10 Tips for Organizing Family Formals | CSC Photography - Information | VA Wedding Photographer

Family Formals can be one of the smoothest or most stressful parts of the wedding, depending on how well you prepare in advance.

In today's blog post, I am spilling my secrets to make your family formals quick and easy.

1 | Have a Game Plan!

For every wedding Devon and I photograph, I send out a pre-wedding questionnaire that allows us to better prepare for our couple's big day. By far, the most important question in that whole questionnaire is family formal groupings!

I don't know if you're like this too, but I do not answer questions well when put on the spot. I get flustered and end up thinking to myself (or out loud to Devon), "Wow, I can't believe I forgot about that," or "I should have said this." Anyone else?

That's just one reason family formals go a lot smoother if you have a game plan beforehand. It's easier to gather people (or have us gather people) if we know who to look for. It saves you stress on your wedding day by being bombarded by questions about who we need for pictures. And, diving into my second point, it goes a lot faster if we know who we need in advance.

2 | Have a Checklist

Maybe it's because I'm a type-A person, but nothing beats the feeling of crossing something off of a to-do list, and family formal shots are no exception.

While I'm firing away behind the camera, Devon has our physical list of family formal shots with every variation we need (including family member names) crossing off the shots we've done and making sure our next grouping is in the wings ready to go as soon as we're done with the last shot.