Post # 1
My ceremony and reception are at the same venue. My photographer said she normally takes the group family shots after dinner, but my venue coordinator said its much better to do right after the ceremony. For people that have done this, which one do you recommend?
Post # 2
We took them immediately after the ceremony. I’ve never heard of anyone taking them after dinner.
Post # 3
Our ceremony and reception were at the same place. We did my side before the ceremony but after the first look, then his sides right after the ceremony during cocktail hour. It would have been dark outside of we waited until after dinner, plus by then, I think people are tired of “performing.”
Post # 4
summerbride0815 : typically after the ceremony. Most people have become “disheveled” after dinner, especially if there is drinking.
Post # 5
Our ceremony and reception were in the same location. We did pictures after the ceremony.
Post # 6
We did ours right after the ceremony.
Post # 7
I’ve been to many weddings and only seen the family photos done either (a) immediately after the ceremony at the ceremony venue, or (b) at the same venue as other photos, before dinner. I don’t see how it makes sense to do another round of photos after dinner.
Besides all the other problems PPs have mentioned (maybe getting dark, people not in the mood), wouldn’t that mean that a large proportion of guests walks out of the reception venue for a while, leaving the rest behind? It sounds logistically very confusing.
Post # 8
Honestly that sounds like a recipe for disaster. I always do family formals immediately following the first look (if applicable) or immediately following the ceremony. The longer you wait the more you risk people going MIA and missing out on family formals.
Post # 9
I would definitely do them right after the ceremony. I can’t imagine trying to corral everyone once the reception is fully underway – plus, people are going to look less fresh as the night goes on.
If you are doing a first look or are willing to consider one, that helps immensely because you can get a lot of couple shots and wedding party shots before the ceremony even begins, making it easier to get the family photos done after the ceremony.
I am not sure anyone could ever convince me to do formal portraits after dinner. 😳
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre
For our engagement party we took our family group shots after the ceremony, and during cocktail hour, and also after dinner
Post # 11
We are doing ours right after the ceremony. Seems easier than pulling everyone out of the reception