Post # 1
FI’s parents suggested having the photographer follow us as we greet tables and take a picture of us with each group. I am torn as to how I feel about this . . .
Pros: It’s a quick way to get a picture of EVERY guest. Having a reason to move on to the next table makes the table greeting faster (we have 29 tables – eek!). Guests might appreciate that we want pictures with each of them.
Cons: Guests might think we’re substituting photos for talking with them. It might end up taking longer per table, if people start requesting their own photo (ie, if it’s a table of four couples, wanting four separate photos). The photographers won’t get a chance to eat.
I know this would make a good poll, but I want to hear everyone’s thoughts, not just a yes or no so . . . advise away please!
Post # 3
It’s a nice idea in theory, but for 29 (!!!) tables, it’d probably best avoided. Also, I’m all for spontaneity, and it seems so contrived – not a mention a timewaster when you could actually be inteeacting with your guests (which is what both you and they will remember!). Let your photogs do what they do best, not to mention eat so they won’t be cranky 🙂 If you’re concerned about getting everyone, just give the photogs a heads up on who the wallfowers are (shy relatives, grandparents who may be sitting down most of the night) so they can get some shots of them as well!
Post # 4
I think it sounds like a good idea. You photographers will have other chances to eat. They don’t need to be taking pictures of people dancing for hours on end – they can eat sometime after dancing starts. You can just tell people who want to do smaller group pictures that you’ll get a picture with them later in the evening. And you really won’t be substituting photos for talking – you should be spending a couple of minutes with each table and a single photo doesn’t take anywhere near that long.
I don’t think there is any possible way you’d get a picture of every guest without doing this so if that is something that you want, it seems like a no-brainer to me.
Post # 5
The photog followed us around but he wasn’t like “OK, everyone gather around the bride and groom and smile!!!” It was more non posed, whatever that word is.
Post # 6
I just went to a wedding where they did this at 56 tables. Yes, you read that right. What worked well (flow-wise) is they had a photog assistant or wedding coordinator type person, approach the table just before the bride and groom showed up (like, while they were at an adjacent table) to tell us a photo would be taken. They also suggested the side of the table that should remain sitting and that the others should stand behind them (to get the best view of the room). It worked seamlessly because we were all ready for when they came around.
You won’t be talking to each guest if you have 29 tables anyway – so it would be a good chance to at least be up close to them and greet them. I don’t go to a wedding expecting much time with the bride and groom -but at least a hello and thank you for coming is the bare minimum (which you’ll be guaranteed if you go around to the tables).
Go for it!
Post # 7
We did this when we went around for our table toasts… but we only had 14 tables. Towards the end, our DOC was like “ok, you’re spending too much time at each table” (it was appreciated since it was her job to keep us on a timeline). We had to rush through the last few tables, but I’m glad we did it. I think if you have some time for it, it’s something you should seriously consider. To me, your “pros” list outweighs your “Cons” list.
Post # 8
we got a huge pic of everyone, all at once! I love it!
Post # 9
Honestly, I’d probably advise against it. The only time you can do this is while guests are eating–which means *you* won’t be able to eat (and, at my wedding, I completely missed the cocktail hour because of pictures, and only had a few minutes to shovel food in without going table to table for pictures). Try to make sure you eat, whether or not you do this. It’s a looonnnggg day!
Also, table pictures are a bit of a headache because most folks have been traveling, up and down, on their feet, etc., and the first time many guests sit back and relax is during dinner. Interrupting everyone to stop eating and scoot around isn’t exactly fun (plus, half-eaten food all over the table doesn’t make for the best pictures).
If you decide to do this, definitely have at least one or two helpers, and try to be quick about it (e.g., don’t stop them mid-bite, make them scurry around, and then wait a few minutes while you finish with the previous table). Also, pay attention to the order in which the staff is serving tables.
Post # 10
I like the idea and I think the guests really appreciate it. We may even do it ourselves. However, I am wondering if I want a photo album with very similar pictures and poses?? I like the idea of the photg not posing each table but making it more candid. But still… they will all look very similar. I think I would rather have a posed group photo vs. all of those table photos.
Post # 11
I think taking pictures with an entire table is pretty common at weddings. We tried to do it at ours but only got through about half of our 20 tables before it was after dinner and people were up getting a drink, dancing, etc so we werent able to finish. If you do have time, go for it! If you do, make sure you have someone gathering people at the table before you get there so they can reposition for the pic, remove the centerpiece, get ready, etc. It will help it go along much faster.