Post # 1
We were going to have a family friend (who works as a photographer) shoot out reception dinner (in just 11 days!), but she has needed to bow out for another wedding. That’s what you get for using friend-vendors with no contract. It will cost $500 to extend our current photographer’s coverage for our first dance, cake cutting, bouquet/garter toss, parent dance, etc. Is that worth it? Will guest photos be enough? I’m not sure how often I’ll actually refer to or frame those photos anyways. We are quite pressed for money.
Post # 2
Reception photos were the majority of the pictures we used for our album. There are only so many pictures of the ceremony and formal portraits that you will look at or use. You get tons of shots but they’re all basically the same with very small differences (i.e. head tiled right, head tilted left but the same pose). Some of my most loved pictures are of me dancing with all my guests.
Post # 3
I would spend the extra $500.
Post # 4
Any wedding photography is worth it to me, and $500 is not that much for priceless memories!
Post # 5
It’s totally worth it. Some of the best pictures from the reception came from our photographers. Guests will most likely be up and dancing or just hanging out. I didn’t get many reception pictures from any guests for that reason.
Post # 6
I regret not being more specific with my reception photography requests and timeline. While my photographer got a few shots of the toast and the first dance, most of the photos from the reception are of my guests. I look at the ton of guest photos I have and really regret not getting more photos of my DH and I during this part of the wedding.
If you are having a first look, I would focus on getting the most of out this part of the day. Everything is fresh (clothes, hair, make up) and the photos really can turn out beautifully. As for the reception, I really do not think spending additional money is worth it. Perhaps, try and see if the bridal party can help out to make sure the special moments (bouquet toss) are captured……
Post # 7
Without knowing what your budget is, in my opinion for only $500 more, you could get so many great photos and will never look back and say “why didn’t we just spend the extra $500”. So if I were you I would absolutely spend the extra money.
Post # 8
If it were me, I would definitely extend it, as the majority of wedding photos seem to come from the reception.
But put it this way–if you think forward to a few years, what will be more important to you:
the $500 you saved, or the one of a kind pictures from your reception?