(Closed) When should we take pictures? And when with wedding party?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: When should we take pictures and with who?
    Before the ceremony only, the couple and wedding party (bridesmaids and groomsmen) : (3 votes)
    25 %
    Before the ceremony AND between the ceremony and reception - couple only before, wedding party later : (1 votes)
    8 %
    Before the ceremony AND between the ceremony and reception - wedding party before, couple only later : (1 votes)
    8 %
    Before the ceremony AND between the ceremony and reception - couple and wedding party both times : (1 votes)
    8 %
    Only between the ceremony and reception - couple and wedding party : (5 votes)
    42 %
    Some other option or combination : (1 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    213 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I am in the same situation…a 6pm ceremony, with the reception ~6:30-11pm. Since we’re having a late ish ceremony, I dont want to spend an hour taking photos without seeing all our guests that travelled to our wedding! During the day you will be with your BMs, maybe after getting ready you and the girls can go take some photos together downtown or at a cool location, then you and your Fiance can go to the ceremony location an hour or 45 minutes before and take your pics? That way the 30 mins between ceremony and reception can just be bridal party pics together…seems the best way to maximize on a 12 hour photographer too.

    Post # 4
    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    If you are doing a first look (and I’m assuming you are), then it is completely normal to do your photos before the ceremony.  The biggest downside to this is depending on the time of day you decide to do it the lighting may not be ideal.  If you can stay away from high solar noon as much as possible.

    I’m not sure the size of the wedding party, but typically they are included.  They may not be in all of the photos, but they can always be left on the bus or limo or however you are transporting people.  Typically most weddings we shoot have at least an hour dedicated to photos like these, not including the travel time involved.  You should be mindful of your bridal party’s comfort and willingness to participate in these photos.  If you suspect that they are going to think it’s dumb or want nothing to do with it they can really sour the mood of a shoot you may want to relay how important to you it is to them beforehand.  Another suggestion I have is to either not have alcohol available at all, or at least prevent them from drinking hard alcohol before the ceremony.  If you do have alcohol with your transportation I’d suggest also having something to snack on.  A drunk bridal party is NOT fun to photograph.

    Post # 6
    554 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m in Australia & the standard over here (at least in my area) is for there to be a few hours between end of ceremony & reception start for the couple & bridal party to go off & take photos. Eg my ceremony is probably 3.00-3.30pm, family & whole guests photos & mingling til 4.00pm. Bridal party photos til about 6.00pm. Cocktail hour about from about 5.30 so all the guests are there for 6.00pm when the couple arrive.

    Post # 7
    2815 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    This is what we did:

    We also had a 6:00 ceremony and didn’t want to leave guests for hours to wait for dinner. So we went to a different place other than our ceremony area and had all of our professional pictures done from 3:00 – 5:00.

    We did all of our wedding party photos, my bridal portraits, pics with me and Darling Husband and a few with our daughter.

    After the ceremony we spent about a half hour (although I alloted an hour to be safe) taking family photos at our reception venue.

    Our photographer was awesome and took tons of photos at the reception as well of our guests, us, our daughter, families, etc

    So long as you’re not too stuck on having your Fiance see you for the first time when you walk down the isle, I think doing pictures before hand is a great option. I was SO happy to have them done before the ceremony (although I was REALLY tired right after the photos and was joking that I was exhausted already and hadn’t even gotten married yet. lol).


    Post # 8
    1095 posts
    Bumble bee

    Our ceremony is at 7pm (cocktail hour stars at 5h30) and we will be doing all of our pictures before that time (2h30-5h30 for the first look, bridal party, and family. Like PP said, if your not caught up on the idea of your groom seeing you before the ceremony, this is a great option. Plus, your hair and makeup is really fresh at this point in the day. you just need to ask your bridal party and family to come about an hour before the ceremony (In your case 5pm)

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