MUST I have family portraits taken on our wedding day?

posted 2 years ago in Family
Post # 2
1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You don’t HAVE to do anything, of course. If past history wasn’t a concern then I would suggest doing family photos before the wedding (that’s what we did) Parents, bridal party, and siblings were all the formals we did for a few hours before the wedding. Then AT the wedding during our cocktail hour we got some quick formal shots with aunts, uncles, and grandparents. All friends or extended family were candid shots during the reception. No regrets working it that way!

Post # 3
28 posts

I think extended family in the portraits is a bit much. Photographers are VERY expensive and each minute with them is worth a lot.  Coordinating many peope for a shot takes a lot of time. I think weddings should be primarily about the bridal party and immediate family.  It is a wedding, not a family reunion. That being said, it is your wedding and your decision. I hope you choose what makes you happy 🙂

Post # 4
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would schedule formal family pictures. they don’t need to be extensive or time consuming, but I wouldn’t rely on candids – you’re not likely to get everyone in the same shot in a candid. 

What we did was do our first look and some couples shots (~20 minutes). Then we did immediate family shots (~20 minutes). Then we loaded the bridal party into cars and went to a park for bridal party pictures (~30 minutes) and some chill time before the ceremony (~30 minutes). Then we did large group pictures during cocktail hour (extended family, college friends, fraternity brother, church crowd). So people could mingle and hang out during cocktail hour and we had someone from each group that rounded everyone up for a quick picture.  We still got to visit with everyone and have a fun cocktail hour and we got all the pictures that we wanted.

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