Wedding days are known to be the beautiful beginning of the marriage that you have always dreamed of! Planning your Wedding is a fun (yet stressful) part of that process! When working with your photographer, expect them to ask you for the Family Formal Shot-list for your Wedding Day. It is important to remember to include all the important people in your life during this important time…yet, stay within the time constraints of a fast-paced Wedding Day! Easily Print this Shotlist by visiting my Free Resource Library!!
Here are the standard shots that we typically include:
Wedding Family Formal Shot-list
- Bride & Groom with Bride’s Parents
- Bride & Groom with Brides Parents, Siblings and Children
- Bride & Groom with Bride’s Grandparents
- Bride & Groom with Bride’s Extended Family
- Bride & Groom with Groom’s Parents
- Bride & Groom with Groom’s Parents, Siblings, and Children
- Bride & Groom with Groom’s Grandparents
- Bride & Groom with Groom’s Extended Family
Additional Shot Options
- Divorced Parents of the Bride or Groom add additional family groupings
- Extended Family Shots may need to be split to Bride & Groom’s Mom/Dad’s side of the family separately
- Generational Pictures
- Photo with the Officiant
Things to Consider
- Each Grouping takes approximately 3 minutes to assemble and shoot…working with large groups of people takes time
- Let the family members who are included know where the photos are going to be taken and what time they should be there…waiting for a person to arrive for a photo can throw off the schedule quickly!
- This is not the most creative time of the day, for many photographers, they are all business while they document these important people in your lives. Realize that unless you are building in a LARGE chunk of time, these shots will be fairly straight-forward and, well, formal.
- Adding furniture when available can make these photos much more interesting. This would include a wingback chair or even a Victorian couch. These items can give some variety to the images and also allow the older generation a comfy spot to rest while having their photos made.
Here are a few examples of past formal groupings and ideas on locations that you may want to consider…
I hope that these tips have helped as you prepare your Family Formals Checklist for your Wedding Day!!