More often than not couples want to capture some formal group shots of family and friends. Even with the best ushering in the world it can take up to 5 minutes for each photo combination. Here are my top tips to achieving stress-free wedding group photos – so that you can get back to enjoying your day!
1. Be prepared
When it comes to group photos, having a clear plan is crucial. About 6 weeks before your day, I’ll ask you to complete a pre-wedding questionnaire. Included is a section asking you to list your desired group photos and everyone in them. This list becomes my bible on the day.
2. Start big, end with VIPs
It’s easier and quicker to start with the big groups. For example, you may choose to do extended family first, and leave your immediate family until last. Your nearest and dearest are usually happy to wait whereas others may disappear off to the bar if not called upon straight away – meaning everyone gets a bit fed up while someone goes off to search for them!
3. Sooner rather than later
Do the group portraits straight after the ceremony, before everyone has time to disperse! It ticks that box and you can get on with enjoying your day.
4. Set a limit
I recommend no more than 10 groups maximum – this is usually more than enough! Trust me, by the time we get to group 7 you’ll be oh so ready to escape and enjoy a glass of bubbly!
5. Assign some helpers
I won’t know your guests, so I ask you to nominate people to help me. This tends to be a bridesmaid and groomsman but it really doesn’t matter who – they just need to know all of your guests and not be shy in calling people forward. I can’t tell you how much more smoothly group shots go when we’ve got the right helpers!
6. Tell people
If you want someone to be in a group photo, let them know beforehand so that they’re ready and willing!
You’re now all set and ready to capture stress-free wedding group photos at your big day!
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