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Aug 13, 2007 10:11 |  #1

I did a search for this and came up with nothing, so I apologize if this has been covered already.

My question: when do you feel comfortable enough to pack up your gear and leave the reception?

On one hand, at the very end of the reception where it is usually just the party and a few family members anyway, there is not much more to capture. On the other hand, should the photographer be there until the very end in case something happens so they can capture it? Once the garter/bouquet throw and all the important dances are done, how much longer do you stay?


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Aug 13, 2007 10:13 |  #2

I prefer to leve after the first dance (assuming the bouquet and garter have been dealt with). After that everyone is quite sauced and the point and shoots come out.


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Aug 13, 2007 10:15 |  #3

When my watch tells me too! I have time limits on my services


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Aug 13, 2007 10:31 |  #4

I usually leave between 11 and midnight.


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Aug 13, 2007 11:05 |  #5

As I don't shoot many weddings and they are on Saturdays, I stay till end. There are always some really great shots possible.

Attached an image, I would call it the last dance, was 2:30 am, they had switched lights of and all light was from candles the guests held for the couple. Was quite dark. 5D, 50 / 1.4 , f1.8, 1/30 sec handheld


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Aug 13, 2007 11:14 |  #6

Most of the weddings I've done thus far, I've know the B&G or someone at the wedding, so I've usually stayed right till the end. Only one wedding where I assisted a friend did I leave once the reception started as it was extremely small, and he stayed for the cake cutting/first dance.


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Aug 13, 2007 11:16 |  #7

When the Bride and Groom leave.


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Aug 13, 2007 11:36 as a reply to  @ danpass's post |  #8

We used to stay till the B&G leave, but by them, most are so drunk they can't even walk right, and to get the leaving shot, is almost silly.

now we tell them up front, we stay for a while, get dancing shots, all the important things, and we fake a leaving...for the safety of the Bride and groom we tell them...and most are very happy with that...

So, we leave around 9 or 10.


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Aug 13, 2007 11:44 as a reply to  @ LeesaB's post |  #9

My packages are done by the hour e.g. 4 hours photography, 8 hours, 12 hours.

B&G decide when they want me to arrive and leave. I'd make it clear in your meeting beforehand when you are going to arrive and leave, otherwise you could be in for tricky client relationships


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Aug 13, 2007 11:47 |  #10

Generally when the B&G leave....


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Aug 13, 2007 11:50 |  #11
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Jon Rouston wrote in post #3719516 (external link)
My packages are done by the hour e.g. 4 hours photography, 8 hours, 12 hours.

B&G decide when they want me to arrive and leave. I'd make it clear in your meeting beforehand when you are going to arrive and leave, otherwise you could be in for tricky client relationships

And as long as you do this with time limits which is the way I think I want to go - then the bride knows she needs to get the important things scheduled in by a specific time.

The last wedding I attended.. they didn't toss the garter or boquet until 5 hours into the reception! Oy! But, the photographer was there until the end. I'd make it a point to let them know if they purchased say a 4 hour package that they should set those important events up early into the reception.


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Aug 13, 2007 11:51 as a reply to  @ Jon Rouston's post |  #12

I have time limits too, usually 5 hours. My clients know this when they book me, so no missing anything they want. Usually once the B&G make their entrance to the reception they do their special dances, then cake cutting, then bouquet & garter toss after that, I'm outta there!:)

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Aug 13, 2007 11:57 |  #13

italianfemmy wrote in post #3719555 (external link)
And as long as you do this with time limits which is the way I think I want to go - then the bride knows she needs to get the important things scheduled in by a specific time.

The last wedding I attended.. they didn't toss the garter or boquet until 5 hours into the reception! Oy! But, the photographer was there until the end. I'd make it a point to let them know if they purchased say a 4 hour package that they should set those important events up early into the reception.

This is exactly why mine are set hours. In the past, I've been stuck there for needless hours waiting for the toss.

I always make sure that the DJ is on the same schedule as far as times that key features are to take place because they can be a big help in keeping things moving. They can also drag things on to suit them if you don't communicate with them.

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Aug 13, 2007 12:09 as a reply to  @ Kathy H's post |  #14

I don't set a time limit on my all day packages but I usually explain to the bride and groom that I leave about 30-45 minutes after bouqet and garter (given these are the last things that you really need photos of) I check in with them before leaving to make sure I haven't missed anything.

I always find both bride and groom, congratulate them, give hugs and handshakes and remind them that the proofs will be online in about 2 weeks.

So far no one has had issues with this.


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Aug 13, 2007 16:10 |  #15

My service includes unlimited coverage so I leave when the couple leaves or if that is earlier I'll stay a bit longer then leave. Always graciously say "goodnight" to the parents after asking them if they want me to stick around longer.

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