Post # 1
I’m just wondering if/how many of you ladies are including all of your imediate family in your formals? Unfortunately, we only have our photographer for a short time and I have a very large immediate family (8 brothers & sisters total, at least 6 or 7 of my siblings will be there plus 3 SIL and 2 nephews!) It just seems like a lot of people to have photographed in an hour (we’re taking our pics in a park nearby & I’m worried about all of those people getting there b/c we aren’t able to a limo or party bus for everyone). Fiance has only 2 siblings who are both in our wedding party (3 of my siblings are in our party & my 2 nephews are ushers) so all of his immediate family will be in our formal pics. I’m not sure if I should try to get everyone to the park for pics or just grab them when we get to the reception (our photographer will be there for the first 2 hrs of the reception). So any advice, what are you doing for your wedding?
Post # 3
I would get them all at the end of the ceremony/beginning of the reception. Since they aren’t in the wedding, they shouldn’t have to go on location with the people who are in the bridal party.
Post # 4
We did; but, here’s the thing, I only have one sister and he has one sister – and they were both in the bridal party. Family pics took very little time though, so either way, I’d make the few minutes possible to get some nice pics with your whole fam.
Post # 5
What about telling them they all need to be at the park at a specific time (maybe half an hour before you actually want them there?) for formal family pictures. Put someone in charge of organizing the shots that you want (maybe a friend, or bridesmaid) and make a list. Ie, Photo #1: Bride with all sisters (Sally, Jane, etc), Photo #2 Bride & Groom with all siblings (list all people in photo). Have the person in charge gather the people who are in the next photo and organize them while you are taking the photo prior. This should make things go smoothly and quickly. You could also pass out your “Photo Schedule” to your family beforehand so that they know how many pictures they need to organize themselves for.
Post # 6
Yep, but we only have one sibling between the two of us! (Well, J has a half sister, but we don’t have high expectations for her to come, even though we hope she will!)
I read advice once about portraits that said you should assign one friend to be like a drill sergeant, and things would go a lot faster. Basically you make a list of who needs to be in each picture ahead of time, and then your friend (let’s call her Amy) gets everyone lined up and ready to move in as soon as the photog is ready. While you’re taking pictures with your inlaws, Amy is running around yelling to all your brothers and sisters to get ready because they’re next, and scaring them straight into waiting so they can slide in as soon as the photog dismisses your inlaws. Then while you’re with your siblings, Amy is corralling your maids and men and making sure they all know who they’re supposed to stand next to, etc.
It’s not an easy job, but I’ve heard it can make the portrait part of pictures go a lot smoother.