Over the past couple of wedding seasons, I have seen an increase in couples valuing the weekend experience and having all of it documented, rather than just the wedding day. That type of coverage normally includes festivities the day before and/or after the wedding. Most commonly, there is a welcome dinner for your immediate inner circle of family and friends who are celebrating with you for the weekend.
Should you have this photographed? I highly recommend it & here’s why:
- It’s an intimate gathering with your closest friends and family! How often does that happen?!
- Another opportunity to have a few couple photos of the two of you in your rehearsal dinner attire (we love a good fashion moment!)
- More candids and group photos of the people you love most. Sometimes they are in such high demand on the wedding day that it’s harder to get these casual group photos with everyone included.
- Toasts and speeches that are usually less formal and even more emotional.
- You can have the drinks, food and design that went into making the dinner experience captured too!
Also, from a photographer’s perspective, I love photographing welcome dinners because I get to know the family even better. I’m able to build rapport and trust with the folks that matter most to you. This translates into more vulnerable and intimate moments on wedding day which will 1000% pay off in the end!