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Family Portraits - Before or After Ceremony?

n.ladxo, on March 26, 2023 at 13:39 Posted in Plan a wedding 0 4

Hi All!

Even with my wedding being just under a year away now, I'm starting to plan out the little things (i.e., where I'll be getting ready, timeline, etc). My fiancé and I are planning on doing a first look at the Fairmont Palliser as that's where I'll be getting ready (super excited since the hotel is so iconic) then travelling to the venue together. He'll be getting ready at home but then travelling to the Palliser to do the first look since we plan on staying the night there as well.

I'm trying to figure out if we should do our family portraits before or after the ceremony. My only concern with after the ceremony is that we won't get the beautiful portraits in front of the fireplace mantel that we'll be getting married in front of as venue staff has to immediately start changing over the space for dinner. We also have 3 sets of parents, 2 sets of grandparents & we each have 2 siblings with their SO's.

But with before, I'm not sure what time to have everyone come to the venue as we plan our ceremony to be at 4pm. I was thinking 3pm, in case guest start arriving at 3:30 but then I'm not sure what I'd do for with 30 minutes before as there is no real place to hide inside of the venue (it's a beautiful restaurant venue).

Any input is appreciated! I'd ideally like to have everything sort of figured out before I meet with my coordinator again in a few months to make an official timeline.


Latest activity by KELLY, on March 30, 2023 at 16:03
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    KELLY ·
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    Welcome to Wedding Wire! Are the two locations far apart? If you plan to have family photos before the wedding at another location keep the transportation time between locations in mind, it sounds like quite a few people will need to make their way from one to another

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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
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    I would do family portraits before but see if you can swing one large family photo with everyone immediately after the ceremony at the fire mantel.

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  • Carolina
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    We did our family photos pictures beforehand and I’m so glad we did! We did family (three sets of parents), siblings (3 siblings with SOs), and entire bridal party (5 bridesmaids, 5 groomsmen and 2 junior bridesmaids). It took us about an hour and a half to get through all those photos (but we did our couple shots there as well). Guests did start filtering in about 20ish mins before the ceremony, and we had the groomsman and groom in the space greeting everyone. In terms of hiding out, is your limo still there? We still had limo access and it was a nice little spot if there’s no suite! You could also steal a few mins in there with your groom before everything starts! We had the chance to do that and it was so invaluable having a couple of calm minutes together in the midst of a crazy day. We also were able to enjoy the reception more because we could spend more time with guests and there was less pressure to stay picture perfect because a lot of the shots were already done!
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  • Carine
    Featured September 2023 Ontario
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    Congratulations and welcome to wedding wire!

    Make sure you have permission to take photos with a professional photographer outside of your hotel room if you are not getting married at the hotel. I used to work for one of their most iconic hotels and they have a strict photography policy set in place, they only allow photos in the room or in the venue you are hosting your wedding in.

    I would have your family photo before the ceremony this way you do not risk missing out on the photo due to set up.

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