Planning your wedding day take a lot of work. Of course there is the venue, attire, flowers and food. The cake and favors and decor.. but what about all those other little details? Like your family formal photo list.
That may not even seem like something you need to focus on before your wedding, but yes! You need a full family formal photo list! Otherwise, that part of the day will be hectic, confusing and can take up precious time away from mingling with your guests and taking newlywed sunset photos.
So, to ensure that your family enjoys cocktail hour and you get all the photos you want during sunset, you have to make sure that you, the photographer and all your family members are on the same page. Making sure everyone is aware of who is in each picture!
- PRO TIP : I suggest that you use this list as a guideline then you add everyones names to it. Then you can say exactly who is in each photo. So instead of yelling “We need the brides immediate family!”, you can know that you need “Bob, Sue, Joan, Lisa and Kyle.”
Now, to help you start figure it out here is a sample family formal photo list.
These are the formal portraits that your family members will want to frame and hang on their mantle. Any large groups, casual photos or other groups can always be captured during the reception too!
- Bride with Mom
- Bride with Dad
- Bride with Parents
- Bride & Groom with Brides Parents
- Bride & Groom with Bride’s Immediate Family (Parents & Siblings)
- Bride & Groom with Both Immediate Families (Parents & Siblings)
- Bride & Groom with Grooms Immediate Family (Parents & Siblings)
- Bride & Groom with Grooms Parents
- Groom with Parents
- Groom with Mom
- Groom with Dad
A couple things to think about is:
- Significant others. If your immediate family includes your parents and siblings.. but your siblings are married, what do you do?! That’s totally up to you! Just make sure to consider your brother/sister-in-laws when writing out the names in each photo.
- Step Parents. If you have step parents to add into photos, just add them in the ones you want!
- Children. Also consider your nieces/nephews, the kids of your siblings, that you may want to be in photos!
- Grandparents. Often times, these are the extended family members that people want in their formal images. So decide if you want individuals with them, them in the larger immediate groups or something else!
I suggest keeping extended family members like aunts, uncles and cousins in more casual photos during the reception!
Check out some other wedding planning tips I have shared. Like this color palette inspiration post or deciding on your if your wedding party’s attire should mix or match!
When it comes down to it, everyone at your wedding is important! That’s why they’re there! But keep this list quick and concise to the photos you want to frame and put on your mantle. You can get casual pictures with other loved ones throughout the day!