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Why Feeding the Photographer First Is Better for Bride and Groom

January 11, 2013 | By | No Comments

Las Vegas Wedding Photographers Steven Joseph Photo - Feeding the Photographer FirstAt weddings there is a long tradition of feeding the vendors last. There are probably lots of good reasons for this wedding protocol and tradition, but I want to make the case for why it’s best for the bride & groom if the photographer is fed at the very beginning of dinner service, immediately after the b&g themselves begin to eat.

1. How many photos do you want of yourself & your guests chewing your food?

If the photographer is shooting throughout dinner service, there’s not much to shoot other than people eating. How many photos do you want of yourself & your guests chewing your food? Not a great look!

2. You want your photographer focused on what you are doing (except for when you’re chewing food) when you’re doing it.

This is the most important reason to feed the photographer early. As soon as dinner service is over, everything picks up very quickly. It’s better for you – the bride & groom – if your photographer is locked & loaded, ready to capture the flurry of activity that follows dinner service. It’s not so good for you if the photographer has just begun eating as your wedding moves back into high gear.

Instead of inhaling a cold plate as fast as humanly possible after you & all your guests are finished eating, your photographer should be fed, locked loaded & ready to photograph you:

  • walking table-to-table visiting with friends & family
  • listening to the beginning of toasts
  • feeling radiant in the first moments of your first dance

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