(Closed) Was at a wedding today and the photographer was clearly drunk…

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

That is really really really sad…

And unprofessional!!!

If I was the bride, I would be Yell and Cry.

Post # 4
394 posts
Helper bee

That is just wrong and so unprofessional. Ive shot several weddings where I know the parents of the bride or groom and they always pressure me to “join in the fun” and have a drink. I would never even consider it. One wedding I actually got a club soda with a lime and a little straw to carry around and toast with them so that they would stop handing me drinks. 

It is never okay to drink on the job, for any job. I feel for this couple and hope their photos come out okay. 

Post # 5
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

that is awful! i would be so pissed! 

Post # 6
1405 posts
Bumble bee

a disgrace to the industry

Post # 8
1690 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

i am a wedding photographer and its totally unprofessional to drink whilst working.

OK by the time the drink starts flowing you have maybe taken all the best pictures and are just about wrapping up.  maybe its at the end of the evening but its still a definate no no! 

i often get requests from guests at weddings, for possible future wedding bookings…..I dont think i would get good word of mouth if i was seen to be drunk…

i only ever drink tea/coffee or a cold soft drink,  because aswell as anything else,  i know i am driving too….i think its disgraceful

Post # 9
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m really glad to see the responses from the pros here.

It never occured to me that a photographer would drink at my wedding until I was talking to one (not mine) who mentioned not being offered a beer at a reception.  I must have had a funny expression on my face because they quickly added that it was when most of the night was over…but I was still a little surprised.


Post # 10
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would be really upset if this happened at my wedding. I don’t drink on the job, so why should it be acceptable for someone I am paying to drink on the job…geeze, I hope that the pictures are ok..

Post # 11
8 posts
  • Wedding: February 1999

Not acceptable, it’s not uncommon to be offered MANY drinks during the day of a wedding; my solution is to simply tell the party that I’ll have one at the end of the night, after the camera bag is packed. This allows me to say my farewells to the wedding party and family without having to be concerned about additional shots as well as satisfies all the free drink offers. If you politely refuse all day people will respect that you are finally able to have a drink. A much deserved drink at that!!


I’ve been doing this for many years and have never had an issue, please keep in mind that if the event is conservative I’ll skip the beer all together.


Drinking while working will lead to disgruntle brides and grooms (and rightfully so) which will lead you to court when they sue for their money back. Good luck winning when all they focus on are the pics where you aren’t focused.

Post # 12
762 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

That’s terrible! How unprofectional!!

Post # 13
1136 posts
Bumble bee

If any vendor did that. I would fire them on the spot and they would not be getting paid

Post # 14
2701 posts
Sugar bee

I think things like these are always overlooked because most people assume that vendors control themselves and act appropriately. If we were having alcohol at the reception, I would have discussed wih my vendors beforehand that it wasn’t ok for them to have a drink until the end of the night when they’re “off my clock”. My photog knows it’s ok to eat and grab a snack at the wedding…. booze… not so much.

Post # 15
852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

wow – that IS crazy! I feel so bad for that bride. Ridiculous!

We had a beer with our videographer after everything was WAY over and we had already come back to the house to change. We were just having a small, post-wedding get together with guests that were still in town, so he had 2 beers before he left. He was kinda reluctant, but I practically insisted he have them – he did such a great job and I just wanted to thank him. He was a friend from college, so I think in this case it was acceptable. But I can’t imagine anyone doing it DURING the friggin wedding!

Did anybody read that review on Wedinator about the planner who got drunk? It’s funny, but still very sad for the bride!

Post # 16
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Oh I believe it. I’ve been to so many weddings where it seems like the DJ is drunk all the time! Like come on! I can see having ONE drink, but several and to actually get drunk on the job!? We would all be fired if this happened on our jobs. 

I’ve gone out for lunch for happy hour, but I would never ever go back to work drunk! I hope the photos aren’t a disaster! 

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