How to get the best photos of Your Wedding, Part 5
Part 5: 5 tips for Reception
Welcome to the last part about how to get the best photos of Your Wedding. If You haven't read yet previous articles, You can find their links at the bottom of this page.
After debating Bride and Groom's getting ready, the Ceremony and couple portraits, time is come for the Reception and the Party!
Photography needs light, good photography needs good light, for every kind of reception You'll plan: at lunch or dinner, outside or in a hall. My style is photojournalism, so I try to not use light modifiers like speedlights. But, even if You'll hire a photographer with a different style, I'm sure He will thank You if He will have a good lighting of the place of the reception.
When I talk about "good lighting", I don't mean stadium lights pointed to tables. You could have dinner lit just by candlelight — with a lot of candles — or by rows of vintage light bulbs: in these cases You'll have intimate and romantic photos, with strong contrast between light and shadow.
If You're tinking about a peculiar lighting, talk with Your photographer: He will give the best advices for any contex, in order to get both the atmosphere You're looking for and the best lighting for his work.
Talk to him also about anything will happen during the lunch or dinner: speeches, games, breaks, flash mobs. He should work indeed in the best possible environment to give You the best result!
Now I tell You something that could be a banality: You can have the best lighting, but if You have an ugly hall or environment, it remains ugly. So, if You cannot be in person during a real Wedding, demand to see pictures of that hall or environment in such state: it's the only way You have to judge the words of the venue manager.
2. The cutting
of the cake
An highlight of the reception is the cutting of the cake by Bride and Groom. If I'm being honest, I don't consider it an artistic moment, especially if You restrict yourself to:
- reach the cake — usually on a table with no special decorations —
- cut the cake in front of your guests
- uncork a bottle and make a toast
But You can also make a grand entrance in a hallway made of people holding sparkling candles, fairy lights or colored paper ribbons.
Anyway when You'll reach the Wedding cake, usually a tall one, try not to hide behind it, but cut it slightly sideways, in order to be visible by both photographer and guests.
But if You're thinking to shower your guests by champagne, please warn in advance your photographer: a wet and sticky (hopefully still working) gear can take him away his good mood for the rest of the evening!
I advice You against getting pictures of your guests during lunch or dinner: people is eating, dishes are full or dirty of food, tables are messy. It's better to take pictures to guests just before food is served or when they surely will go around chatting. More fascinating moments will surely be after lunch or dinner, during moving and funny stages.
But if during the dinner will be important moments, You can be sure that Your photographer will be able to give You amazing memories of them!
You should plan many activities after lunch or dinner, but You and your guests should be driven by fun, so don't be worried if You'll miss some of them. In addition to classical ones, like your first dance, the bouquet throwing, You can plan: karaoke, photobooth, tasting rum, whisky and cigars, fireworks, games for couples or everybody, a treasure hunt, but there could be also surprises from guests that You don't know!
In this moments You'll completely forget that You hired a photographer: all your attention will be turned to celebrations. And when You'll see the pictures, You'll find out a lot of details that You missed: You'll be amazed and amused over and over again looking Yourselves and your friends or relatives in high point of your party!
I have to write about the bouquet throwing in this dedicated section of the article: consigning the bouquet to a dear bride-to-be it's important for many Brides.
Sometimes is so important that the Bride quits the throwing and delivers it by hand. In such case make sure to notify your photographer about it, before delivering the bouquet: maybe he could be busy (changing a battery, a memory card, a lens) and, if he doesn't know it, the moment is gone.
If You prefer a traditional bouquet throwing, here are my tips:
- Plan the throwing just after cutting the cake or when your guests will finish eating it and desserts: You'll be sure that all your guests will be still there: elderly people will start to going home shortly
- Before throw actually the bouquet, have a couple of fake throws: your friends will move, so your photographer can have a hint to take the best shot for the real throwing!
- Think different! Tie some colored ribbons to your bouquet and give their ends to the brides-to-be; slowly, dancing and turning to the rhythm of music, holding your bouquet high over your head, cut one ribbon at a time: last ribbon will be the one of the person to whom the bouquet will be delivered. To make the show more fun, let the Bride be blindfolded!
Instead if You'd like to throw Your bouquet, but You don't want to lose it, there's a solution: let your flower designer make a second bouquet just for yor throwing! And if You want to surprise your brides-to-be, have a bouquet made of smaller bunches: when You'll throw it, bunches will split and You'll make more people happy!
But remember, dry out Your bouquet upside down: it will last for years as your memories of that unforgettable day.
5. Dance floor
After the dinner, the cake, the desserts, the first dance, the bouquet throwing and other moving and funny activities, You can't miss music and dances! If You'll have live music or a DJ, if You'll choose rock'n'roll, hard rock, latin-american, country or retro revival, it is imperative for You to have fun: go wild!
But, in order to get the best photos of Your Wedding during your dances, is essential to have a powerful lighting system, even better with some effects as lasers or a smoke or fog machine: You'll have an amazing atmosphere and your photos will reflect it, being very different from environment without any special lighting.
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