What is the Photo List?
The wedding photo list is a list of the different groups of people you wish to be photographed with on your special day. Usually, these photos are taken shortly after the wedding ceremony. These photos include the married couple with different groups of people, for example, parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. At the bottom of this blog post, I have put together a sample photo list to give you an idea of commonly asked for group photos.
Why is it important to have a photo list?
It is highly unlikely I will know everyone in your wedding party so by supplying this list I will know who you would like photographs with. This is the list that I will reference when organising the photos. It saves lots of time having this in advance as you aren’t having to think of groups on the spot.
If you don’t have a photo list you may forget a particular group of people that you won’t realise until it is too late. If you are struggling with your photo list I am always more than happy to help you put one together.
How many group photos should you have?
I advise up to 10 group photos as it can roughly take about 5 minutes per photo. I am a firm believer that although it is important to have group photos it is just as important to make memories, enjoy your day and spend time with loved ones. The less time spent on group photos means more time capturing the natural moments that would otherwise go undocumented.
Who will help gather people on the list for their photo?
It’s great to have help from a member of your wedding party, someone who knows most of the guests (it also helps if they have a bossy side) as this will speed up the photos, meaning more time with your guests to enjoy the party! More often it is usually the best man or maid of honour who helps with the gathering of people.
When do you need to send the photo list over?
I ask for the photo list one month before the wedding, so you haven’t got any documents to worry about in the final days coming up to your wedding.
Sample photo list
Below I have put together a sample photo list of the most commonly asked for group shots on wedding days. Of course, every wedding is different so group photos can vary to your preference and they don’t have to be the same as the groups listed.
- Bride and Groom + Brides parents
- Bride and Groom + Brides immediate family (parents and siblings)
- Bride and Groom + Grooms parents
- Bride and Groom + Grooms immediate family (parents and siblings)
- Bride and Groom + Grandparents
- Bride and Groom + Bridal party (maid of honour, bridesmaids and flower girls)
- Bride and Groom + Groomsmen (best man, ushers, page boys, ring bearer)
- Bride and Groom + Bridal party and groomsmen
I hope you found this blog post helpful.