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January 29, 2018
It’s your WEDDING DAY! Family and friends from ALL over have come, and you might feel overwhelmed at first by thinking about how you’re going to get through family formals without them lasting an hour. I’m here to share with you some tips on creating your family formal list so we can get it done in less than 30 minutes!
First, prioritize. Think about which photos will be hanging on your wall in the future. The ones I see most of the time are definitely immediate family! Let’s be honest, I haven’t seen an individual portrait with the bride’s cousin on a wall. So this is a good sign that the picture with just your cousin be a perfect one to take at the reception!
Second, keep time in mind. I normally shoot family formals immediately after the ceremony. I love getting to go somewhere beautiful outside for these so it matches the flow of your wedding and stays nice and airy! However, if there are 30 combinations, having family wait around outside might be a little uncomfortable if it’s in the summer heat or the brisk of winter since that would take a long time!
Include your spouse in most of the family formals! I’ll be sure to photograph you with just your mom and just your dad without your spouse, but other than an immediate family picture without them, include them in the rest of the family photos! The ones hanging on the wall will most likely include them since they are a part of the family now!
And last, I take a lot of pictures at the reception! Both candid and posed images! So if you wanted a quick shot with just one cousin, aunt or friend, this is the perfect time!
I encourage my couples to stick to no more than 15-20 combinations! Here’s a sample list of what your wedding combinations might look like:
This is just an example but really covers a lot of my couple’s family combinations! I also try to get each of the bride or groom’s sibling alone with them, and often they are in the bridal party! Which is perfect since I get each bridesmaid and groomsman alone with the bride or groom during portrait time.
But a final thought, remember the day is a celebration of your marriage. I don’t want it to be stressful, overwhelming, or chaotic in any way! It should be a day filled with joy, celebration, and time with those you love most. I hope these tips help with this, and happy planning!