Formals are the Wedding Party and Family Pics. A Photochecklist is the best tool to make them happen. In the process of Wedding Planning this is a key question: When will the formals be taken ??? In an ideal world, the photographer would have plenty time to take them, but this doesn’t work that way most times and usually they have to work on them in a rush…
In order to well organize the flew of the day, these are the different situations to consider:
a. If the couple will see each other before the Ceremony and:
- Ceremony and reception are held at same location: doing the formals before the ceremony enables you to enjoy your cocktail hour. The photographer can set up a special mini-session of the seeing each other for the first time, those pics can be really nice !!!
- Ceremony and reception are held at different locations: if you decide to do the formals after the ceremony, think about driving distances, traffic, etc., there should be enough time to get to the venue maybe stopping at a Park or any other location to take the pictures.
b. If the couple won’t see each other till the Ceremony and:
- Ceremony and reception are held at same location: you know you will miss most of the cocktail hour to have your pics taken.
- Ceremony and reception are held at different locations: think about driving distances, etc., and maybe not making it to the cocktail hour depending on the timings.
Couples: make sure family members and guests included in the formal pictures are aware of them, so let them know in advance to be ready and focus at the time they will be taken assuring everything will be as smooth as possible.
Suggestion to Couples: try keeping the formals list short, you want to have enough time for your couple’s pics, after all, it’s your Big Day !!!
Article and photo submitted by:
Al Ojeda Photography, Quality Wedding Photography Services covering the Tri-State Area.