Every Reception Picture Your Photographer Needs to Take

Wedding Photography
Wedding Reception Photos You Have To Take

Photo: Lilian Haidar

No matter what type of wedding you choose to throw, your reception will likely contain a few key classic moments, from the cake cutting to the first dance. When meeting with your photographer, you'll want to explain every reception event you'd like captured. While it may seem obvious, it's important to point out every single shot you'd like photographed before your dream day so it's not missing post-nuptials. Here, the photos you don't want to skip.

Not every reception shot you should outline for your photographer are necessarily traditional customs. For example, you'll definitely want the memento of you and your husband-to-be arriving at the reception (and leaving the reception) and guests walking through the receiving line.

You'll also want to emphasize the importance of atmospheric snaps — think close-ups of the cake, table decor, and any other special decorations like the escort cards or photobooth.

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Of course though, the bread and butter of your wedding photos will be those classic wedding moments we've all come to know and love. You'll need to capture all the toasts: from the best man toasting the groom, to the maid of honor to the groom toasting his bride. You'll also want all of your dances memorialized and activities like the garter and bouquet toss hilariously photographed. Last but not least, the cake cutting is a crucial wedding photo you'll want to have for years to come — especially that moment when you feel each other a piece and then smear a slice on your groom's cheek.

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