(Closed) No reception photographer – has anyone done this?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

What if you had a friend just snap some pics? That way you will have something. One of my BMs planned her wedding in 3 wks. She did not have a photographer but some of her pics (taken by guests) look better than the real thing!!!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

Sounds ok to me! We didn’t have a photographer for our whole reception – they stayed long enough to get pictures of us and the bridal party entering, and went around taking photos of all the guests, and then left. I would specifically ask someone to take photos though, otherwise you will have lots of photos of the same people but there might be some guests who never have their photo taken (or is that just at our family parties?) Of course this is only important if you are sentimental and want to make sure you have photos of everyone who was there 🙂

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Sorry…wrong post!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We are having a Destination Wedding and a reception 3 weeks later. Altho i wanted a photog and had it in my budget to spend 2k+ for one i just could not see wasting that kind of money on 1 ( i’ve gotten lots of intense commets about my opions on the price of a photog :D)

I ended up looking on craigslist and found a photog who would shoot our reception & getting ready pic for $400 including a disc!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We’re having an at home reception 3 weeks after our wedding and won’t have a pro photog either!  Its more casual and although I’ll be wearing my dress again, all I personally care about are my wedding photos.  I think you’ll be okay!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Here’s an idea! Why don’t you ask people what kind of SD cards their digital cameras or phones (mini SD) take and buy a bunch of them to hand out? Then at the end of the reception, everyone can hand them back in to you? The lower gig cards are so freakin cheap these days.

It was something I was thinking about before I managed to find the perfect photographers.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Have you thought about hiring an event photographer? A lot of photographers offer an hourly rate to cover events like parties, showers, corporate functions, etc. that are significantly less than the traditional wedding package. I’m sure you could find someone cover your at-home reception for a few hundred bucks.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We had a similar situation.  Our ceremony was in Massachusetts, and our reception was three days later in DC.  We brought a laptop and a card reader with us to the reception, and asked people to give us copies of the photos they took.  We also sent an e-mail around the next day, asking for people to upload copies of their photos to our Winkflash site.  We ended up with several hundred photos that way!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

In all honeslty, i think snaps taken by your guests sometimes capture the recpetion better then those of the professional.

There was a classic moment at my sisters wedding where she and her husband were cutting the cake and realised they had no transport from the reception.  The guests caught some awesome pictures of the moment, and you could see the pro photographers reflection in the mirrors at the venue.  She was leaning against a wall, camera in hand.  Amrs crossed.  Not capturing anything!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Check out the Event area of Craigslist! Sometimes there are even people looking to build their portfolio who will photograph your event for free!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Our photog was $800 for an e-session, ceremony and 3 1/2 hours of reception- I loved having her at the reception because she snapped a ton of photos of us with people we don’t get to see very often, it was really nice to have those photos.  We also had an uncle who was handy with a camera, and he came in handy for photos after our photog left for the night. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We only have our photographer for 8 hours, and we are doing a first look before the wedding so we can get some photos of just us before all the craziness begins. Therefore, they will only be there for about the first 3 hours of the actual reception, which is fine with us. The best of the events happen early (first dance, toasts, cake, cutting) and I DO NOT care for photo of our guests dancing – not interested at all. So I really think that it’s fine.

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