Post # 1
Like most people you wanna have a family portrait of all your guests and then of aunts and uncles and so on…
how do you organize it so that your not running around looking for the people you wanna take photo’s with?
My FH and I were talking with our photographer about it and i sugguested that we have out numbers to our guest and when were ready for them we have a spot and their number is called out on the microphone to save time and help keep the cocktail hour going.
What do you bee’s think and has anyone done this before????
Post # 3
I would limit the number of pages on the PS system. It will take away form the celebratory atmosphere.
First, make a list of the pics you want, then put them in order of priority.
Do you have a close friend or family member who can be your wrangler? They need to be able to recognize the family members.
Give them a copy of the list and have them round up the groups of people.
Post # 4
I’m sure you could tell all of your family/friends ahead of time that there will be pictures immediately after the ceremony.
As Julies1949 said, you should probably have a wrangler or two–someone pretty outspoken and can get the job done.
Another way is to have everyone in both families (immediate and extended) there for pictures first, and then “peal” away the extended family members, eventually the immediate family members, then the bridal party, etc who can then go off and enjoy the cocktail hour and you two can have your couple-only shots. Since everyone will be gathered immediately after the ceremony, it might work out better.
If there are stragglers, I would assume your photographer will work with whomever is there so that the time is productive and you’re not all standing around wasting time while the wrangler is scouting for them.
Post # 5
I will be telling the family members that I want to take pictures with to gather quickly after the ceremony.
I’m giving a list to the photographer of who will be in each picture so he can yell out names. I am hoping this will make things go smoothly and quickly.
I am hoping the photographer will be like a drill sargeant!
Post # 6
@suhseal: That’s smart. Start with the big group and whittle down. That and a list for the photog. Ours was an awful herding-cats situation with my mom’s huge family and DH’s disappearing relatives, but we plowed through it as fast as we could. There’s probably photos we missed but I just wanted to get out of there!
Post # 7
Well I was kinda lucky when it came to the family shots. My Guest list was only 15 people. However one of the things the Photographer mentioned was to write a list of all the Portrait shots I wanted to take, and then have someone wrangle up the people.
In my case it was my sister. She was awesome. And she’d go based on what I had written on the list. No one was left out.
“All the kids! I need all the kids here now!”
“Mom youre next!”
“Okay I need all the Grooms friends”
HAHAH she was awesome.