A Wedding Family Formals Checklist For Your Photographer
July 3, 2018

A Wedding Family Formals Checklist For Your Photographer

Before your big day, your photographer should ask you to create a wedding family formals portrait list, which will outline all of the family portraits you and your soon-to-be spouse want taken before or after your ceremony. With some help from our wedding day timeline rules, you know that you have roughly an hour allotted between the wedding ceremony and reception or following the First Look for wedding family portraits. A complete wedding family formals portrait list will help you and your photographer make the most of this time and take the stress out of organizing family groupings.

Stressful? Yes, family formals can be one of the more stressful parts of the day if a list is not thought out beforehand. Think about it – Your photographer doesn’t automatically know that your wedding portrait list would include a shot of your Mom with all of her sisters, or that you want a group portrait with all of the cousins. Consider this wedding portrait list a family checklist for your photographer. By providing this detailed list before your wedding day, your photographer will be able to plan out the portrait timing, and which family wedding portraits to take and when. Creating this list prior to your wedding day also ensures that your photographer will get every single family combination that you need to ensure those memories are created. Not sure who to include in your wedding family formals portrait list? We’ve got you covered:

Print out our family wedding portrait list for some photo op combination ideas.

PARENTS WEDDING PHOTO LIST

1. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Parents

2. Bride + Bride’s Parents

3. Bride + Bride’s Mom

4. Bride + Bride’s Dad

5. Bride + Groom + Groom’s Parents

6. Groom + Groom’s Parents

7. Groom + Groom’s Mom

8. Groom + Groom’s Dad

 

SIBLINGS WEDDING PHOTO LIST

9. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Siblings

10. Bride + Bride’s Sister(s)

11. Bride + Bride’s Brother(s)

12. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Parents + Bride’s Siblings

13. Bride + Bride’s Mom + Bride’s Sister(s)

14. Groom + Bride’s Dad + Bride’s Brother(s)

15. Bride + Groom + Groom’s Siblings

16. Groom + Groom’s Sister(s)

17. Groom + Groom’s Brother(s)

18. Bride + Groom + Groom’s Parents + Groom’s Siblings

19. Bride + Groom’s Mom + Groom’s Sister(s)

20. Groom + Groom’s Dad + Groom’s Brother(s)

21. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Parents + Bride’s Siblings + Groom’s Parents + Groom’s Siblings

 

GRANDPARENTS WEDDING PHOTO LIST

22. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Grandparents

23. Bride + Bride’s Grandma(s)

24. Bride + Bride’s Grandpa(s)

25. Bride + Groom + Groom’s Grandparents

26. Groom + Groom’s Grandma(s)

27. Groom + Groom’s Grandpa(s)

28. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Grandparents + Groom’s Grandparents

29. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Parents + Bride’s Siblings + Bride’s Grandparents

30. Bride + Bride’s Mom + Bride’s Sister(s) + Bride’s Grandma(s)

31. Groom + Bride’s Dad + Bride’s Brother(s) + Bride’s Grandpa(s)

32. Bride + Groom’s Mom + Groom’s Sister(s) + Groom’s Grandma(s)

33. Groom + Groom’s Dad + Groom’s Brother(s) + Groom’s Grandpa(s)

34. Bride + Groom + Groom’s Parents + Groom’s Siblings + Groom’s Grandparents

35. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Parents + Bride’s Siblings + Bride’s Grandparents + Groom’s Parents + Groom’s Siblings + Groom’s Grandparents

 

AUNTS, UNCLES, AND COUSINS WEDDING PHOTO LIST

36. Bride + Groom + Bride’s Parents + Bride’s Siblings + Bride’s Grandparents + Bride’s Aunt(s) + Bride’s Uncle(s) + Bride’s Cousins

37. Bride + Groom + Groom’s Parents + Groom’s Siblings + Groom’s Grandparents + Groom’s Aunt(s) + Groom’s Uncle(s) + Groom’s Cousins

 

In addition to providing this family formals portrait list to your photographer, you may also want to consider your overall photography timeline of your wedding day (check out our timeline for wedding photography here). Take into consideration all of the different location options for your portraits, and review these locales with your photographer to make sure they will fit into your timeline comfortably. While organizing your wedding timeline, be sure to carefully consider the “First Look” debate with your soon-to-be spouse. Finalizing your wedding portrait list, locations and other details in advance of your big day will ensure that your wedding portraits and family formals portraits go smoothly and, best of all, quickly.

About Adam and Keli

Creative. Clean. Different. We are a husband and wife team of creative professionals in Cincinnati, Ohio with a passion for weddings and storytelling. Founded in 2015, our portrait studio has been recognized as one of the best wedding photographers in the Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan Area by leading publications and websites. We would love to invite you out to our Northern Kentucky studio to meet with us while showcasing our albums, canvases and other print products. We can also provide more information on our Wedding Collections and introduce you to our team! We would love to help, connect with us now.

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