(Closed) Family photos durring the reception? (details inside)

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Kind of. It will be dark by the time people are eating so it will be too late to take family pics, it will be done during the traditional cocktail hour. Although, we are doing a sparkler send off so I was to grab the niece and nephew to play with sparklers close to the end for a super cute photo opt. We will be doing the same about an hour before the end. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

I have thought about doing one large group picture of everyone in attendance right after the ceremony instead of a receiving line.  Its so hard to get everyone together after.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I think it will take way to long to do family photos during the reception. If you want a few photos then maybe. It also depends on how many guest you have. If you don’t have many guest they will all probably get their food very close together so they would be done all around the same time. My photographer told me if you want a good amount of family photos she needs 45 min.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Versailles Banquets (Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)

futuremrsrcb:  are you doing first look? If so, have them come to wherever you are doing that for the last 30-45 minutes.  We are taking our bridal party to a place for pictures right after first look and then having family that isn’t in the bridal party meet us all at venue an hour and half before the ceremony for pictures.  We are paying a lot of money for photography and I don’t want to rush it or miss any pictures.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

IS there a reason you don’t want to do this right after the ceremony? Are you nixing cocktail hour? Personally, I think it would be easier to do it right away. First of all you already have all the family in the same place. Once the reception starts people are going to wander, you’re going to have to send someone looking for them, and that will take up extra time. Second, I just feel like the sooner the traditional photos are over, the sooner you can relax and enjoy yourself. People expect the bride and groom to do photos after the ceremony, but if you wait until dinner, it might be harder to sneak away from your guests.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Banquet hall

I’m going to attempt to do family photos by process of elimination. First we will ask everyone to come up on the wide patio staircase. Each guest will receive instructions with their program about what we’re doing and why, along with when and where to stand for a everyone-in-attendance group shot. Then we will peel back layers to get family photos. (i.e. couple, parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts/uncles then just couple, parents, grandparents, etc.)

It’s taking a lot of planning but I think it will be worth it! (100 guests btw)

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

avchicago3:  Yea, I want as many photos as I can get!

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

futuremrsrcb:  As a wedding photographer, I beg and plead with you…DON’T do it! Just stick to tradition and do your family formals right after the ceremony. I can promise it will be a nightmare for you and your photographers if you are tyring to wrangle up people during the reception for family photos. It never works! There is always someone missing, in the bathroom, getting a drink…not to mention the reception is a huge distraction and people milling around.

For example. I just finished photographing a wedding this evening. We did all family photos after the wedding, but the bride had 4 family group shots she wanted to do during the reception. It took 20 minutes to get 4 groupings photographed. I’m not even kidding. That was WITH the DJ announcing it over and over again. The grooms mom was MIA, guests are drinking, talking, etc. No one is paying attention and it was a mess – not to mention just really stressful.

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