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What is a Family Shot List?

Updated: May 21

Today, I am sharing about family shot lists, what it is and an extensive example that you can literally copy and paste into a word document and input your own family into. This may seem like a silly blog post but one that I think would be super helpful if I wasn’t in the wedding industry/didn’t know much about what went into planning a wedding. Below, I have included the who, what, where, when, why and how to family shot lists. 

Enjoy!


What is it? A family shot list is a document, a text, a piece of paper…simply a list of all of the family members that you would like to include in the family photo portion on your wedding day. 





Who should be in it? Mom, Dad, Siblings, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts, Uncles, Great Grandparents, God Parents, Cousins, etc. (The people that you call family)


How should I lay it out? I will include specific examples below but my biggest piece of advice for the layout is making it super easy flowing and as seamless as possible. For example, include grandparents or anyone that might need more time getting in place to go first so that they can get to the reception space and rest, if necessary. In addition, Try to have the bride move as little as possible (especially if her dress is heavy/takes up a lot of space.)


Where should they be taken? It almost always seems to work well right where the ceremony had just taken place (at the altar.) If the photos are being taken prior to the ceremony, again, I would recommend anywhere that would not make it difficult for grandparents, great grandparents, etc.


When? Right after the ceremony takes place is a great time for family photos. Family is already at the ceremony spot (if that is where you want your photos taken) and makes it super easy to hop right into family photos.


Why? You want photos with your loved ones! On wedding day, it is so crazy and it just is not possible to get photos with every person there. Carving out 30 minutes for family specific photos is a sweet opportunity to make those photos a priority. This is not required BECAUSE it is your wedding day and you should plan it how YOU want to but this is just a recommendation that I have if you choose to. I would include specific names, but I don’t want to expose my entire family online so I will simply be using references below.


THE EXAMPLE:


B&G: Bride and Groom

B: Bride

G: Groom


GRANDPARENTS FIRST

  • B & G with groom’s (mom side) Grandma and Grandpa (grandma’s first name & grandpa’s first name)

  • G with groom’s (mom side) Grandma and Grandpa (grandma’s first name & grandpa’s first name)

  • B&G with mom’s side of the family (insert names) - mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, cousins

  • B & G with groom’s (dad side) Grandma and Grandpa (grandma’s first name & grandpa’s first name)

  • G with groom’s (dad side) Grandma and Grandpa (grandma’s first name & grandpa’s first name)

  • B&G with dad’s side of the family (insert names) - mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, cousins

  • B & G with bride’s (mom side) Grandma and Grandpa (grandma’s first name & grandpa’s first name)

  • B with bride’s (mom side) Grandma and Grandpa (grandma’s first name & grandpa’s first name)

  • B & G with bride's (dad side) Grandma and Grandpa (grandma’s first name & grandpa’s first name)

  • B with bride’s (dad side) Grandma and Grandpa (grandma’s first name & grandpa’s first name)


BRIDE’s SIDE


  • B&G with parents (mom’s name and dad’s name)

  • B&G with parents & siblings (mom’s name, dad’s name, siblings names)

  • B with parents (mom’s name and dad’s name)

  • B with parents & siblings (mom’s name, dad’s name, siblings names)

  • B with mom (mom’s name)

  • B with dad (dad’s name)

  • B with siblings (siblings names)

  • B with each sibling (insert each sibling per bullet point)

  • B&G with specific aunts and uncles families (For example, my mom and dad both have two sisters so Caleb and I took pictures with each sisters families)


GROOM’s SIDE


  • B&G with parents (mom’s name and dad’s name)

  • B&G with parents & siblings (mom’s name, dad’s name, siblings names)

  • G with parents (mom’s name and dad’s name)

  • G with parents & siblings (mom’s name, dad’s name, siblings names)

  • G with mom (mom’s name)

  • G with dad (dad’s name)

  • G with siblings (siblings names)

  • G with each sibling (insert each simply per bullet point)

  • B&G with specific aunts and uncles families (see reference in Bride’s section)


Once the shot list is complete, I always conclude by asking if there are any others that were maybe missed or thought of through the family photo time.


To be honest, where it says Bride (B) only or Groom (G) only, I don’t think Caleb and I did. For the most part, we were both apart of each others family photos. However, I included those as an option, here, as I have seen it at weddings and it is very common. 


To make it even more fun…consider putting your shot list on a cute template. You can purchase my template that I have made 100% customizable ine for $5 on my Etsy shop. Access my Template Here.


Thank you so much for being here and taking the time to read through this blog post. I am so thankful and hope you found it useful. Have a blessed day.


Cassidy from Vandy Studios

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