I’ve lost count of how many people have told me about weddings they’ve attended where group photos took hours and caused a lot of stress on the day. No wedding day should leave people with those memories!
When it comes to group photos, they are the most tedious part of any wedding. Getting formal group shots of certain family and friends does involve a lot of standing around and waiting for your name to be called! There’s also the fear that it stops you from mingling with your guests and enjoying your special day.
My top tip here is to work with your wedding photographer and get this part of the day organised. Most photographers can suggest a set shot list or recommend you choose a set number of groups you’d like on the day.
A general rule of thumb is that it takes around 5 minutes to set up one group shot. By that definition, 6 groups can take around half an hour to work through. So if you don’t want to be standing around for hours on end, a smaller number of group shots is always advisable!
I always aim to work through this part of the day as quickly as possible. That way, you can get back to chatting with friends and family and enjoying the rest of your day. I’ll ask you to nominate a couple of people who can help me work through the list. I recommend a family member from each side who knows everyone and can run and grab wandering aunts and uncles at the right time! Try and choose confident and loud people for this job. Oh, and make sure you ask them if they’re happy to do it before the wedding. No one likes to have work sprung on them without warning when they’re supposed to be relaxing with a drink in hand, do they?