The Bridal Party
You and your partner won’t be the only ones standing up at the altar on your wedding day. Your wedding party—bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, and ring bearers—will be up there too, supporting the two of you as you exchange your vows.
While even wedding parties are traditional (and make that arm-in-arm walk down the aisle a little easier), there’s no rule saying you’ve got to have the exact same number of people standing on each side of the altar. For an uneven wedding party, have two bridesmaids walk down the aisle with one groomsman.
The wedding party helps the bride and groom get ready on the wedding day, calming their nerves and making them feel comfortable.
The wedding party typically takes formal photos with the couple either before the ceremony or during the cocktail hour for the couple's wedding album.
Often, the wedding party is seated at special tables at the reception, either with the newly-married couple or close by.
The wedding party serves as a support system to the couple in their new marriage, encouraging their love and helping them see through arguments and fights long after the wedding day.
Sometimes, the wedding party will plan special events for the couples, such as bridal showers, bachelor or bachelorette parties, or even wedding night surprises.
Your wedding party is often considered to be quite involved in your wedding planning process. They will likely dedicate a notable amount of time and possibly money to participate in your day, so it's important to thank your wedding party for all their assistance throughout the process. Make sure to properly thank your wedding party for all of their hard work and to show your appreciation for their support and friendship.
1. The Traditional Pose
When it comes to posing the wedding party, we shall start with simple poses to help make the group comfortable in front of the camera. Let place all of the groomsmen next to the groom, and line up the bridesmaids next to the bride. Have the wedding party angle their bodies slightly toward the bride and groom to draw the attention to the center of the frame (this also helps to focus on the most important people – the bride and groom!). Simple poses like this are perfect to begin with, and will ensure that we will get a great shot right away.
2. Mixing the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
Once we have taken a couple of traditional photos of the wedding party, we shall rearrange them. Have each bridesmaid stand next to the groomsmen that she walked down the aisle with. This is a quick way to create a formal photo that showcases the wedding party in a different way, with the bride and groom still in the center. It is important to ensure that after we move each person around, the poses that you desire are still intact. Each member of the wedding party should be facing in toward the newlyweds, representing the unity the group has during this special moment.
3. Action Poses for Variety
Once we have photographed the wedding party in posed, formal photos, be sure to capture some action shots as well. A simple way to do this is by setting up a shot of the entire wedding party walking together. With a few minimal directions, this can be a quick and easy way to capture natural emotions and expressions from everyone. We will line up the wedding party and direct them to slowly walk toward us as they talk and laugh with one another. Be sure to let them know to not only look at the camera – this is a time for them to engage with each other, so it helps if they all look in different directions.
4. the Groom with the Groomsmen
Start off with classic poses, where the groom is in the center with groomsmen on each side of his. Once we have captured the basic shots, we will implement poses that allow the groom and the groomsmen to have fun together. Place the guys in a line and let them show their funny socks. Not only will this create candid moments and genuine interaction between them, but the emotions and expressions you capture will be priceless.
5. Feature the Bride with the Bridesmaids
After showcasing the groom with the groomsmen, be sure to feature the bride with the bridesmaids. Start by classy posing the bridesmaids with the bride, include poses where the bride and the bridesmaids are close together, capturing the happiness of the special day.
This is just a few quick tips to get you started on your wedding planning.
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