Post # 1
We’re trying to figure out what time the photography should be at our wedding. The 6 hr coverage is the one in our budget but it seems like its gonna be tight and I am debating if I should give our photographer more time to take the family photos and bride&groom photos and have them skip the bouquet/garter toss and just have friends take those photos. Do you think we should skip the bouquet/garter toss photos?
Post # 3
I don’t really think I can answer that for you. That’s something that might mean a lot to one person but someone else might not care about seeing photos of when they tossed the bouquet to the crowd.
Can you add on a second photographer for a few hours in order to capture everything or is your budget too tight?
Post # 4
@MapleMoose: If you miss that, you will also miss the cake cutting,etc.
Post # 5
well all i can say from my experience is that my timeline didn’t go according to plan and as a result i lost time for bridal party photos and so the ones i have were limited and i wish i got more of them. then once the reception started, my photog got great shots of cake cutting, first dance, and bouquet toss. I hadn’t really cared so much about the bouquet toss (we didn’t do the garter toss at all), but it turns out that the photos she got were great, they make me laugh and i am happy i have them. But if i had to choose between more time for portraits versus bouquet toss, i would definitely pick portraits as these are the ones you will likely want to frame and put in albums. i put the bouquet toss in my album, but didn’t make them that big or anything, i have them on the same page as other reception photos.
Post # 6
Really depends on how much those photos mean to you. A 6 hour timeline is tough to work with most weddings, but I always tell our couples that the beginning photographs better than the end, and that is usually true. Most of our clinets appreciate the artistic couples photos more than traditional shots of a cake being cut or a bouquet being tossed.
Post # 7
What if you make a list of all the different types of photos that can be taken (before wedding, getting ready, bridal party, formals, ceremony, entrance to reception, people dancing, etc.) and then rank them?
That way, you can see what is most important to you and what you feel you can do without. This may also help you plan your reception so you can make sure the reception-based photos that ARE important to you are done first/earlier in your photog session.
Post # 8
Totally depends on if you want those or not!
The bouquet toss was fun b/c my mom actually caught it AND kinda fought for it & I’m actually REALLY glad we have the garter toss pic b/c it’s one of our favs & was VERY spontaneous & unexpected! LOL
I didn’t have to decide between bridal party & reception pics though… we had our photographer the whole time… which I guess was about 5-6 hours for our midmorning brunch wedding.
You may also what to get your timeline down before deciding… We had a 20 minute or so ceremony @ 10 & then 30 minutes till we got to the reception & went immediately into the 1st dance, ate, and then did the tosses & such.
I like @cldaughe suggestion in writing down all the pics you want and taking into account whether they’re before, during, or after the ceremony.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
Make sure to leave extra time for whatever you do. Sometimes the bouquet/garter toss can be hard for guests to capture because it’s often in a dark room and things are happening pretty quickly. Either way, I recommend doing one “fake-out” toss and then a real one. Especially if you are not having your pro photogs there. Ultimately, I think family portraits probably take priority. Be judicious with whom you take family portrait groupings and keep in mind that you should allow 2-5 minutes per grouping depending on the location, how large your family is, and how prone people are to wandering off. It’s ALWAYS good to have someone assigned to coralling your family, as your photog probably won’t be able to recognize everyone and can’t be herding everyone who has wandered off into a good pose. Just a few thoughts from experience. 🙂