By Lauren, Eichar Photography
Did you know that family photos can take up to 45 minutes on your wedding day? I'd love to help you shave off all of the time you can so that you can get back to your party! :)
1. Make a list!
I highly recommend writing up a list of family photos you want. This way, on your wedding day you're not spending your time thinking about that. From my experience I've noticed that parents are the ones most excited about family photos, so think about setting up a dinner date with the rents to write down their wishes, too. Don't forget to print out the list and send it over to your photographers before the big day.
2. Start big and then go small.
When making your list, start off with all of the big groupings first and then have the list end with the smallest groupings. For example, start with the family photo of all cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, parents, and siblings, and then dismiss people so that you're next focusing on immediate family. This way, people are able to go start enjoying themselves, and you'll get through your photos more efficiently.
3. Assign a family member or friend to help call out names.
This is my best piece of advice for getting through family photos quickly. As photographers, we don't know names of your family yet, and we're busy lining people up, making sure everyone is seen, and making sure all eyes are open in the shots we're taking. I suggest thinking of someone who is both loud and knows lots of family names. This will help you save so much time! Plus, your photographers will have a new best friend at the wedding. :)
4. Stay put.
Your only job during family photos as the bride or groom is to stay in the middle of each photo and let everyone fill in beside you. Oh, and smile. :)
5. Let family know the time and location for family photos.
Most couples get their family photos done following right after their ceremony, although some couples like to get all staged photos done before going into their ceremony if they've chosen to also have a "first look". Do what ever works best for your schedule, just don't forget to let all of your family know the plan. You can also save some time by telling family to meet 10 minutes earlier than you plan on starting.
Hope these tips help you save some time for partying!