Planning your wedding photography – formal photos

August 2017

Planning your wedding photography in advance with the help of your chosen photographer can help ensure that you get all the photographs you hope for, and more.

Wedding group shot at Morden Park House wedding

Wedding day running order

As anyone who has been married knows, there’s a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ work involved in planning a wedding. I remember feeling up to my eyeballs in ‘wedmin’ when organising ours, spreadsheets galore. But it was worth it to have everything just as we wanted it.

Fear not – us wedding photographers are creative types and there’s always a solution.

What if it rains on my wedding day?

Of course this doesn’t mean your photographer can’t be flexible on the day if, say, the heavens unexpectedly open just when you’d planned on having some couples portraits in the walled garden. Fear not. Us wedding photographers are creative types and there’s always a solution. We can usually wait until the rain passes, or find an alternate romantic, sheltered spot for you.

Family and friends wedding photos

Agreeing who’s in and out of your group shots can be as tricky as agreeing the table plan. It’s hard to know how many to have to make sure you ‘cover’ all the key family members and core friends but also not too many so as to disrupt the day and have everyone hanging around for longer than necessary. Your wedding photographer can help here. It’s a good idea to speak to your photographer a couple of weeks before the big day to discuss the groups shots you had in mind and they can advise how best to accommodate everyone you’d like covered and the best time of day.

Make sure you enjoy your wedding day

It may be tempting to request lots and lots of group shots to make sure you’ve more than covered everyone. However, the problem with this approach is it means your photographer(s) have less time to capture all the gorgeous candid shots of the great, spontaneous moments that are happening. Plus, you and your guests will be waiting around a very long time rather than relaxing and enjoying the day which is just not right at a wedding in my opinion!

I recommend limiting the number of group shots to around a maximum of ten.

How many group photos to have?

I recommend limiting the number of group shots to around a maximum of ten. Usually this is enough to cover all the key family and close friends groups. You can always do a large photo including all of your guests too if you like.

Best man and maid of honour jobs

Assigning the ‘rounding up’ of guests role to a couple of reliable friends or family members is a good idea (often the best man and maid of honour, ideally someone with a good pair of lungs that knows quite a few of your guests). It helps prevent delays to your day and guests awkwardly standing around not knowing when they’re needed.