WEDDING DAY FAMILY PHOTOS

Family photos are a necessary, important part of the wedding day.  It is best to keep family photo as efficient as possible so that they can enjoy the festivities.

Some of our past clients that created a giant list of extended family photos always end up wanting to dismiss and terminate the list early on the day of the wedding.  We recommend keeping the family list compact and light.

Our approach to family photos is using an add and subtract method to minimize movement of our Bride and family members.

In general, we do not need a list.  If you like to make one – please use the guide below.  Please use role labels (MoB, Brother, Grandpa, Uncle) – DO NOT SEND US FIRST NAMES ONLY.  We don’t know who “Fred” is – but it is easier to find “Father of the Groom, Fred” and “Bride’s Sister Sally”.

Important: Everyone must be PRESENT during the entire duration of these photos. If one person is missing, it derails the entire session. Please instruct your family to promptly show up at the family photo site - no bar, no bathroom, and avoid all eager guests.

KEY:
B = Bride
G = Groom
MoB = Mother of the Bride
FoB = Father of the Bride
MoG = Mother of the Groom
MoB = Father of the Groom

TIME:
Depends on the size of your family, but typically we need 45 minutes to an hour for family and wedding party photos.  This is based on a traditional nuclear family with 10 people in the Bridal Party.

Estimate time by multiplying each photo line with 2 minutes.  Some setups are very simple, which makes up time for the larger groups.  Allow 10-15 minutes of buffer – usually needed to look for missing people.

List below: 29 setups * 2 minutes = 58 minutes.

  1. BG + Bride’s Grandparents
  2. BG + Groom’s Grandparents
  3. ——————————
  4. B + MoB
  5. B + MoB + FoB
  6. BG + MoB + FoB
  7. BG + MoB + FoB + Siblings
  8. BG + MoB + FoB + Siblings + Spouse + Kids
  9. BG + MoB + FoB + MoG + FoG
  10. BG + MoG + FoG
  11. BG + Sibling Families
  12. B + Siblings
  13. B + FoB
  14. ——————————
  15. G + MoG
  16. G + MoG + FoG
  17. GB + MoG + FoG + Siblings
  18. GB + MoG + FoG + Siblings + Kids
  19. GB + Sibling Families
  20. G + Siblings
  21. G + FoG
  22. ——————————
  23. BG + Extended Family 1 (i.e. MoB side)
  24. BG + Extended Family 2 (i.e. FoB side)
  25. BG + Extended Family 3 (i.e. MoG side)
  26. BG + Extended Family 4 (i.e. FoG side)
  27. ——————————
  28. B + Bridesmaid each
  29. B + Bridesmaids
  30. BG + Bridesmaids + Groomsmen
  31. BG + Groomsmen + Bridesmaids 🙂
  32. G + Groomsmen
  33. G + Groomsmen each