(Closed) How do you go about organizing family portraits for yor big day?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
46597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
6065 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

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
1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@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
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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.

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