Post # 1
Hey, bees… I’m one of those people who lived most of her life under a rock and have only ever attended 2 weddings. Wedding idiot alert. So I have questions questions questions.
I’m not seeing my dashing groom until the ceremony. I’m an incredibly practical person….. except on this issue. Its my ONE childhood wedding dream and that’s that. I’m in love with the idea. I’m not seeing him until the ceremony. We’ll do separate photo shoots with our families before the ceremony, as well as find some cute ways to be shot together without seeing each other. Then we’ll do pictures as a couple and with our families as quickly as possible between theceremony and reception. In short, our couple photo time is preciously small because I don’t want to keep people waiting, and I like candids WAAYY more than posed.
So riddle me this… are cousins/aunts/uncles included in these shots? I say no, because: 1. we don’t have the time if they want me AND the hubby. 2. There’s a crap ton of people if we open that can of worms. My parents have 8 siblings and his have 4. That’s 12 additional families. Nuh uh.
Is this typically done? Am I just being insensitive and unenthused about picture taking? Can I get away with casually snapping shots with whichever family members ask at the reception?
Also, I’d love to hear any tips y’all have about managing small photo session times. A friend suggested practicing larger group poses at the rehearsal. As annoying as it would be to do then, it may cut down on the chaos on wedding day. Talk to me, people.
Post # 3
We took one photo with my mom’s side of the family, dad’s side, my in-laws, grandparents. If you make a list and give it to your photographer it will make things go by much faster.
Post # 4
I’m not going to include extended family for exactly that reason. You can still get pictures with people at the reception!
Post # 5
@CarolF: I’m doing sort of the same thing – having some pictures for each side before the ceremony, then doing bride and groom photos afterwards. I don’t think you need pictures with all of your aunts and uncles, unless you are particularly close to them. You could always catch up with them during the reception and get a picture with them that way. Or, as the other poster suggested, you can get a picture with each side of the family so everyone is included.
Post # 6
We didn’t have cousins/aunts, etc. in ours. It was immediate family and grandparents
Post # 7
I also don’t think it’s necessary to do it with all the cousins.
But if you do be very organized about it. Because I had this done at a few cousins wedding and it end up taking half a hour or more to tracked down wayward cousins and aunt. Some tips:
1.Tell cousins, aunts/uncles that you will be taking picture at around this time, and please make there way to the location.
2 Make a list for a family member you can trust and have them round everyone up a couple of minutes before the pictures.
As for practicing taking shots I don’t think that a good idea. Although typically at most rehearsal dinners where I was part of the bridal party I ended up taking group shots. Talk to your photographer the are use to coordinating people and probably have tips to make sure everything is streamlined and done quickly. Also send your guest to cocktail hour to buy you some more time.