They are inevitable, and everyone needs to do them. There is a right and a wrong way to do them; a quick and easy way, and a long, tedious and painful way.
Don’t do pictures in front of all your guests. Why? Because they cause them to take much longer, because “aunt Judy didn’t get the shot” . They also have flashes, which then in return can mess up the professional photographer. They are also extremely distracting. “Aunt Judy” will also try and reposition you to her liking or “I just need to steal them for one minute”. That one minute adds up quickly when you have 200 guests. (to avoid this, go into a separate room while the guests leave, that way they don’t try and find you, because they will)
Do your photos at the ceremony location, or around that location. This will ensure you don’t spend time on travel and this way people do not get lost in transit – which causes more delays and happens more than you think.
Don’t do these photos in a busy part of the city. Again it will cause delays, issues with parking, and lost participants.
Do give your photographer a list of names of “important” people so they know who to call out. If there are must have combinations, give that to the photographer in advance so they can plan accordingly.
Do ensure that everyone you want in pictures knows, prior to the wedding when and where they have to be there so they are not mingling – which delays photos even more.
Do have someone designate to “shoo off” guests, and wrangle the bridal party and parents. If you or the photographer do it, it, again, will take much longer.
Julianne Cragg | Edmonton Wedding Planner
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