Post # 1
I was talking with my Maid/Matron of Honor the other day and explaining to her how we only have our ceremony venue from 4pm-5:30pm. We decided to have the ceremony start at 4:30 to give guests time to get there, visit and find their seats. Our officiant said that the ceremony should last 40 minutes at the latest. So putting us around 5:10.
Now my dilemma is, is that I would only have 20 minutes for pictures of me with my groom and with parents and the whole family. My MOH(also my FSIL) said to me that she wishes that she had not done family pictures because she can’t hang them on the wall anymore since three individuals got divorced and their significant other at the time is in the photo as well.
So my question is, are you doing family photos? And I don’t mean immediate family, but family as in Aunts, Uncles, cousins, grandparents.
Post # 3
@chelles07: We will not being doing family photos for the exact same reason. Now, that’s not to say that we won’t have pictures of our family, it will just be “action” photos.
Post # 3
we just did immediate families and their SO.
I SHOULD have gotten a group photo of all my extended family who came but the day of it just slipped my mind. Still regret that.
Post # 4
We did a big picture with all my mom’s family, but not at the ceremony venue–it was just sort of spur of the moment in the reception.
If you want more time for pictures have your officiant cut the ceremony down. 40 minutes is a long ceremony.
Post # 5
@chelles07: somewhat similar situation to yours- we are doing all photos before the ceremony except family photos. ceremony is at 4, and my photographer said we should allot 15-20 minutes for family shots. i also really want to experience cocktail hour (my fav part of weddings!), so we will still be there for the second half or so.
Post # 6
Does anyone else think this is kind of a sad example of our societal times?
Fear or disinterest in capturing family because the majority of unions don’t last…AND the divorce is either so painful or whatever to not even want to hang the photos?!
Having said that, I love seeing photos with people’s families in them. We are eloping, so it’s a non issue for us, but still.
Post # 7
We are planning on having one big group shot after the ceremony of all the guests. Since it will be outside on a water front we are planning on having all the guests line up on the dock surrounding us for the picture.
As for family ones…. we are having a few with grandparents, and our parents and then only the sibling and a seperate picture with all the nieces and nephews. I have no problem with including the SO of that sibling, but my one sister and his have been through a few people in the last few years and they just haven’t found “the One” yet so when we told them that it would only be them without their SOs they were actually very ok with it. Plus I want more pictures of Fiance and I and this leaves more time for those I’m so in love with you pics.
You should write out what photos you want before hand. If you feel that there won’t be enough time, why not think of a second location (like a park) to have the pictures done with the family. Once you have a list, give one copy to your photographer and one to maybe another family member or friend so that they can organize the people. Speak with the family members you want pictures with and tell them you want pictures, this way they are ready and know where to go, thus cutting down on time trying to find everyone.