Is it best to take wedding photos before the ceremony, after the ceremony, or on a separate day completely?

This is something you’ll definitely want to discuss with your photographer, but I think more than likely neither you nor your family will want to take photos directly after the ceremony. At this point everyone is hungry and just wants a drink! The best time to take photos is probably before the ceremony once you’re already. Then your whole family will be dressed up and there for the photos. Of course you can always discuss with your photographer about taking destination photos or photos in his studio on a separate date. The only annoying thing about that is that you will have to prepare your hair and makeup a second time.