(Closed) scheduling "golden hour" portraits on wedding day

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’m having the same thing! My photog wants to steal us away during dinner, but I think that might be awkward.

Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Our photographer said the same thing. We didn’t want to skip out on dinner so we said we’d pass on getting those photos. We did sneak out of the reception for a bit to get some awesome photos of our ceremony site at night but that felt a lot less awkward than skipping out during dinner.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I wouldn’t think anything of it. Especially if you literally mean as guests are eating dinner, in which case they’re well enough occupied. Unless this would drastically impact whether you’ll have enough time to greet all your guests personally, I say go for it. I suspect it’s pretty common, actually.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don’t think it will be a problem. Just make it quick and plan ahead (where, what poses you want, etc) but I doubt anyone will notice what the bride and groom are doing during dinner. I usually just focus on my food! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

We snuck away for twenty minutes during the meal. It was no problem. It’s pretty common. The photos were to die for!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

if your guests are occupied eating, they likely wont even notice

Post # 8
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Helper bee

We did it. We were served dinner first, so we quickly ate our food (we were starving) and snuck off while the other guests were being served/eating. We made it back just as the dinner music was ending and band was starting.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

The pictures will be worth it. Golden hour is all of the things.

I’d do it if pictures matter to you. Golden hour makes everyone look their best.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

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blkarachnia :  it’s pretty normal. you’ll be eating first, which means you’ll likely be finished before some of your guests have even started. go get your pictures, and then come back and do table visits, and that should be pretty perfect timing for your last guests finishing dinner

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

We actually snuck away from the reception for a little bit to get some amazing photos. It started raining after our ceremony and the photographer wanted to get some cool backlit photos of DH and I in the rain. They turned out to be some of my favorite photos from the wedding and no one (except a few of my college roommates who watched from the doorway) seemed to notice or care.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

My husband and I snuck away for some golden hour shots. We didn’t do first look photos so it was fun to just be with him for 20-30 minutes while everyone had fun during dinner. I can’t wait to see the photos.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We did them, it was totally worth stepping away for a bit.  They were some of my favorite shots of the night.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

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blkarachnia :  Definitely don’t want to skip out on that! It’s the best light you’ll get the whole day except for sunrise. 😉

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