(Closed) Rude to leave reception for sunset photos?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Is it rude to leave the reception for 25 minutes to take sunset pictures?
    Yes, it is rude. Skip sunset pictures : (7 votes)
    11 %
    No, your guests will understand. : (58 votes)
    89 %
  • Post # 3
    957 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    @sara5ann:  if it’s during dinner they won’t even notice. Just don’t be gone for more than 20 minutes. 

    Post # 4
    1491 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Its not rude at all, as long as you don’t take too long.  In fact, most photographers and planners already take that into consideration during the reception, so you get the photos you want.  If you slip out, get your photos, and then slip back in you’ll be good.  If you take over an hour to get the photos done, that is a bit much.  

    Post # 5
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    If you are heading out while guests are eating, they may not even notice that you are gone. 🙂

    Post # 6
    2066 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    i hope it’s not rude because we want to take off for 10ish minutes to get some sparkler photos! 🙂

    Post # 7
    7339 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Wait till after everyone is finished eating dinner. Don’t slip out while people are still eating. It’s incredibly rude to do that, and sends a silent message that the guests need to hurry up and get out.  If you need to change the timeline around to accomodate everyone’s dinners AND still be done by sunset, then move the first dance to after dinner instead of before.

    Post # 8
    215 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2005

    @sara5ann:  I think that is totally fine! and with a wedding as small as 40 people I’m sure everyone will know what you are doing and not mind at all!

    Besides it’s not like you’re leaving people just standing around they will be eating dinner and socializing with each other. 

    Totally not a problem!! 

    Post # 9
    5660 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    It’s ok, just don’t make them sit around waiting for you for something. I went to a really badly coordinated wedding where I swear the DJ came on every 10 minutes saying ‘B&G will be back soon and we can do such and such!” It was so obnoxious a lot of people just gave up and left. 

    Same exact venue – my brother and his wife had their reception there and slipped out for pics and no one even noticed I don’t think. 

    Post # 10
    3823 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @sara5ann:  it’s your wedding. do whatever you want. our photographer pulled us away to take some late photos (around 8:20ish) and those photos are the best out of the bunch. we came back and most of our guests had left (wedding receptioin was over at 9), but it was okay. we partied and spoke to everyone. when i think back on it, it was worth it.


    Post # 11
    3755 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Do it!!! My friend did the same thing at her wedding, it was gorgeous. No one will care, just don’t take forever.

    Post # 12
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    That’s like saying it’s rude to go to the bathroom during your reception. You gotta do what you gotta do! The guests will be fine and I bet a whole bunch don’t even notice. 

    Post # 13
    488 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I find it odd that people would think this is rude…esp during dinner (people are focused on eating at that point, they aren’t going to miss you!)

    You are going to get pulled in so many different directions the day of your wedding, no one is even going to notice!

    When you think of all the weddings you been to (not in the bridal party) you spend all of what…5-10 mins talking to the bride and groom? It’s fine, go for it!


    Post # 14
    810 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We slipped out for sunset photos the same way you are planning. Guests started eating, we did cake, our special dances, spoke to a few people, then snuck down to a pier on the water for about 20 minutes. Some people didn’t notice, some did and none of them cared. We had about 65 guests. The pictures are SO SO worth it. Do it!

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