Photography question - which would you rather have?

We're looking at photographers right now and trying to cut costs by having the photog be there for shorter hours. So if you had to choose, what would you pick out of these two options:

1) No getting ready shots, half an hour of anticipation shots, ceremony, some formal pics during the break, and all but the last half hour of the reception

2) 1-1.5 hours of getting ready and anticipation shots, but the photographer is not there for the last 1.5 hours of the reception (it is a 5 hour reception)
Posted on July 25, 2007 at 11:53 am
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Kristen
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I vote #2. I think it's nice to have some getting ready shots. Just don't plan any events in the last 1.5 hours. The only thing that might happen is what, drunk relatives and friends yucking it up? They can take their own pics of that and you can kindly ask them for a copy =).
Posted on July 25, 2007 at 12:06 pm
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I would think the second option and plan to do all the traditional stuff (bouquet throwing, etc.) towards the beginning or middle of the reception. But it's all up to you. Maybe it would help to envision your ideal wedding album and what would be included. I'm sure you'll have plenty of family taking pictures during the ceremony and reception, but not everyone will be there when you're getting ready.
Posted on July 25, 2007 at 12:14 pm
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I would definitely go for #2. The only bummer is you might miss pics of you leaving unless you leave early.
Posted on July 25, 2007 at 12:51 pm
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i vote for #2 as well. looking back on things, i'm sure you'll appreciate getting ready shots. typically the last hour of receptions, the older folks leave, some younger people dance, and others sit and drink. heehee...i don't think there would be anything so significant about the last hour that you'd want captured that varies from the first hours of the reception.
Posted on July 25, 2007 at 12:56 pm
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i'd vote for #2 as well... one thing I noticed when looking at photographer's portfolios is that I loved the getting ready shots and photographers tended to have a lot of them too, I think because they always look so iconic and classic. But I never saw too too many of the reception shots... like thundercloud said, people are either sitting down, or dancing, etc... which is not as great for photos I think.
Posted on July 25, 2007 at 2:21 pm
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I did #2 for our wedding, so I am going to vote for #2. Some of my favorite pictures from our wedding were the "getting ready" ones. Trust me, you'd want to have some of those taken. As far as the last 1.5 hours of the reception, it's not very exciting to see pictures of people sitting at their table or mingling or dancing... If your photographer can take the major reception ones like bridal party intro, your first dance, father/daughter dance, bouquet/garter toss and the cake cutting...earlier, that should be good enough.
Posted on July 25, 2007 at 8:39 pm
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Yes definitely #2.... That last 1.5 hours is not as important as you getting ready.... Most of the time the last hour is just everyone dancing, people are drunk etc....My photographer said it's pretty much taking the same pics over and over since lots of the guests have left. PLUS at the end of the night if you really must, you can have them stay... BUT you can't bring back the beginning of the day!
Posted on July 26, 2007 at 5:04 am
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I guess #2? Is that enough time for the getting ready shots?
Posted on July 27, 2007 at 5:58 am
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#2. As pp said the end of the reception is just guests dancing. Our photographer left 30 minutes before the reception ended. He still managed to get dancing shots before he left but I'm sure any shots after that would have been about the same.
Posted on July 27, 2007 at 7:31 am
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I vote for #2 it's nice to have some getting ready photos. Your guest will be taking photos too, keep that in mind. Besides reception shots are reception shots, weather the beginning or the end. You could provide your guest with box cameras to ensure photos are taken =)
Posted on July 30, 2007 at 12:26 pm
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I agree on #2. Unless you have a friend you can get who is not in the party to take getting ready pics. But if I had to I would go with #2.
Posted on July 30, 2007 at 1:09 pm
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If you have the photographer come early it also gives you a chance to get some of the formals out of the way before the ceremony, so you can be at more of your reception (assuming they're back to back). I took all the formals that didn't need both of us in them (me and my girls, me and my family, him and his boys, pics of us by ourselves) before the ceremony and it cut down on the time that our guest had to be milling around the hotel w/out the party really starting.
Posted on July 30, 2007 at 1:32 pm

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