Reception - Peter Tögel, Top Destination & High-End Atlanta Wedding Photographers
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Amazing!
– Erica
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Incredible!
– Hillary
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I have no idea how they did it!
– Amanda
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Peter and Karen Tögel are excellent at
coming up with creative photos that encompass
the essence of the moment and go that extra mile
to get those special shots.
– Jennifer G.
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We enjoyed working with you!
So impressed with your attention to detail !
– Brett & Kimberly
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From start to finish, our experience with Peter Togel
Photography was one of the best parts of our wedding.
– Stephanie

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RECEPTION

Receptions can be a blast! However, it's important to make sure that you have your event well thought out. This is usually the job of your coordinator and your DJ/band.

Your caterer may also play a big role in the design and set up of your event. Every aspect of your reception affects the overall outline of the evening. For example, if you're not having a plated meal, your reception will need to be set up in a way that allows movement.

Guests will need to be able to find the food stations easily, and there will be a mixture of dinner tables and, perhaps, high top cocktail tables. This will encourage guests to mix and mingle. If you are having a plated dinner, you will need name cards, full place settings, and space for all of your guests to be seated comfortably. Whatever the style of your event, make sure that you plan out all of the events of the evening. Your coordinator and DJ can help you set up the evening so that guests won't leave early or experience long periods of waiting for the next thing to happen.

Much like the ceremony, you have the freedom to make the reception your own! It is your party so it should be exactly how you want it to be!

Here is a list of some key events that often happen at receptions:

  • First dance
  • Toasts
  • Parent dances
  • Bouquet and garter toss
  • Photo Booth
  • Traditional religious dances
  • Large group portraits with friends
  • Cake cutting
  • The Exit

RECEPTION TIPS

The fun has begun! Its time to relax, dance, and celebrates! Your reception should be a blast! The last thing you need to be worrying about is your timeline. Your coordinator and DJ should be making sure that everything stays on schedule so you can enjoy your night. Here are some helpful tips that will help your reception flow smoothly.

• Take your guests into consideration when planning your timeline. If you have a lot of elderly guests that will not be staying until the very end, make sure to schedule the cake cutting at a relatively early time so that they can be a part of it. Grandmas love seeing this sweet tradition!

• Keep it moving! Chat with your coordinator about how you can plan your reception in a way that will keep guests engaged and moving all night!

• Make it your own! If you want to have a special dance with your parents or grandparents, do it! Make your reception a reflection of who you are and don't feel tied to traditions.

• Don't get too caught up in the formalities and the details. Sure, details are pretty and fun to photograph, but they can steal the joy of the day if you get too caught up in them. Plan your centerpieces, welcome table, etc., well before your wedding date and teach your coordinator of a family friend how to set them up so that you aren't thinking about those things on the wedding day!

• If you haven't purchased enough photography and cinematography time for your coverage to last until your exit, that's okay! We have an option for you (read below), we recommend planning your timeline so that you can have at least one hour of dancing photographed. The guests that dance during the first hour will still be dancing in the third hour! One hour of dancing will be enough to capture the joy of your reception!

• If your coverage ends before your exit, you have the option of planning a faux exit with your bridal party! This is more common than you may think. Instead of saving your exit until the very end, you can plan a faux exit with just the members of your bridal party and a few family members instead! This allows us to have more control over these photos, and the party never has to stop! In most cases, no-one even notices that the bride and groom are missing for a few minutes! Also, it is almost impossible to tell that the whole wedding party isn't there waving sparklers and sending off the happy couple! Make sure to check what items your venue allows.

 

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