We have photographed so many weddings and no matter how informal or relaxed a wedding may be, Bride and Grooms always want some sort of group photos. There is nothing wrong in wanting a few organised group photos and after all everyone you love will be celebrating your day with you and how often do all the people you love come together in one place. Below is some advice on how to organise the group shots so the day flows smoothly.
Limit the number of group shots
Talk to each other and your photographer about the group photos you would like to be taken, we always suggest 6-8 different combinations of group photos.
Every family is different so let us know who is in each shot, it's easier to know peoples names rather then shouting for "the brides brother" If you have siblings you will need to think about their partners, are they going to be in the group photos? If you want a friends shot, is this all the friends at the wedding or just your school/work/best friends?
Plan the order of photos to be taken. We organise the photos to start with immediate family then bridal party.
We always ask for at least 30 minutes for group shots based on 6-8 group photos. If you have a longer list then more time will be needed, but don't forget when scheduling the day to leave time for couple photos - i mean you need photos of just the two of you too!
A helping hand
The last thing we want is you and your guests getting bored during the photos and this mostly happens because someones gone to the loo or are at the bar, so its handy to have someone on hand to round people up. The best person for this job is usually a family member such as a sibling or an usher or bridesmaid. Photos will be more efficient if people are ready and waiting to be photographed.
Follow the plan
Confirm the list before the big day so we are all set and ready to go. We appreciate other relatives and friends may have photos requests too but lets stick to your list and any other requests can be taken later after the official photos.
Don't be afraid of the word pose! Group photos don't have to be a photo of everybody jumping in the air or lined up in row....if that's what you want then that's great but you can stand, sit, kneel, use chairs and different props. We're not going to make you pose in a way which makes you feel uncomfortable.
I hope this has helped towards planning your wedding day photos.