1. Make a List
Write out a thorough list of exactly what group shots you want to have taken. The more detailed you are here, the better. Number your list and include people’s names. This is the most important thing you can do before your wedding to ensure your group shots take place with ease and speed on the day.
2. Ask for a Time Estimate
Give this list to your photographer and ask for an approximate time estimate for completing it. If you only want to spend 5 minutes getting your group shots done, you are not going to be able to get 50 combinations of every extended family member. Talking to your photographer before the day will give you a good idea of how long your group shots will take, and you can then choose to add or subtract groups from your list.
3. Appoint two Shepherds
Seek out the two most responsible and authoritative members of both your families and ask them if they would mind being your group shot shepherds on the day. They need to know everyone (or most people) on the list and their role is just to gather everyone at the chosen location as efficiently as possible.