Family photographs are an important part of most weddings. Whilst i'm always happy to capture an abundance of these, it's important to be honest with couples about how long they may take. After a ceremony and once guests have a drink in their hands it can take a little bit of work to round them all up for the shots. In a best case scenario where groomsmen are on a mission to find people, it's realistic to capture a shot every 2-3 minutes. Multiply that 2-3 minutes by 30 photographs and already we are looking at a looooong time.
We can however get a head start on all of this by arranging the shot list in a way to maximise the available time. So for example we start with a bride and groom and the brides parents, we then add the brides siblings. After that we add more of the brides family. When we get to the point where we have all of the brides side, the next shot would be to bring in all of the grooms family so both families are in shot. After this, the brides family can leave and we can start working down from big to small with the grooms family.
Time is precious on your wedding day so it makes sense to work smart.