Off site photo shoot

posted 2 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Most people do these photos during cocktail hour. Are you not having one? If so, I would either do photos before the ceremony or after dinner. Another option would be to schedule a day after photo shoot for a much more relaxed picture taking experience. That’s what we did, and it was fun. 🙂 Whatever you do, do not delay your guests dinner just so you can go take photos.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

It really depends on how far the location is. I went to a wedding where the wedding party left right after the ceremony and were gone for 3 hours and the cocktail appetizers were only passed an hour and there was one bar attendant and a very long line. I would suggest keeping it short and making sure your guests have foof and beverage while you are away. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I went to a wedding where the bride and groom had the receiving line, then they went off and took pictures for a little bit, then came back; it was all at the same location, and it flowed smoothly because they had a dessert bar for guests to munch on during their picture time.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We chose not to have a receiving line. We took our family/group pictures right after the ceremony, then went to our pictures during the cocktail hour which we had last 1.5 hours. We just met with our guests during dinner and made sure we talked to everyone then. We didn’t have much time to eat, but our photos were our priority so we wanted to have enough time! It worked out very well. 

Post # 6
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Newbee

If photos after the ceremony aren’t going to take more then an hour, I would say do this during cocktail hour.  If it’s going to be any longer than that, i would consider having a first look and doing this before the ceremony so your guests aren’t waiting around forever.  

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We did ours after the ceremony which was during the cocktail hour. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We did our before the ceremony and it was the best decision ever. We weren’t rushed and didn’t miss any of our cocktail hour or reception!!

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