One of the biggest frustrations for the bride and groom after the ceremony on the wedding day is losing family members when they should be around for family portraits. Check these 5 tips that ensure your family portraits on your wedding day go quick and smoothly.
I remember, on my wedding day, losing one of my groomsmen. Everyone was calling out for him, but he was still nowhere to be found, so a few family members left to find him, then we lost those family members, and it became a little mess.
By this time, the bride and groom are in the mood to get through the family portraits quickly so they can finish their bride and groom session and finally celebrate at the party. To ensure this does not happen to you, here are a few quick tips so you can make sure this part of the wedding goes smoothly!
1. Have your officiant make a small announcement before the ceremony starts for the family to stick around after the ceremony.
2. Have a family member who knows everyone as a small “event guide” with the group list to call out and gather around the next group. This is very important, as non of the photographers or even the planner do not know your extended family.
3. If you would like more time for traditional immediate family portraits, preparations or getting ready phases are an excellent time to do so (groom with close family and bride with immediate family). This really helps with feeling less stressed over time and ensures the quality of close family portraits.
4. If you don’t want to deal with any of that stress after the ceremony, doing a first-look photo session and all the family portraits before the ceremony is also a great option. This is actually one of the 8 main reasons to do the first look. Check my blog post – First look – yes or no?
5. Keep the number of family groups as simple as possible so you can keep the time for the traditional family portraits on your wedding day between 10-15 minutes. Photos with friends could be done during the evening part.
Shooting big luxury weddings, I even developed a special method that I explain to all my brides and grooms before the big day to ensure the smoothest and fastest process of family portraits on your wedding day.
And as always, if you have any questions or more tips, let us know in the comments below.
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These are good tips! Just like you said it’s quite sad when one of the family members is not in the photo especially on a wedding picture so I agree that before the wedding ceremony ends there should be an announcement for phototaking.
Such useful and practical tips and appreciate you sharing this.
I’m going to send it to my sister. She has her wedding in two weeks!
oh, great tips! I don’t shoot weddings but I do a whole lot of events and it’s pretty close. Your tips are golden, I wish more people read about it and be more mindful of how they will appear on photos of they want them done
Group photos can be a stressful time at a wedding. I had a really great photographer. She knew beforehand who was who and did well to get everyone organised.