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Length of time for first look photos

My post several threads down on limos got me thinking about the timeline........if you did a first look with your FI and bridal party, how long did it take?  We have to be at our venue at 6pm for a 6:30pm ceremony start, am I crazy estimating photos will probably start around 3pm?  Is that asking "too much" of the bridal party to be around that early that day?  I know as things get closer I'll get a more defined answer from our photographer, but I'm just wondering what other people's experiences were like.

Re: Length of time for first look photos

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    I'm not doing a first look, but that seems like SO long and if I was a BM I'd be pissed to have to stand around that long. I would do you & your FI first when you're the freshest. I guess it comes down to how many photos you really think you need of yourself. 
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    edited April 2013
    Our ceremony also started at 6:30pm, and our first look started at 3pm. I think we actually finished around 5:30, which gave us more time to hide in the venue and wait for the ceremony, but that's fine.

    What we did was:
    1. First Look (just H and I in pictures, bridal party and parents off to the side)
    2. Family Photos
    3. Bridal Party photos
    At this point, bridal party and parents left. The photographer and our transportation stayed.
    4. Couple pictures

    It worked out fine.

    ETA: Our hair and makeup started at 9am, so it wasn't like they weren't already in wedding mode, so to speak.
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    JoanE2012JoanE2012 member
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    edited April 2013
    Honestly, I think my DH and I spent about 30 min for the first look.  Then about another 20 min with the bridal party.  We came back inside and did some of the immediate family and then some more of just the two of us.  In the end, between all the minutia, we spent close to 1.5 hours before the ceremony.  You really don't need as much time as you think.

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    We spent 2 hours on our engagement photos, and it did not feel like enough time. Just my $0.02
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    We started pics at 3 for our 5:00 ceremony. It broke down this way:

    3:30 was pics with guys/girls seperate
    4:00 was first look
    4:30 was pics all together
    5:00 ceremony
    5:30 pics with fam
    6:00 final pics with bm's and the boys (our flowers arrived 15 min before ceremony...)
    6:30 walked to cocktail hour (there was a mess up with the venue, so H and I got some extra pics while the Best Man got the MOH out of my face and they did shots at the bar)
    7:00 entered reception

    So essentially, we had two different opportunities for pics of us together, but that was accidental since my venue messed up. We also had hair appts at 10 am. 
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    If you were doing pictures postceremony, you'd probably only been spending an hour. I can see taking advantage of the first look for an extra half hour or so, but how many pictures do you really need? 3 hours just seems a very long time to be standing around all dolled up to me.
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    You need to ask your photog what she/he thinks.   Not all are created equal.....some can get a shiiiiitload of gorgeous photos in 40 minutes.....some might need 3 hours of changing out flashes and other equipment, etc. to get the same number of good ones.   Whatever their skill level, they ought to be able to tell you how much time THEY will need to get a good number of shots.

    FWIW, 1 hour of "getting ready photos" and 1 hour of "bridal party pictures"  with bride and groom together was more than enough before our ceremony to get a ton of great pictures. 


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    Ack, I'm forwarding this to the bride. I've been told that I have to be dressed with hair and makeup done by 11:30 AM to begin getting ready photos. First look is at 1 and the ceremony is at 5:15 or 5:30 or something like that! 
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    lovesclimbinglovesclimbing member
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    edited April 2013
    My photog scheduled 1.5 hours.  It really wasn't enough (this was only the second wedding she had done, she did really great, btw).  We should have had at least two hours.  We had fewer shots of the groomsmen (not a huge deal) and we didn't get a shot of my family with both H and I which my mom really really wanted.
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    SB1512SB1512 member
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    edited April 2013
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_length-of-time-for-first-look-photos?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:b5a1f224-c329-46b4-9cc2-b1b26347c1e6Post:18b5f1d1-4edd-4129-af7f-26d682ac1d73">Re: Length of time for first look photos</a>:
    [QUOTE]Our ceremony also started at 6:30pm, and our first look started at 3pm. I think we actually finished around 5:30, which gave us more time to hide in the venue and wait for the ceremony, but that's fine. What we did was: 1. First Look (just H and I in pictures, bridal party and parents off to the side) 2. Family Photos 3. Bridal Party photos At this point, bridal party and parents left. The photographer and our transportation stayed. 4. Couple pictures It worked out fine. ETA: Our hair and makeup started at 9am, so it wasn't like they weren't already in wedding mode, so to speak.
    Posted by MoonlightSilver[/QUOTE]

    Moonlight, I believe our timeline is shaping up to look like this.  We might eliminate family photos and do those after the ceremony during the first part of cocktail hour (and then attend the second half of cocktail hour).  Our hair/makeup is also starting around 8:30/9am, and I am not mandating those activities so if a BM chooses to make the wedding day long, that's her choice to do so, or not do so.

