I'm not super experienced when it comes to weddings so I'd love to hear your techniques.
I've been lucky enough with the past 3 weddings that there was roughly 1.5-2 hours for formal pictures. And despite the MANY meetings and conversations with my brides, I make it very clear that we are to get a few photos of the bridal party together, a few of just the girls & a few of just the guys. I make it very clear that I want to spend most of the time with just the B&G. Truthfully what pictures are they going to put on their wall? Most likely the pictures of just the two of them right?
Well it seems like as soon as we all get to the location, it's like herding cats and I end up getting super frustrated. Most people are drinking, most are more interested in chatting, then when it is their time they seem uninterested. And truthfully, I understand. When it's not your wedding, you're not really invested. But then I find we've wasted an hour on the bridal party and it doesn't leave me a whole lot of time with just the B&G. I then find myself rushing to get SOME good shots of the them together, and at this point we're at a time crunch and I end up bringing out the classic shots and don't really have any room to play or be creative, ya know?
So essentially what I'm wanting to know is how do you conduct your formal session? Do the B&G go first? I've found doing them last gets rid of the bridal party and I can get a little more intimate with the couple, but then we run out of time.
I appreciate any tips and help!