(Closed) Help! When to get photos with family done for evening ceremony?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
1306 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Can you skip the receiving line, do photos during cocktail hour, and then just be sure to greet all of your guests during dinner?

Post # 6
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

depending on how many photos you want, I wouldn’t think family photos should take more than 5-10 min. You could tell family ahead of time- immediately after the ceremony, we’re taking photos- be at this location

Post # 8
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Skip the receiving line.  They always take twice the amount of time people list, and for 100 guests you will likely be able to talk to everyone if you do the rounds of table visits during dinner.  Definitely enlist the aid of your photographer in planning this out, they can give you a better idea of how long the family photos will take.  Generally it takes us about 2-3 minutes per combination/pose to shoot family formals, and that is IF everyone is exactly where they need to be as we work the list.  We do 3 shots for each pose to make sure people aren’t blinking, and work off of a list for this part.  One of us calls names, the other takes the shots. It seems like this is the least favorite and most stressful part of the wedding for everyone, so we try and jam through it as quick as we can!

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