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Last week I was on the phone with a mother of the bride talking about why brides no longer do photos of entire tables. The funny thing is that I’ve never been to a wedding in my life where this was done, but back in our moms’ day, this was certainly the norm.

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With couples opting for more photo-documentary style photography, how do we remember exactly who was at our wedding say 5, 10 or even 30 years down the line? Originally, these photos existed for that purpose, even long after the last thank you note was written, you could look through your wedding album and see every table grouped en mass in a single photo.


The conversation kind of got me thinking about modern ways to capture everyone at your big day. Here’s a few ideas that will solve this trick!

The large group shot of everyone at the reception. Many photographers I’ve worked with are not huge fans of doing this. It’s extremely difficult to get large groups of people looking good and able to fit into the camera lens. It’s a great idea for smaller groups - having a destination wedding, this might be a great option for you.

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Photobooths are always such a fun way to capture funny moments! Just be sure you have a way to keep a copy for yourself - setup a scanner on-site or ask the photobooth company about digital captures.

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Offer a set of polaroid cameras with instructions for guests to snap themselves as they enter. Provide a blank scrapbook with photo corners for them to insert their photo, name and message to you.

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17 Responses to “Remembering Who Came to Your Wedding 10 Years From Now…”

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Miss Bruschetta (message)  5,565 posts, Bee Keeper

I’d love to get a group shot of our guests — our venue has a wraparound balcony that would make this soooo easy if all the guests stand on the dance floor!

 
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TH

I love the idea of polaroid. I like group shot pictures too but unless you have only 20 people in your wedding, it’s very hard to see who is who.

 
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kayakgirl73
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kayakgirl73 (message)  2,593 posts, Sugar bee

The polaroid idea is neat, if everyone cooporates. My parents had table shots, the photography teacher at my dad’s school did it. This was 1971.

 
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Mrs. Lovebird (message)  977 posts, Busy bee

Great tips! Luckily, I was able to do option 1.

 
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EB

We had our photographer do table shots - and even put the pictures in the shutterfly album we made. I’m so glad we did it. We had a photo booth too, but not everyone took pictures in it, so I’m glad we had both. At 140 guests, it was just too many people to get everyone in a giant group shot and still recognize people.

 
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May Bride

We were going to do the Polaroid route for our wedding (my brother and friend had both done it and it was awesome!). However, Polaroid has stopped making their instant film and cameras, so trying to search for the items were both tiresome and expensive! In the end, we settled on a regular guest book (which we didn’t even use!) In leui of the polaroid, there are instant printers that are so small they can fit in your purse. Have a designated camera person, and as soon as the picture is taken, you can print it out and put it in the guest book. It’s really the modern day polaroid.

 
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Stephanie

I think some of those people are in some old family photos that we have too! :)

 
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Jessie516
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Jessie516 (message)  5,480 posts, Bee Keeper

I love the idea of a photo booth or a large group shot. Our photographer actually captured a shot of almost the entire room at our reception during a toast. The photo has everyone but the head table, raising their glass in a really wide shot. It’s a really cool photo to have, as it shows pretty much everyone who is important to us, toasting to our marriage. :)

 
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mary-alice-me
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mary-alice-me (message)  1,864 posts, Buzzing bee

I also really like the large group shot! My wedding was small enough that we did get shots of everyone, and that was really important to me. Great tips!

 
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SweetLemon
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SweetLemon (message)  64 posts, Worker bee

I think the only way to make sure you get pictures of everyone is to do table shots. You won’t be able to count on your guests to do it for you, and like other bees have said, if you have a large wedding one group shot just won’t do it. But then again, I know I can’t always count on my friends to be at their table… bathroom, other tables, bar if it’s open…

 
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lila

Oddly enough, we actually did have some old school table shots done at our wedding. I really never thought about it, but our photographer went ahead and did it anyway. Even though it’s not as stylish, it’s really kinda nice to look through our photos and see ALL of the smiling faces of those who attended our special day.

 
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Mrs. Peep Toe (message)  1,804 posts, Buzzing bee

To my surprise our photographer did do group table shots- while I wish we were in them- it makes me happy to know that we have a picture of everyone.

Oh, and we did do the BIG group shot- I love it so much. It’s awesome, but then again our group was only 60.

 
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We asked everyone to pose for a photo just after signing the guest book. In our case they were poloroids that we attached to the guest book next to where they signed. But you could print digital photos later and do the same thing. We were not at the reception yet to see how well this went over with our guests, but we have photos of everyone!

And I have attended weddings where they grouped everyone together for a shot and the photographer was bossing everyone around and it took nearly 1/2 an hour.

I think group table shots would be awesome if everyone is seated at the time the photographer gets there.

 
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NixLapi

Oh, I didn’t know the table-photo used to be a trend! We’re actually planning on doing just that as I’m not a fan of the giant group photo.

 
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Angie

I had table shots done at my wedding but they were more candid, not posed. There were also many shots of the guests mingling both inside and outside. I think a good mixture of both is the way to go. We also did disposable cameras and some of our best pictures came from our guests. There were really funny shots taken by them and between all of the cameras, we got a lot of great shots.

 
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Jenny

I’m a Catering Manager at a Hotel in Orlando and I have a lot of photographers who do the table shots, I’m really surprised you’ve never seen it before. Most of my couples walk around to chat with each of their tables and one of the photographers will get a photo with them at each table. Maybe it’s a Florida thing but I’d say 7 out of 10 weddings have the table shots.

 
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HistoryBride
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HistoryBride (message)  409 posts, Helper bee

Huh, I never knew table shots were “old fashioned,” almost every wedding I’ve been to, including our own, had done this.

 

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