A group shot with all of your wedding guests is a great keepsake, and can be one of the most memorable photographs your photographer captures on your wedding day.
The trick is…
When to do it. Just like everything else at a wedding, there are tons of variables at play that go into determining the best time for your group shot. Things like time of day, venue type and layout, and other factors all come into play.
The main consideration is that, if possible, you do it at a time when all of your guests are still present (i.e. don’t wait until later in the reception!) and they are all still in the same general area already so gathering everyone together isn’t like herding cats.
There are a few times during the course of a typical wedding that lend themselves nicely to this shot.
Do it at the wrong time, or at some random time during the night, and just getting everyone together and setting up the shot can take a good half-an hour out of your already precious and limited dancing and visiting time.
Let’s do it right!
Since your DJ/MC is most likely the person you’re looking to to help you come up with a nice, smooth-flowing reception timeline, look to them to help determine (with your photographer!) the time and place that makes the most sense for this shot, and for any other shot (think Sunset Shots) that could potentially take time away from your celebration or grind it to a halt if not thoughtfully planned.
Experience, communication, and a team-player attitude are all essential to the success of your wedding day!