The perfect group photo frame for your wedding

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The perfect group photo frame for your wedding

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A group photo booth during a wedding.

The perfect group photo frame for your wedding

It seems simple but taking photos with different people at a wedding can be treacherous. With limited time, your day may turn out differently as you hoped. This way, you make the group photo perfect and the day becomes all the more fun.

1. Planning the group photos

The group photo's should be two things and that is fun and fast. The biggest mistake you can make is that it will take too long and that is not fun for anyone. People who have already been in the photo need to move on nicely again. Therefore, always start with the big groups first so that most can go back.

These are usually the 3 group photo moments: after the firstlook, after the ceremony, during the reception.
Where after the firstlook the families are often photographed and after the ceremony the group photo is made with all the day's guests. Most combinations are photographed during the reception.

A group photo frame of dancing people in the forest.

2. Combinations + examples

Bride + her parents

Groom + his parents

Bride + brothers/sisters

Groom + brothers/sisters

Bride + bridesmaids

Groom + witnesses

Both families together

Bride, groom + grandparents

Bride, groom + group of friends

All guests together


Large groups example:

Time: 13:30-14:00 (After the ceremony)
Location: St James' Church 

  • Photo with all present
  • Family Bride
  • Family Groom

Medium-sized groups example:

Time: 16:30-17:00 (After cake)
Location: Ter Werve

  • Group photo of both families:
    -1 Hans Manders (father groom)
    -2 Marleen Manders (mother groom)
    -3 Sophie Manders (sister groom, ceremony master)
    -4 Badri van Dijk (husband Sophie)
    -5 Sjors Manders (brother groom)
    -6 Thomas Manders (brother groom)
    -7 Ralph Burger (father Bride)
    -8 Jannie Burger (mother Bride)
    -9 Niek Burger (Brother Bride)

Small groups example:

Time: 16:30-17:00 (After cake)
Location: Ter Werve

  • Group photo all parents + Bridal couple:
    -1 Hans Manders (father groom)
    -2 Marleen Manders (mother groom)
    -3 Ralph Burger (father Bride)
    -4 Jannie Burger (mother Bride)
  • Group photo parents Bride + Bridal couple:
    -1 Ralph Burger (father Bride)
    -2 Jannie Burger (mother Bride)
A man in a suit is thrown into the air by his group photo frame friends during a wedding.

3. Tips on taking group photos

  • The announcer

To the group photo's twice as fast, an announcer is needed. This can be the ceremony master if he or she knows the families. What works even better is if there are two announcers. One from each family so together they know who everyone is. Each time, the announcers gather the following two group photo's.

  • The photobooth

When you have a lot of spontaneous group photo's will with your guests is the photobooth very nice to take a picture with someone like this without any obligations. Click here to our photobooth to see.

  • Go through the group photos with the photographer

Based on the location and quantity group photo's. Is it always useful to go through how long you will be approximately. In case of bad weather, you can then immediately come up with a plan B.

  • Children and older first

Children are impatient and older ones cannot stand for long therefore they are among the first to go. For the older ones, it is therefore useful to bring a chair if they are not well on their feet for the group photo's. If they are in a wheelchair but can stand, I ask what they like. If they want to sit in a chair, I place two to four chairs in the group.

Children as one of the first but not the very first because they first have to see how you are on the group photo must. These photos need to be done quickly. Start with the normal photos first and make the photos a little crazier each time.

Parents still want to give input but this should be the photographer as quickly as possible because the children will stop listening.

  • Plan only the important group photos and leave the rest spontaneous.

Make two lists: One with the must have group photo's and a second with people you would like to have your picture taken with when there is time or when you are talking to them.

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About the Author: Justin Manders

As wedding photographer Since 2013, I have had the privilege of constantly seeing the most beautiful sides of people. My role is to observe and direct people and moments so that they are remembered in the most enjoyable way. I am always open to a good conversation, so don't hesitate to contact me.

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