Only essential wedding photos?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Nothing is necessary except you, your Fiance, and someone to marry you.  Do what you want.  Personally, I want pictures of at least every table, because I want to remember who was there, and some of our family members are quite old, and I want pictures of them.  However, this isn’t necessary at all.

Post # 3
2628 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We just hired our photographer for 4 hours, so no getting ready photos, no first look, and no party pictures. What was important to me was that he take the standard photos of the different family groups and got some good ones of me and Darling Husband. He also obviously covered the ceremony. We did have him go to the reception venue just for 30 min or so to get some nice photos of our decor and cake too.

I’m happy with what we did, and I ended up with tons of great photos to use in my album and some to frame around the house. I saw no need to spend a ton more money for photos of me getting ready, but I’m not the type of person who would be into that anyway.

ETA: We did have him take a photo of each of the tables to get a record of who was there too. But, we only had 50 guests, so that was a quick thing.

Post # 4
842 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

It’s totally up to you and your Fiance (and possibly your parents, especially if they are contributing).

Personally I don’t care much about photos and would be fine with the candid shots from the ceremony + some of the reception and a few posed photos in between. I don’t want a first look and I don’t plan on letting anyone talk me into it because the extra photo time isn’t important to me (and having been in several weddings recently, my boyfriend isn’t a fan of all the photo sessions either). 

My mom has actually said that she regrets not reigning in her photographer in terms of the number of photos. She has only looked at their whole album a couple of times in over 30 years.

Post # 5
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

No photos are ‘necessary’, it’s just what you want! We had 8 hours and I wouldn’t have shortened that at all. 

I had some getting ready photos, just right at the end when we were ready to put our dresses on rather than the entire hair and makeup time. Some of those photos are among my favourites – I like getting ready photos as they help to capture the day and fun moments with your bridal parties. You don’t need hours of them though. 

We also had the photographer there for about an hour into the dancing time and I’m really glad, pictures of people dancing are so fun and help us remember our awesome dance party! The photographer was served a meal and there’s no eating pics because I agree no one likes that.

I think the getting ready and dancing pictures were some of the most candid ones, which I love. If we didn’t have those then the bridal party and guest pics would mostly be the posed group shots. 

We didn’t have an overwhelming number of photos and we made one album which we do look at. I like having photos that cover each part of the day. 

Post # 6
665 posts
Busy bee

babou :  I eloped with no guests. We did 2 hours which included the ceremony and a few different beach locations. We could have gone longer definitely not shorter. I’m a picture nerd though. I wanted very nice shots of me and my hubs. Those will be your most important ones. Who cares if you don’t have pix of your coworkers dancing or your aunts eating cake. 

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