One of the most important things to consider in your wedding timeline is your Family Photography List.
I know it can be a daunting process of trying to figure out the “how” and The “Who”. Keep in mind that family photos, while important, should be limited to the people that are most important in your life. The reason I encourage couples to try to pair down the list is because of a few reasons it can be the “stressful” part of the day and
everyone gets a little antsy as most people want to go to cocktail hour asap.
Having a family photo list really does help to get things organized and done in a timely fashion.
Here are some tips to making your family photo list…

Large bridal party of guys and girls on wedding day

You will want to separate your list into two sections… pre and post ceremony photos. Pre ceremony photos are usually done after getting ready shots. They are usually of the bride / groom with mom and dad and the bridal party.
It is always great to knock out some of the formal bridal party photos on your list before the ceremony. If you plan on doing a first this is a good time to gather all of your bridal party to meet you after first look and get the group images shot. That list usually looks like this….


  1. Bride + Maid of Honor
  2. Bride + bridesmaid
  3. Bride + flower girl
  4. Groom + Best Man

Try to think of the second part of your list as the VIP Family images that you would want to put in your album. Normally your family list should be around 15-20 groups. I like to make sure we can knock out family photos in about 30 mins or less so we can go off and do couple’s portraits. If your list is longer we can certainly add more time but keep in mind that uncles, aunts and distant cousins can be photographed during the reception as well and I aim to try to photograph everyone at least once!
Here is a example….


  1. Bride & Groom + Groom’s immediate family (parents & siblings) option (grandparents)
  2. Bride & Groom + Groom’s parents
  3. Bride & Groom + Groom’s siblings
  4. Groom + Mother
  5. Groom + Father
  6. Groom + Siblings
Entire bridal party at Nella Terra
Bridal party posing at Starr Lake Vineyards

Guests love to mingle during a wedding. And why wouldn’t they? It is the best time to be social and mingle!
The best way to move things forward as quickly and efficiently as possible takes a designated person to take charge. My advice is to find someone (if you don’t have a planner) to be the person that gathers all your people in one place. Having someone that can call out names or keep relatives in one area helps to keep things moving on time. I usually send my assistant off to photograph cocktail hour at this time so it is helpful to have someone there that knows your family and knows the names on your list.

Here is an example of creating a family photos list that will help you be organized on the wedding day!
It doesn’t have to look exactly like mine but as long as it is organized into the pre-ceremony and post ceremony photos you will be fine.

Starr Lake Vineyards wedding
Family Photo list