Post # 1
Hi! I was wondering if anyone has hired a photographer for their rehearsal dinner, and if so, were they glad they did or did they later think it wasn’t necessary? I’ve been considering a really simple package- something like 1-2 hours with 50 or less 4×6 prints- no album or extras. If I keep it simple, it wouldn’t totally break the bank, and I thought it would be a nice opportunity to get more pics of our close friends and family when we’re all dressed up, but on the other hand, I just don’t know if its worth the extra expense. Has anyone considered this or done it? Thanks!
Post # 3
I’m not doing it, but if you do have it in the budget, I think it would be nice to do. We maxed out our photography budget for the wedding day so we don’t have any $$ leftover for other photography sessions, but I think this would be a nice touch.
Post # 4
I think it depends on what’s involved at your rehearsal dinner — all we did was eat and hand out gifts, so the photos were not too exciting. There were some gorgeous ones that I love, but what I really like better are the photos that she took at our rehearsal — it’s hilarious to me to see us all parading down the imaginary aisle in our bummy clothes!
That said, I don’t know if I would have spent the $$ for it. The reason we got the pix was ’cause our photog was from out of town, and we consider her a friend and just wanted her at dinner anyway. She chose to bring the camera on her own and gave us the pix as a gift. (Same for rehearsal.) If budget is tight, I think I’d just ask a friend to take pix, esp. if all you are looking for are some group pix of you guys all dressed up. If you have a really big rehearsal dinner planned, with lots of guests and lots of action, then it might be worth it. One of my BMs took pix too, and while her technique isn’t on a par w/ the pro, she captured pretty much exactly the same moments.
Post # 5
Hi…To be honest I think you can put the money some where else. I’m sure your friends and family will be taking lots of pictures and will be sending them to you! If you are still interested, why don’t you ask a friend who loves taking pictures to go around taking pictures. The money extra money can be used towards your honey moon are a nece massage before your big day!
Post # 6
It depends on your budget. And what you’re planning for your rehearsal dinner (extravagent party, casual backyard, etc.) Since we’re having a destination wedding, we’re having a photographer at the rehearsal dinner since it’s really just another wedding event. Only for 2 hours though.
Post # 7
I’m having mine at the dinner – she ‘s actually just shooting the night with her camera on my memory card and then I can dow tih what I want what she gets. However, I work with photoshop and photos all the time and she’s a friend of mine which makes this package work for me.
I would say go for it, or just ask everyone to bring cameras. I would really want to have it properly documented – how many times will you do this after all, and have all these people together.
Post # 8
I thought about it. A friend who is starting up wedding photography was supposed to come but couldn’t make it. In the end, it really wasn’t necessary. It’s an insanely busy day really. Everyone told me how crazy the day before the wedding was actually going to be and boy were they right. Things get thrown off schedule too so I am glad there wasn’t a photographer there.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2018 - Rancho del Cielo, Malibu, CA
i’m not planning on it myself, but it does depend on how big of an event your rehearsal dinner is i think. if it is basically practically a whole other reception with your closest friends or out-of-town guests, it might be nice. in general though, i think if you just aska friend who has a nice camera to take a few pics, that would be sufficient…but if you have the extra cash and it is really special to you, go for it 😛
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
Because the RD pics arent as "important" as wedding day pics, you might want to contact your local school’s photography dept or even craigslist to find an amature or hobbyist that can do a "professional" job at a fraction of the price!
Of course, if you have the budget, you might want to ask your photog that you’ve hired for the wedding, and see if he/she would offer you a discount to do it…I bet they’d be willing to offer you a great deal, since youre already spending bucks with them for the wedding!