A few tips for documenting your wedding day details:
Work directly with your photographer to create the shot list. Your planner may help, but ultimately photographers are responsible for getting the shots!
Involve ALL important parties in the shot list decision making. This includes ALL parents.
When possible, define the groups by a group name and not a long list of individual names.
When adding group photos to the shot list, think about who the pictures are for, and prioritize accordingly. It’s okay to say no if it feels redundant.
Communicate with potentially interested/involved parties what your decisions are. Everyone arrives at weddings with their own set of expectations.
For large family groups, designate a family captain to communicate whether or not you’re doing an extended family portrait. Some uncles don’t know to stay after the ceremony. Some aunts expect that these always happen. There is no rule of thumb, and it just helps to let everyone know either way.
If still undecided about whether to take a specific shot— think about how if you will share/display the portraits 10/20/30 years from now.
For details outside of friend and family groups, how extensive is the production surrounding the event? Are there any renderings or design boards that can prepare your photographer before we arrive?
If you (or your mom) has friend groups that are desired to get at the reception— designate a captain of the group to find the photographer and make it happen. Ask Sally to get the tennis group together for the MOB so that she doesn’t have to worry about it at the party. -or- have the band announce the sorority group to the dance floor, or everyone who went to the University of Texas if that is a shot you’d like!
I hope you found these helpful! As a John Cain Photography bride, our team works enthusiastically to ensure all expectations are exceeded and no family member is left saying, “I wish we had gotten a photo of ____.” For more tips and inspiration, see more from John Cain Everyday!