Post # 1
Hi bees, I’m sure there are a lot of threads on this somewhere, just didn’t see em’ …when do you think the “right” time to do photos at your wedding? Before ceremony and forgo the traditional not seeing each other until the walk down the aisle? Or during the cocktail hour? When you may want to use that time to get as much time at your wedding that you are paying big $$ for, and time to see family and friends…
my fiancé and I are going back and forth on this topic….any insight?
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
Fiance and I are debating this as well! I kind of want the “first look” experience but want to see the look on his face when I walk down the aisle, too. You can’t have it both ways, lol…sigh… I am thinking we will stick with tradition though.
Post # 4
We did a first look, and we’re both glad we did. I don’t think it took away from the actual ceremony. We were able to get a lot of photos. I’m not sure we would’ve had enough time for bridal party pictures afterwards had we not done photos before. We did quick family pictures after the ceremony.
Post # 5
We’ll be doing our pictures after the ceremony. He refuses to do a first look, says its bad juju. Haha. I’m kinda with him though, but only because I really want to see his face when I walk down the aisle.
Post # 6
I personally hate going to weddings where theres a time gap between ceremony and reception cause I never know what to do. However, I’m discovering weddings where Im from is not the norm for most people. Ive never heard of cocktail hour before I came here lol. Its mostly just a everyone-disapper-for-a-couple-hours thing.
I am doing picture beforehand. We are going to have a couple hours to do them at several locations and have a “first look” experience. Besides, when I first seem my groom, Im gonna hug the crap out of him and its gonna be a great intimate moment 🙂
Post # 7
I feel the same way…though my other points about time to spend with family/friends etc (enjoy YOUR wedding…) keeps getting me, hopefully as I get closer to my date things will be clearer…
Post # 9
Before if you value spending time with guests
Post # 10
I’m in the anti-first look group. My Fiance and I are pretty traditional. We will be doing our photos between the ceremony and reception while our guests are at cocktail hour.
Post # 11
ahhh! It’s a split down the middle so far! For every one who feels one way, there is someone who feels another!!! Lol!!!
Post # 12
we did our pictures before the ceremony. the cocktail hour was immediately following the ceremony and we wanted to be apart of it with our guests.
Post # 13
We did all our photos before the ceremony including a first look. I couldn’t be happier with it. I never liked being at weddings where everyone has to wait on the bride and groom while they take photos. We wanted to have time with our friends and family during the wedding. We also wanted to make sure we got the photos we wanted and doing it before the ceremony allowed us to do that. I wouldn’t trade how we did it for anything.
Post # 14
DH and I did our first look and a few snapshots before the wedding. The photographer also had me take some pictures with my brothers and Maid/Matron of Honor. We took the rest of the pictures after the ceremony. It was easier for us. The guests were eating, dancing, and drinking already!
Post # 15
We did a mixture. We didn’t see each other before the ceremony, but we separately took as many family photos as possible. Then after the ceremony we did all the combined family photos before going off with our bridal party for more photos while our guests enjoyed the venue. It worked well for us.
Post # 16
We hopefully are going to take most before- that way we can enjoy our cocktail hour and our guest. I really hope we won’t need to take any after the ceremony!