(Closed) When are you doing portraits?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: When are you taking portraits?
    Before the ceremony : (19 votes)
    59 %
    After the ceremony, before the cocktail hour : (6 votes)
    19 %
    During the cocktail hour : (4 votes)
    13 %
    Other - please share when in the comments! : (3 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 4
    1205 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    We’re planning on doing a first look.  I guess we’re not 100% decided since our event is still so far off in the future, but we’re pretty set on it for a number of reasons–one is that we don’t want to take the photographer away from our guests at cocktail hour, as you mention, and another big one is that I know I’m going to cry when I see Fiance the first time on the wedding day, and I want time after that to fix my makeup! Concession to vanity.

    Post # 5
    91 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Well we ARE doing a first look, becuase we want to have time the enjoy the cocktail hour.  But I’m not one for very many formal pix, anyway.  Our ceremony and reception are at the same place, but like the backdrop, so travelling isnt an issue for us.  I would suggest pressing your groom to rethink the “first look”.  there are tons of pictures you can google (and films) to show our special first looks can be, maybe you can change his mind!!!  Otherwise, for the weddings I’ve attended, most people do them during the cocktail hour.

    Post # 6
    4385 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We’re not doing a first look either. The plan is to do as many “formals” as we can before the ceremony ie: bride and bridesmaids, bride and bride’s parents, basically any of the ones of people who will be getting ready with me. We have 2 shooters, so one of them will do the same thing with my Fiance and his “people”. We’re really hoping this will cut down on the formal pics after the ceremony, as we want everyone to enjoy cocktail hour!

    I feel like that was a lot of rambling, but I hope it helps 🙂

    Post # 7
    860 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We’re still undecided about the first look, but probably won’t do it.

    I’d like to try to get our pics with our families and attendants before the ceremony though, right after we’ve finished getting ready.

    Post # 8
    713 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Our ceremony starts at 6:00 pm because of venue constraints. So we pretty much have to do photos beforehand. I’m sure your groom’s heart will still skip a beat even if he gets a sneak peak beforehand!

    Post # 10
    5388 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    Some before and some after (during cocktail hour). I will take pics with the girls and my family before, and he will take pics with the guys and his family. When the wedding is over we will take pictures together and as a group. When we get to the reception hall, we will take a few more photos before we go in.

    Post # 11
    529 posts
    Busy bee

    We have a 2pm ceremony and it will probably end around 3:15 and then there is another 4pm wedding! We figure it will save a lot of hassle if we do them beforehand inside the church and we do not want to be taking pics outside at noon!

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