Getting Group Shots at your wedding

Photographing formal groups at a wedding can be challenging and takes up precious time with your guests.  If your do not plan this time then the different combinations of group shots is endless and will quickly eat up all your time and before you know it you will be sitting at your table without having any time to speak to your guests.  And for you wedding album there will be a few detail shots and just pages upon pages of people standing in a line. While my approach is always to capture natural candid shots of your wedding many people still want some formal group shots especially the parents.

Below I have created a list of my ideal photo shoot flow for a wedding day listing the shots I would recommend having if groups are important to you.  This is assuming at least an hour and thirty minutes is allocated to get these shots done between the ceremony and wedding breakfast.


Wedding Photographer shot list
Bride Getting Ready
Groom, Best Men & Ushers
Groom & Ring Carrier
Detail shot of Rings
Guest Arriving
Bride with Father and Bridesmaids
Groom waiting at alter
Walking up the Aisle with father
Exchanging vows
Giving of rings
Formal signing of Register
Receiving wedding certificate
Walking out of ceremony
Throwing confetti
Canopies & Drinks
Natural Shots of Guests at wedding
Formal Groups Shots
Group shot with everyone
Bride & Groom with Brides Parents
Bride & Groom with Grooms Parents
Bride & Groom with Brides uncles, aunties and cousins
Bride & Groom with Grooms uncles, aunties and cousins
Bride & Groom with Best Men & Ushers
Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids, Best Men, Ushers & Page Boys
Bride & Bridesmaids
Wedding breakfast room details
Wedding Breakfast
Images of top table and guests at table
Post Dinner
Hen Party
Stag Party
Rings on finger
Intimate Portrait of Bride & Groom together
Natural Shots of Guests at wedding
Cake Cutting
Entertainment – Throwing Bouquet
First Dance

About Mark Dolman
Mark Dolman is a wedding photographer in Buckinghamshire for natural journalistic wedding photographing in London, Watford, High Wycombe, Slough, Windsor, Marlow, St Albans, Iver, Rickmansworth, Amersham, Chesham, Aylesbury, Berkamstead, Hemal Hempsted, Herfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire

What is the meaning of a Wedding posy

Since Queen Victoria’s day posy’s became a fashion accessory for women but go back further and you will learn that every flower has a meaning and men gave a small posy to the one he loves as a gesture to show her his interest with a hidden message in the flowers he gave. So be careful chaps black rose look cool on Ozzy Osbourne but not appropriate for your wedding day. In todays wedding flowers are normally chosen by the bride a who often choose their favourite flower or have the same as their mother. At last year’s Royal Wedding the Duchess of Cambridge chose flowers that reflected her relationship with Prince William. She chose lily of the valley (return of happiness), ivy (fidelity) and Sweet William (gallantry).”

I would love to see a return of the groom sending a bouquet of flowers to his bride on the wedding morning with its hidden message in the flowers and a little note of love.

Grooms if you want to try and wow your bride then check out Wikipedia for the language of flowers.