Should you Have Your Wedding Pictures Taken Before or After the Ceremony?
Traditionally couples have their wedding pictures taken after the ceremony. More and more modern couples, however, have decided that it makes more sense to have the pictures taken before guests even start to arrive. When faced with this question, you have to decide which option makes sense for you.
Advantages to Pre-Ceremony Pictures
Taking pictures before your ceremony will help you keep a tighter schedule by getting one task finished before the event starts. Instead of making your guests wait, you can jump right into the reception party. People who don't like waiting will love you for skipping the traditional route and getting right to the fun.
Pre-ceremony pictures might also look better for some people, especially if you want to take pictures outside in the sunlight. You might want to ask your photographer which light he or she prefers. Evening photos might actually work well for some couples.
You also get to take advantage of freshly applied makeup instead of worrying that your tears will wash it all away during the ceremony. Even if you think that you can hold back tears to preserve your wedding makeover, you can't trust other people to do the same. Immediately after the wedding concludes, everyone will hug you. If your mom cries at everything from birthday parties to graduations, then she will be bawling at your wedding. It only takes one wet hug to ruin your makeup.
Disadvantages to Pre-Ceremony Pictures
There are some disadvantages to this approach. Some people feel that it's less romantic. They want to wait until the last moment before they see each other that day. If you're superstitious or just romantic, then you might want to avoid this option. Who cares if your guests have to wait a while before they get to eat? It's your day, and they can respect your decision.
Post-ceremony pictures might not have perfect makeup, but you might actually look better. If you get nervous before the ceremony, then it could show in your photos. You don't want to look stiff and worried in pictures that will hang on your wall for the rest of your life. If you wait until after the ceremony, the hard part is behind you, so you can feel and look relaxed.
Consider which advantages and disadvantages suit you as a couple. The choice might be obvious for you. For others, it can be a debate that takes time to figure out.
Posted by Matt T.