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