This is definitely a question where one
answer will not cover all scenarios. I'll
say that I've never had a couple regret
seeing each other though, and I personally
like it most of the time because I feel
it usually provides more time to accomplish
the goal of great images. I'll never strong-arm
a client into any schedule they don't like
though. I'm not that strongly for or against
it and a successful shoot can usually be
done either way.
There are a few instances though that may
prevent that from being the optimum schedule.
Those may include:
- Knowledge that everyone will definitely
not be present thereby requiring a split-session
anyway (some formals before the ceremony
and some after).
- Being restricted by the location's reserved
block of time and/or the ceremony time
placement within that block of time which
may not provide enough time to properly
accomplish all the formals prior to the
Some reasons for it may include:
- If often provides more time to photograph
the bride & groom than is possible
after the ceremony.
- It actually calms the bride & groom
and allows them to enjoy the ceremony
more. No, it doesn't ruin the excitement.
- In the cases of winter weddings, it
often allows you to work outside before
it gets dark.