(Closed) DW Reception

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Mine ran really long – like 7 hours. But it was at a house we were renting, so there was no financial penalty for running over.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

well it depends. I’m getting married on the beach and it will be hot, so we will start the ceremony at 5:30 and since its turtle nesting season we have to leave at 10 because noise and lights bother them (lame!). I’m going to have her take pictures before though so probably 5-6 hours total for me.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@katievee:  Yes, but we brought him from NY with us – he was a sort-of guest, so he just hung out and took pictures the whole time in between dancing. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

What are your guests like?  Are they the dance, drink, and party hard sort?  Or are they more the sort who talk for a bit and then start looking for their beds?  Are they younger and energetic or a lot of elderly relatives?

The type of guests you have can affect how long your reception lasts.  We’re planning on a photographer for 10 hours based on roughly how long we think that the day will go from photos before the ceremony through dinner and a floating lantern launch near what we suspect will be the end of the evening.  It will cover the highlights of the event and we figure if the party goes on beyond that, we’ll live with guest photos.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@katievee:  I’m getting married at the Sandbar on Anna maria Island, FL. I’m having 60 guests I think. It could be a few more, though. We originally booked her four hours, but I think we will change to 5 or 6. We can keep her longer, she will just bill us for the overtime.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@katievee:  I think ours is 5 hours. Our photographer will be there for 1 hour.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@katievee:  I would go another hour. 1.5 seems really short for all those things. Even if the last hour is drinking and dancing, that would be fun. Have you discussed the timeline with your photographer? I was really surprised by the two our photographer suggested.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@katievee:  I read your original post incorrectly, lol. I thought you were asking if your reception was too short in general but it’s about hiring the photographer, ha ha. I retract the statement in my last post, I think it’s fine to hire him for the original time you stated. As someone who is hiring their photographer for only 1 hour of the reception, I don’t think they need to snap pro photos of drinking and dancing =)

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