(Closed) Married bees: Is a photographer needed for the last hour of the reception?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

There are a few “after the wedding” pictures I’d like to get and seen that look AMAZING, so it just depends on what you want/think you will be doing during that time.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

This is definitely up to you and your Fiance to decide. If you don’t have anything special planned as your “send off” or a last dance and you want to save a few bucks then you probably don’t need the photog there. We had a sparkler send off so we definitely wanted our photog there.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Personally our photographer was only there until the first dance for my wedding.  I wish she had stayed a little longer as for staying for the last hour, I don’t think it is needed no.  By that time, most people including bridal party are pretty tired and ready to get out of there and don’t look their best.

Post # 6
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5787 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

If you’re not having a send off I don’t see the point of keeping them til the end. You can only look at so many dancing pictures. Ours stayed like 30 minutes post cake cutting.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We didn’t have a fancy send off or anything so when our photographer left about a half hour or so before the reception was over, we didn’t really care. The party had pretty much died down by then anyway and there weren’t many kodak moments so he would have just been standing around, taking random pictures. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

And yes, we are having a last dance too… can’t wait to clear the dance floor and share that with FH. Haven’t seen it done at a wedding, so I want to capture it

Post # 9
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2580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We had our photographer for 6 hours, so he left with about an hour left of the dancing portion of the reception. I was so worried about missing something but after the fact, it really did not matter to me.

We have over 650 photos from our wedding and there are probably only about 75 or 100 that we’re putting in an album–I just thought to myself, in a few years we’re not going to care about every single second being recorded, we’ll just want the major memories for a few nice framed photos and our album. Unless you’re doing a dramatic exit (like sparklers or something) I don’t think it’s necessary.

Post # 10
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645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It cost us 100 dollars to have her stay an extra hour. It was worth it to us because we did a sparkler exit. Also one of my favorite pictures she took of us when we were leaving. We had to walk to the limo (since it didn’t fit in the parking lot area) and we are looking at each other holding hands. I love it and would not have it if she wasn’t there until the end.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Our photographers stopped shooting before the end of the reception.  We stayed until the very end and didn’t have a special sendoff, so they didn’t miss anything.  There are only so many dancing pictures they can take before the shots start looking really redundant.

Post # 13
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413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

There is not point in having the photographer stay until the very end of the reception- the extra time would be better spent earlier in the day

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

@monique1218:  It’s typical for the photographer to start wrapping it up after the cake cutting, dessert.  Usually they will stick around a bit longer to get pics of people dancing,etc, but as it starts to wind down, they will wrap up.

Post # 15
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685 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think that it really depends on how much money you would be saving.  After the reception, the photographers followed us to the hotel to get some shots of us going into our room.  So, if you’re only saving a few dollars, I would say keep them around.  If it’s substantial, then cut it.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@rebwana:  We had 10 hours total, from 1-11, which caught everything from makeup to the end of our reception (not hair though, we got that done in the morning).  There were some very cute photos from the last song where we were belting out Don’t Stop Believing with a group of friends!  I do wish I’d asked our photographer to stay a few more minutes to get our boat exit, but I just wasn’t thinking and I’m sure he would have if I’d just mentioned it to him!  That said, I’ll bet you that Ethan stays til the end anyway 🙂

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