If you would like your wedding timeline to stay on track....here's the biggest tip I can give you from a photographer's standpoint...assign a "wrangler" from each side of your family to help keep family members close by and into the photos line up.
You also REALLY NEED TO HAVE A LIST of EVERYONE who will be needed in the photos. I request to have that list at least a week before the wedding. This helps me work with the wedding planner to create a feasible timeline. If the list is rather large, even more reason to get it to me well before the wedding date.
I always like to start with the largest combination of family/friends and work our way down to the wedding party then wedding couple. We want to be sure to photograph shots with older family members and little kids first so older folks can go take a seat if need be and kids can go run around and have fun....attention span fleeting as you may well know! ;)
Ok, but back to having "wranglers" from each side of the families...these 2 people are going to help so much, trust me! They should first, know everyone listed in the photos, or at least 90% of them. Second, they should have a STRONG PERSONALITY to say the least. These wranglers can be firm and if need be, yell at these family and friends who may be trying to stray from the area where we are taking these photos at.
I've found that these wranglers are usually female, a sister, a fun aunt or whatever but they have often snatched my clipboard or phone with the list of people in the photos and starting calling out the names! They have fun with it!
Once we move through these important combination photos, basically to prove these folks were at your wedding ;)....we have ample time for wedding party and your special couple portraits.
If we were so blessed as to have you take FIRST LOOK PHOTOS...EVEN BETTER! Check out my other VLOG POST ABOUT "WHY I LOVE FIRST LOOKS!" If we have a first look, we probably were able to take care of many of the combination photos of family members....but ONLY IF YOU HAVE TOLD THEM AND/OR EMAILED THEM ALL, saying "you are needed earlier than the ceremony start time for photos because we are doing a first look. Super important! Otherwise, we are back to having to shoot all the family/friend combinations after the ceremony and it can squeeze the amount of time for wedding party and wedding couple's special portraits.
We need to get great photos of everyone and get the couple ready for their grand entrance on time! It also allows those family members in photos to go enjoy cocktail hour versus herding cats with no list and no wrangler for combination photos....MAKE SENSE?! Got it? Really?....Awesome!
I am here for any questions you may have, love to chat further about your wedding day....thanks!