    What did you do for transportation?  It sounds like everyone drove themselves?  I'm wrestling with this aspect now.  I'd love to eliminate the cost of a limo, but I'm not sure if it's easier or more difficult to have everyone take themselves around that day.  What did you and H do for transportation? for yourselves, since it sounds like the BP and parents had their own cars but someone else got you to the ceremony/reception.

    I also agree emmee that we had 1.5 hours for our engagement shoot and it wasn't enough time.  I should also add that our photog brings not only a second shooter, but a lighting assistant, so setting up shots does take a little more time than if it was just the photographer.
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    I'd also like to add that right now, having our first look at a vineyard is a strong contender.  So, it's not like the BP will be standing around with nothing to do.  They would be more than welcome to hang inside where it's air conditioned, and enjoy a glass of wine if they choose, or eat some snacks (you can bring your own food in, so if we go that route we are planning to have a few things to snack on)
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_length-of-time-for-first-look-photos?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:b5a1f224-c329-46b4-9cc2-b1b26347c1e6Post:8de19569-985a-4f01-a5cb-a6df89fe2c8d">Re: Length of time for first look photos</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Length of time for first look photos : Moonlight, I believe our timeline is shaping up to look like this.  We might eliminate family photos and do those after the ceremony during the first part of cocktail hour (and then attend the second half of cocktail hour).  Our hair/makeup is also starting around 8:30/9am, and I am not mandating those activities so if a BM chooses to make the wedding day long, that's her choice to do so, or not do so. What did you do for transportation?  It sounds like everyone drove themselves?  I'm wrestling with this aspect now.  I'd love to eliminate the cost of a limo, but I'm not sure if it's easier or more difficult to have everyone take themselves around that day.  What did you and H do for transportation? for yourselves, since it sounds like the BP and parents had their own cars but someone else got you to the ceremony/reception. I also agree emmee that we had 1.5 hours for our engagement shoot and it wasn't enough time.  I should also add that our photog brings not only a second shooter, but a lighting assistant, so setting up shots does take a little more time than if it was just the photographer.
    Posted by SB1512[/QUOTE]<div>
    </div><div>It was nice for us to have hair done so early in the morning, because then we got to grab lunch at a diner and sit in our room chilling out and talking before we moved onto getting dressed- we didn't feel rushed at all during the whole day.</div><div>
    </div><div>As for transportation, it was a hodge podge. We hired a horse drawn carriage. Myself and my two MOHs took the carriage to the first look location. My parents drove their own car, inlaws drove their own car, and best man drove H and his groomsmaid to the first look location. </div><div>
    </div><div>After pictures, my MOHs went back with my parents or the Best Man, I'm not even sure which car they got into. I believe they went back to the hotel (not more than 5 minutes down the road) so everyone could get their own vehicles/ with their family to drive to the venue. H and I then took the horse drawn carriage around for more pictures, then to the venue. Once we were inside, our guests were allowed to take short rides around the venue parking lot in the horse drawn carriage. Not many guests got to do so, but the ones that did enjoyed it.  At the end of the night, H and I got in my MOH's car and she drove us back to the hotel. She also drove us to the after party at the casino and back.

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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_length-of-time-for-first-look-photos?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:b5a1f224-c329-46b4-9cc2-b1b26347c1e6Post:2b92d84c-457f-4aa7-a1fa-4ad1c12d5498">Re: Length of time for first look photos</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Length of time for first look photos : It was nice for us to have hair done so early in the morning, because then we got to grab lunch at a diner and sit in our room chilling out and talking before we moved onto getting dressed- we didn't feel rushed at all during the whole day. As for transportation, it was a hodge podge. We hired a horse drawn carriage. Myself and my two MOHs took the carriage to the first look location. My parents drove their own car, inlaws drove their own car, and best man drove H and his groomsmaid to the first look location.  After pictures, my MOHs went back with my parents or the Best Man, I'm not even sure which car they got into. I believe they went back to the hotel (not more than 5 minutes down the road) so everyone could get their own vehicles/ with their family to drive to the venue. H and I then took the horse drawn carriage around for more pictures, then to the venue. Once we were inside, our guests were allowed to take short rides around the venue parking lot in the horse drawn carriage. Not many guests got to do so, but the ones that did enjoyed it.  At the end of the night, H and I got in my MOH's car and she drove us back to the hotel. She also drove us to the after party at the casino and back.
    Posted by MoonlightSilver[/QUOTE]

    Yes, I also agree getting things done early will give us time to relax.  After we finish hair/makeup we will probably eat lunch at my parents (where we are getting ready), and I know it will be nice to have a full meal before things get nuts.

    Thanks for clarifying the transportation.  I'm thinking maybe FI and I should talk to the BP and see what they prefer to do for transportation.  If everyone would prefer to just drive themselves around or hop in someone else's car maybe FI and I can get chauffered around in a fancy town car instead of a limo. 
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