Photographer at the Reception

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@beetobee255:  Mine is staying all night!!!
But he’s a friend of my fiance’s (AND a pro – we’re trying to treat him as well as he’s treating us!) so he is planning to stay his max of 12 hours the day of.

BUT we counted backwards… the reception ends at 10:30p, so he will arrive at 10:30a. If the reception gets pushed back a bit, we’ll ask him to come a little later in the morning to make up for it.

Post # 4
2915 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

All night.

Post # 5
6985 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ours stayed for maybe 30 minutes after our first dances. I don’t think all night is necessary.

Post # 6
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I only had mine stay for the first hour. She caught all the special stuff like our first dance and toasts. It wasn’t worth it to me to have photos of people drinking and dancing since those ususally aren’t print worthy. I had fun looking through our guests’ photos of the reception though! 

Post # 7
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@beetobee255:  They should stay all night. I think that was about standard for every one I talked too. For instance we had her for a total of five hours. My wedding started at 7:30 and ended at 11:00. We had her get there like an hour early for pictures before hand. There are so many pictures you wil definitely want to have so don’t miss out!

Post # 8
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

our photographer leaves when the reception ends, but I don’t think its absolutely necessary – especially if you are doing any final events (grand exit, last dance, etc). Do what makes the most sense for you and your timeline and budget. 

Post # 9
160 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

8 or 9 pm as I paid her for 12 hours and I have an extra early start.


I’m hoping she will stay later and not charge as I would like my extra dresses to be covered.

A lot mention after the cake cutting/first dances/etc.

Post # 10
1259 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@beetobee255:  We get ours for 10 hours that day. He will most likely start with us at 12pm so he should be staying until at least 10pm. But he’s expressed to us that he is pretty flexible. He does not abrubtly stop as soon as the 10 hours is up.

I don’t think the entire night is necessary though. As long as the important parts that you want photographed are done…

Plus, so many guests have phones, cameras etc. I love seeing “party” pics from the guests. You can also have your guests upload their photos to a website later so you can see them and pick what ones you like!

Post # 11
885 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We had I think 8 or 9 hours of coverage, but we did getting ready photos, plus first look/bridal party photos before the ceremony, starting at around 1:00.  She left not long after the first dances.

Post # 12
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I had two photographers for 12 hours.

We started photos at noon and ended around 11:30…..

We did get some great night shots during the reception….

My only regret was not getting enough of me and my DH during the reception

We have a ton of guest photos (dancing, etc) but not too many of us after the first dance……




Post # 13
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

It depends on your timeline. If every key thing in your wedding is checked off by 9, then there really isn’t a point to pay extra to have photos of drunken guests dancing. Many brides prefer to hire the photographer to come and do getting ready photos, and leave earlier than the other way around.

Plus, many photographers working an hourly rate are not going to stay longer than the time  you’ve paid them for. And if they are asked to stay longer, you can expect to pay for it. 

Post # 14
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@beetobee255:  Ours is staying for the first two hours of the reception and I think it’s plenty. You can only have so many drunk dancing photos haha

Post # 15
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@beetobee255:  Mine is staying for about half of the reception. They’ll stay for the big moments and then scoot out. Sounds good to me!

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