(Closed) When are you/did have your photos taken?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It’s up to you when you want to have your pictures taken.  You can choose to do a “first look” and have the pictures taken prior to the ceremony, or have them after the ceremony before the reception/during cocktail hour.  


The pros of the first look are that it means you don’t have to miss any of your reception to take photos and that you get to have one on one time with the groom before the ceremony.


For me, I still wanted us to see each other for the first time at the ceremony.  Also, our ceremony and reception were in the same place, so taking photos was not going to really take that long and we were able to easily get it all done during cocktail hour.

Post # 5
7693 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We did our photos after our ceremony. This is when we did family, bridal party (as a whole) and couples pictures. We took a good amount beforehand with our respective bridal party members and that  saved us some time!

Post # 6
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

we’ll be doing a first look and then getting all our photos done before the ceremony starts. I don’t want to miss the cocktail hour!! I am also hoping to do some outside shots and our ceremony is at 7 so we would only be able to do those beforehand. but if having him see you for the first time walking down the aisle is important to you, lots of people still do that and quickly take their pictures during the cocktail hour. you might still want to do shots of just the girls and just the guys beforehand though to save time and get them out of the way.

Post # 7
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I liked doing a first look so that it could be captured better in photos.  I also like saving time between the ceremony and reception by getting more formal photos done before the ceremony so that we could have more time to party and enjoy our guests.

It’s really a personal preference thing though.

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