Unless you want them to take bus to the other location...
As for the dinner, I'm sure there will be some spare seats, you can allocate them to those, but if you need to use up those seats for guests, they'll understand. Anyway after 3-4 dishes they got no more chance to sit down again :bsmilie:
Usually my wedding clients assign a seat for me in the banquet. But i don't get to eat much too! Probably the first 2 dishes, and off i go shoot shoot shoot.. Some of the relatives/friends on the same table are kind enough to set aside a small portion of every dish in bowls/plates for me to eat later, but i seldom got the chance :bsmilie:
for travelling around in car, if possible, i'd want to be in the main car with the bride and groom.
I prefer to be in one of their friend's car. This way I can get shots of the bridal car while it is travelling along the road and I can get there before they arrive, but the driver MUST know the location :bsmilie:.
As for dinner, I always eat before I go for the shoot. It would be nice if the couple offer me a seat but the most I can eat is usually just the first 2 to 3 dishes and I'll be off shooting the guest so that will be a waste for me to take up a seat.
Not really. I've been a wedding photographer myself and have also worked with many of them. Sitting down just to make small talk with your relatives can be a contrived affair, which the photographers may not necessarily appreciate. It's likely they will be able to sit down for at most 2-3 dishes (if they are hardworking). As a result, most would have the commonsense to eat before they turn up.
From your perspective, it also does not make financial sense as you would be blowing off an expensive seat on someone who 1) will not be giving you ang pow and 2) has probably eaten in the first place. I would recommend u allocate the seat to someone else but tip the photographer more (ang pow).