- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
So I have a photographer for my wedding who admittedly wouldn’t have been my first choice if budget was not a concern, but he is what I have and his pics are decent, especially for his price.
However, he was the photographer for my cousin’s wedding and I really felt that entirely too much time was spent taking photographs. Between the wedding ceremony ending and the reception starting, she took a solid hour and a half of photographs. Then DURING the reception, she disappeared at several points to get even more photographs.
One thing that I feel somewhat attached to is the idea of my fiance seeing me in the dress and such for the first time coming down the aisle. I really don’t want to have first look photos unless I absolutely have to. I was thinking that I would do separate bridal party photographs in the hour or two before the ceremony begins, and then after the ceremony, do a half hour or so of bride/groom pictures and full party pictures on site. However, the photographer wants me to suggest several spots in the area to go take photographs!
I only have the space for four hours in total from start to finish, which I think is a good span of time for a brief ceremony and then a fun reception afterwards that doesn’t drag on too long. And if people aren’t done partying, there are lots of nice spots around where they can take the party to. But, I don’t want to spend half of my reception outside away from my guests taking photographs!
Just a little information on my timeline. I was planning to have a brief ceremony from about 6 to 6:30. Then from 6:30 to 7:00ish, I was planning on having bride/groom/full bridal party portraits taken. Maybe from 7:00-7:15ish, I would pull in some family for bigger family shots. A priority for me is getting a photograph of myself with my siblings, in particular.
7:15-7:30, announce the bride and groom, then first dance. After that, dinner is served buffet style at 7:30. Until then, there will be drinks and people can explore the museum at which we’re having the ceremony and reception.
So here are my options, I think, in general:
1) Stand up to my photographer and say that I’m not interested in getting that many photos. I have my moment down the aisle, get a reasonable amount of bride/groom pictures, and then enjoy my reception.
2) Suck it up and do a first look so I can get tons of photographs before the reception and not have to miss the party. Schlep around to various sites in a hot dress in June to get hundreds of photographs.
3) Disappear for an hour or more after the ceremony to take photographs. Shell out an extra thousand or so dollars to extend the DJ and venue rental by an hour. Plus I’ll probably need some light apps for the time that I’m gone since dinner would then be late.
4) Just miss the hours of the reception. The photographs are more important than anything else.