When most people think about wedding photos, they think about professional photography that includes the bride and groom, wedding party, and the family of the new couple. However, some of the most fun and exciting photos of any wedding day come from the Massachusetts wedding reception. While it is very important to choose the best Boston area banquet hall for your celebration, you should also make time to find the best solution for your wedding reception activities and photography. Speak with the venue after choosing a reception hall. They may have suggestions that you can use to improve your photography game and capture some really special moments.
The Disposable Camera
While this is a tried and true method of getting candid photos at a wedding, it is a bit stale. People have been putting out disposable cameras at weddings for years and have received mixed results. You hope that you’ll get pictures taken from the point-of-view of your guests, featuring images of wedding reception activities like cutting the cake, tossing the bouquets, and the best man’s toast. What you get are blurry images that you can’t quite make out, pictures of feet, and unfortunately, photos that kids take when their parents aren’t paying attention. While these can be humorous, they don’t fit the “best photos” goal that most couples are going for when they invest hundreds of dollars in disposable cameras and film development.
The Photo Booth
A lot of Boston area banquet halls provide a photo booth as part of their services. Ask the on-site event coordinator when you start planning your Massachusetts wedding reception if this is an option. If not, they might be able to recommend a trusted vendor to you to include as part of your wedding reception activities. Photo booths can be a lot of fun and are a great treat for your guests. Photo strips stamped with the date and wedding information make a unique favor that guests can take home to remember the occasion. Work with the photo booth provider to choose backgrounds, styles, props, and options that will reflect the theme of your wedding for best results.
Photo Sharing Options
These days everyone has a camera built into their phone, and they are rarely without it. Instead of spending money on disposable cameras or photo booths, consider adding a #weddinghashtag to your event. You can make up your own hashtag and try to get it trending on your big day. Ideas for hashtags can include #bradandjulieswedding or something that reflects your theme #gothamwedding2018 – whatever you think your guests will remember and use to post all the candid photos they take throughout the day. Put the hashtag on signs throughout the venue, on the guest tables, near the guest book, by the wedding cake, and on the favors. The more you can get your hashtag out there, the better.
Hire a Photographer
The most foolproof way to ensure that you get great pictures of all those special moments during your Massachusetts wedding reception is to hire a professional photographer. Consider hiring two photographers: one to capture your ceremony, couple pictures, and wedding party photos; and another “fun” photographer who will get into the mix at your wedding reception and get the photos you want to see the most. Each photographer has his or her own style. Choose a photographer based on the type of photos you want to get and you won’t be disappointed. Make sure to look at portfolios and get references, so you know you’ll be getting quality results. Get it all in writing and read the contract from front to back to avoid any misunderstandings.
Need a Boston Area Banquet Hall?
If you are searching for a venue to host your Massachusetts wedding reception, consider The Crystal Room located in Milford, MA. Conveniently located, just a minute off the I-495, we can be easily accessed by guests coming from all over the New England area. Free on-site parking and tons of amenities can help you to plan the perfect day of your dreams. Give us a call at 508-478-7800 to speak with our professional event staff about your plans. When choosing a reception hall, make sure to give yourself time to select the best venue for your needs and get the date that you desire. Call today to take a tour of our venue so you can see if our facility will work for all of your wedding reception activities and plans.