left for after the ceremony was family formals which went quick (10-15 minutes). Then we were able to enjoy our cocktail hour and mingle with guests. We took additional bride/groom photos throughout the night just because there were SO many fantastic photo locations at our venue.
Post # 7
Speaking as a wedding photographer, do as many ahead of time as you can. I typically suggest taking a few moments after the first look to do some bride/groom portraits. This becomes a safety net for later in case the weather turns bad and you’re not able to make it back out. After that I’d go ahead and family formals. If you’ve got the time for bridal party great, if not save bridal party and the remaining bride/groom photos for during cocktail hour.
I personally love when we’re able to do both family & bridal party prior to the wedding. The whole day is so “go go go” for couples. If you’re able to do the majority ahead of time, after the ceremony you can focus on a good 30 minutes of bride/groom portraits and then take the next 30 minutes to have a moment….join your bridal party for the rest of cocktail hour, use the restroom, freshen up, have a bite to eat, etc.
Post # 8
We did everything before our ceremony. These includes our first look, pics of just the two of us, us by ourselves, me with my bridal party, him with his bridal party, all of us together, and parents, grandparents, entire wedding party (including our ring bearers – we had no flower girl), both our parents with us.
We didn’t do any formal looking ones after the ceremony besides when we cut our cake and our first dances (with each other and our dad/mom).