It’s a common scenario for couples to have difficulty staying on track with family photos and understanding why it matters on your wedding day. Staying on track with family photos is one of the key components to a successful wedding day, so it’s super important to plan this part of the day so it proceeds smoothly. If not, you run the risk of throwing off your entire timeline and losing a huge chunk of your day…time you could be celebrating with your guests.
As a rule of thumb, I suggest allowing five minutes for grouping to allow adequate time to shuffle people around and fine-tune their positions. Do the simple math and you will see the time quickly adds up. Family photos involve lots of people and therefore lots of moving parts so it’s critical to organize this part of the day beforehand. If uncle Bob wonders off to use the restroom or glove a glass of champagne, every minute he is gone cost to precious time away from your celebration (and your couple’s portraits if you don’t do a first look).
Manage your people by preparing them before hand, so you will have a successful outcome and enjoy your day. Make a list of all the groups you would like to photograph, and tell everyone ahead of time to stay in the area directly after the ceremony so they will be ready to go when it is their turn.
We also advise choosing a “photo wrangler”- someone who knows all of the people involved (usually the MOH, sister-in-law, or bridesmaid) so they can help gather people as needed. This helps things move much more smoothly.
So there you have it. Don’t let family photos become a runaway train. A little bit of thought and preparation will ensure that your family photos are taken quickly and efficiently, and you’ll be off to enjoy your party!
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