brides... Let's talk about ways that you can simplify your day so we can have more time to have an authentically enjoyable experience - both in your photos and also in how you experience the day. .
Group photos. They can get out of hand real quick.
I'm not meaning that your family and guests aren't important, but ask yourself if that like of 15 extended family group photos is really how you want to spend your time with those people? Will those photos be printed and on your wall of in an album? Or will they sit in a usb and never be pulled up again. Will they be used by the family members in them, or are you combining people from different branches of your union who will never print those photos because they do not know each other? Would you rather have authentic moments of love captured candidly or do you value a posed photo more?
While I don't dictate how few or how many extended family photos we take, I do want to stress that this is the number one way I see couples getting overwhelmed beyond what they could have imagined on the wedding day. Do your best to plan your family photo list with intention and purpose. Not all photographic moments need to be posed. Stick to the ones that you know will be printed and treasured as heirlooms, and use the rest of the time enjoying time with your guests and with your spouse, and just enjoying the day. Blame me to your parents if you get pushback.
Not pictured: a million distant relative whom\ you know nothing about and are meeting for the first time for ten photos because mom and dad want you to have photos with people you don't even know.