Grand Exit Fake?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
1149 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

It would seem a little weird as a guest but I wouldn’t extend your photographers hours just to capture one specific thing.  What exactly were you thinking?  Like a sparkler send-off or something?  You could just have the DJ or whoever be like, “everyone please go outside for a special sparkler photo with the B&G” and not even call it a send-off.

Post # 3
6589 posts
Bee Keeper

I think its silly, but I think using your guests as photo props is also silly. Kind of the epitome of “only doing it for instagram” mentality.

Post # 4
405 posts
Helper bee

I despise fake exits and using guests as props in pictures.

Post # 5
3545 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

madilynnnne :  I’ve actually never seen a “grand exit” in real life at the weddings I’ve attended, except from the church, but not at the venue at the end of the night. It sounds silly to do a fake one just for pictures. When you want to leave, just go. I also haven’t been to a wedding where the couple was ready to leave before the guests… Usually the crowd thins out and family and close friends are there helping out as needed. 

Post # 6
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’ve always heard that guests usually leave afterwards because it’s weird and difficult to get back into party mode after that.

I’ve only personally had one experience with it. My FSIL’s wedding had a fake send off photo op and as a guest, it was pretty obnoxious. The wind was blowing her hair or something so she had us all line up again to do it a second time. There’s something weird about demanding your guests cheer for you on cue. Afterwards everyone awkwardly stood around outside for a few minutes and then just went to their cars. I don’t think anyone even went back into the reception unless they had to grab a coat or pee. 

Post # 7
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

madilynnnne :  Never heard of this being done but I think it’s a pretty neat idea.  Just kind of time consuming to gather all your guests?

Post # 8
3563 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

madilynnnne :  it’s weird. if you want prop pics of your exit, hire them for the extra hours. otherwise, don’t get pro pics.

Post # 9
2188 posts
Buzzing bee

madilynnnne :  Can you do it between ceremony and reception? We did one then, as did most of our friends that had a grand exit shot. The few I have been to that had an end of a night one generally had a friend take a photo instead of the professionals and the pictures were not great.

Post # 12
2805 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We did a fake exit for our videographer. It wasn’t a grand exit, it was just the two of us. 

It seemed silly at the time, but it ends the video nice, inside of just cutting off in the middle of a dance.

There are different ways you could approach this. I like PPs idea of calling it just a sparkle photo. “Send off” might make it seem like it’s either  time for guests to leave or you want to go home. You could also just have the bridal party in the photo, so it’s not quite so announced.

Post # 13
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I’m thinking of something similar. My photographer also suggested asking everyone to meet outside for a picture and not calling it a “send off.”

Post # 14
771 posts
Busy bee

madilynnnne :  Option D. You don’t get a photographed exit.

Absolutely don’t leave the reception early (this is your freaking wedding reception) and don’t make your guests pose a fake exit. As a guest when this has been done, it’s been SO boring and awkward and totally kills the move just for one photo the bride and groom will look at for a hot second.

Post # 15
4910 posts
Honey bee

I don’t see a problem with this, just call it a photo shoot. I wish I had all my guests faces in a photo! I’ve never seen one to be honest. I did see a photo of everyone in a panorama on the dance floorin one photographers portfolio. It was really really nice! 

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