Congratulations on your forthcoming Wedding or Civil Partnership. You may well have lists coming out of your ears, so what is the point of another one? Well, simply put, if it gets written down the chances are it will get done. Also you are less likely to forget important people if you give it some thought before the day. I’m not saying that if the picture is not on the list it won’t be taken, far from it. Most of the best candid moments are totally unplanned, the children’s kiss, the thumbs up and the laugh at the best man’s speech. However if you want everyone to be in the pictures it’s best to write your list, and importantly who you want to be pictured with whom. For example, the Bride with her brothers, the brothers on their own (Christmas present for mum) or Mum and Dad with their brothers and sisters.
A good tip is to write the list when you do the seating plan, that way you’ll have a method to help you do both and it will reduce duplication. Don’t for a moment think that if you forget someone they won’t be in the picture, just have a quiet word with your photographer on the day and I’m sure they’ll accommodate you. Most wedding videographers and photographers will grab the Best Man or one of the Bridesmaids to help organize people, this way it is much quicker and less intimidating for the guests. The Best Man and Bridesmaids tend to know the important people like elderly uncles and aunts so they are best placed to track them down. They also tend to know where these people may be found, having a crafty smoke or being first at the bar. Every wedding videographer or photographer will develop his or her own shot list over time. If the photographer is a good one, the list will evolve and improve as the photographer matures.