For reception/party coverage, I have a little suggestion that most of my couples LOVE. Have you photographer stay until an hour before the end of the night, rather than all night. It saves you a smidge of money and saves your photographer from taking endless amounts of similar dance-floor photos.
You, by no means, have to take this advice. Especially if you and your crew are known, party-all-nighters and you want that captured!
Conversely, work with your DJ and caterer to set up a reception timeline to ensure you don't dismiss your photographer too early (like before dancing even gets under-way)! I'll added to the example timeline so you can see just what I mean!
11:00am Photographer Arrives
12:30pm Finish Getting Dressed
12:45-1pm Travel to Photo Location
1:15pm First Look
1:20pm Couple Photos
2pm Wedding Party Photos
2:30pm Leave Photo Location
2:45pm Arrive at Church
4-4:15pm Family Photos
4:15-4:30pm Travel to Venue
4:30-5:30pm Attend Cocktail Hour
5:30pm Reception Starts
7pm Parent Dances
Dance Floor Opens Up
8pm Cake Cutting
8:30pm Dancing Gets Underway
9:15pm Night Photos with your Photographer
9:30pm Photographer Leaves
How did you do? Are you losing it right now? I sincerely apologize if you are. This is something I do on a daily basis so it is second nature to me.
If you're interested in doing me the honor of letting me rock your wedding day photos then grab your pen and paper, throw it out the window and drop me a line!