(Closed) When did you take your family group shots at wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
3723 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

We took them immediately after the ceremony. I’ve never heard of anyone taking them after dinner. 

Post # 3
2956 posts
Sugar bee

Our ceremony and reception were at the same place. We did my side before the ceremony but after the first look, then his sides right after the ceremony during cocktail hour. It would have been dark outside of we waited until after dinner, plus by then, I think people are tired of “performing.”

Post # 4
1234 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2027

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summerbride0815 :  typically after the ceremony.  Most people have become “disheveled” after dinner, especially if there is drinking. 

Post # 5
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Our ceremony and reception were in the same location.  We did pictures after the ceremony.  

Post # 6
1730 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

We did ours right after the ceremony.

Post # 7
5995 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve been to many weddings and only seen the family photos done either (a) immediately after the ceremony at the ceremony venue, or (b) at the same venue as other photos, before dinner. I don’t see how it makes sense to do another round of photos after dinner.

Besides all the other problems PPs have mentioned (maybe getting dark, people not in the mood), wouldn’t that mean that a large proportion of guests walks out of the reception venue for a while, leaving the rest behind? It sounds logistically very confusing.

Post # 8
6303 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Honestly that sounds like a recipe for disaster. I always do family formals immediately following the first look (if applicable) or immediately following the ceremony. The longer you wait the more you risk people going MIA and missing out on family formals. 

Post # 9
1192 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I would definitely do them right after the ceremony. I can’t imagine trying to corral everyone once the reception is fully underway – plus, people are going to look less fresh as the night goes on.

If you are doing a first look or are willing to consider one, that helps immensely because you can get a lot of couple shots and wedding party shots before the ceremony even begins, making it easier to get the family photos done after the ceremony.

I am not sure anyone could ever convince me to do formal portraits after dinner. 😳

Post # 10
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

For our engagement party we took our family group shots after the ceremony, and  during cocktail hour, and also after dinner

Post # 11
9436 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We are doing ours right after the ceremony. Seems easier than pulling everyone out of the reception

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