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How to Perfectly Coordinate Your Wedding Photo Ops

Introducing the D Weddings ABCs of Etiquette: Sure, you can flip through Emily Post’s bible of good manners, but what do Dallas brides, planners, and guests expect when it comes to local wedding etiquette? Dallas wedding experts tell us how to graciously navigate every wedding-day situation.


Making sure your family feels comfortable during wedding photos is of the utmost courtesy. And when navigating difficult family dynamics and situations, communication is key. “Being 200 percent open and honest with the photographer is important so he or she knows who can and who can’t be in photos together,” says photographer Jennifer Yarbro. That includes providing your photographer with a shot list before the big day. It’s also a good idea to speak to both mothers (the mother of the groom and the bride) before handing over your shot list. “This way you can discuss what is important to them,” she says. “Otherwise they may start asking for family photos on the day of that weren’t planned for, and that can disrupt the wedding-day timeline.” And speaking of timeline—post-ceremony pics should never exceed one hour or you’ll be leaving your guests waiting a bit too long. “If a bride and groom do a first look, they can cut this time down significantly,” she says.

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