45 Groomsmen (& Groom) Photos You Need to See
It's time to get your wedding party together for photos! Make sure you're ready to go by coming up with ideas for wedding photos ahead of time. Professional photos can be uncomfortable for groomsmen, especially if they're not used to having them taken. Having a few ideas in mind for your groomsmen photos can help your photos go more smoothly. So whether you're a groom, groomsman, or photographer - find some photo inspiration here!
Simple Groomsmen Wedding Party Photo Ideas
Get some inspiration for your groomsmen photos so you’re ready on the big day. These ideas are all simple and easy to pull off. Choose a mixture of posed photos and some candid photo ideas. You might find that you like the goofier candid shots more than the serious posed ones (or vice versa) so having a few different options will be worth it.
Throw at least one serious look in the mix for the guys to look stately. Having them hold their hands in front of them is an easy pose that looks mature and masculine.
Staggering the guys in the photo helps add depth. You can have the groomsmen stand in a couple of rows or in a v shape so they're not just in a line.
Have the guys look like they're celebrating the groom or joking with him. encourage them to goof off during the photo shoot so the photographer can get some candids of them horse-playing with the groom.
Make sure the groom is the focus of the photos. His friends can show their own personalities while they surround him.
A group hug is another fun way to get the groomsmen together in one shot. Plus, this is a wholesome moment for the guys on their friend's big day.
Don't forget the little men! Put your ring bearers in some of the photos with the groomsmen. This is a sweet way to include them and it also livens up your groomsmen photos.
More Creative Groomsmen Group Pose Ideas
Have the guys walk with their arms around each others shoulders. This shows their bond and their camaraderie in a stylish way.
Walking is a great idea for groomsmen photos. Instead of standing still and worrying about their poses and faces, a walking shot puts them at ease and looks more natural.
Letting the guys wear sunglasses can add a bit of a twist to some of your groomsmen photos.
Some simple poses are easy to add into the mix. If the groomsmen don't know what to do with their hands, consider a prompt. Have them check their watches, adjust their shirts, or inspect their cufflinks.
One of the easiest ways for the guys to show support for their groom in a photo is by having them put their hands on his shoulder. This is a simple pose that can fit everyone in the shot but still has some order.
Funny Groomsmen Photo Ideas for a Good Laugh
“Okay, now a silly one.” Don’t forget to take a few funny photos of the groomsmen. The groom’s best friends are his favorite people to have fun with, so why not get some photos of them having fun? There’s no reason to have 20 photos of them just standing up looking serious together.
Picking up the groom is a great idea for a goofy photo. As the groomsmen coordinate how to lift up their friend there are bound to be some laughs and smiles captured.
The groomsmen can either hold the groom up sideways or they can try to carry him on their shoulders.
You might also want to snap a photo of the groomsmen with the bride. You can get a few normal posed photos but this is also a great opportunity for some silly shots (she’s probably a bit easier to lift anyway).
Another fun groomsman photo idea is to just have the guys roughhouse a little with the groom. If they pull on his shirt, tickle him, or ruffle his hair a bit they're going to be able to show their fun-loving friendship on camera.
Sunglasses are a versatile addition to your groomsmen photos because they can be a prop for goofy photos and a stylish accessory for serious ones. You can even get custom matching ones made as a gift to the groomsmen.
Are the guys drinkers? A fun and nostalgic photo would be them all drinking a beer together or shotgunning a white claw. Just be careful that they don't spill on their fresh suits or drink too heavily before the wedding.
If they can pull it off: throwing the groom up in the air makes for a hilarious action shot. Anything you can task the groomsmen with that will have them laughing for the photos will create a funny groomsmen photo.
Ideas for the Groom + Groomsmen Pair Photos
Get a few one-on-one photos of the groom with each of his groomsmen. These photos will be special memories for each of the groom’s favorite people. He’ll have a photo with his best friend, one with his brother, and more. Plus, these make great gifts for the groomsmen.
Have each groomsman come up with a funny pose to do with the groom. He can jump on his back, just laugh together, or act out an inside joke.
One easy idea is for the groom and his groomsman to perform a secret handshake. Even if they don't have one already they can come up with one for the photo shoot.
A little goofing off is perfect to mix up these photos. Get some normal ones of the groom and his groomsman standing together but after that they can play fight or come up with a silly act.
Let the bromances shine in the one-on-one photos. A fake proposal, kiss on the cheek, or a hug are all great ways to show the boys' love for each other.
Groomsmen + Groom Getting Ready Photos
We’ve seen a lot of cute poses for bridesmaids while they’re getting ready for the wedding but we’ve noticed a lot of people forget the groomsmen. Getting ready before the wedding is a great opportunity for some candid shots of the guys.
Have one of the groomsmen help the groom adjust his cufflinks or tie. Capture this endearing moment on camera as a memory of how much help the groomsmen were on the big day.
As the groom buttons up his suit is a great time to snap a photo of the details of his attire. This is a great opportunity to showcase the ring, his tie, and his accessories.
What else are the groomsmen doing while they're getting ready for the wedding? Are they playing a game together, having a drink, or watching a fun movie? Snap some photos of the groomsmen in between wedding tasks when they're just enjoying each other's company.
Even if the guys are just having a beer together to celebrate the occasion, this can make for a nice photo opportunity.
Getting a snap or two of the groom on his own while he prepares for the wedding is another important task. Get a picture as he's practicing his vows, reading a note from the bride, or putting the final touches on his outfit.
Candid Groomsmen Photos for the Wedding Reception
Reception photos are underrated. The right photographer can get some amazing candid shots of you and all your favorite people having a great time! These photos will look a little less formal but a lot more authentic.
One reason reception photos can be so fun is that the wedding party has had a couple drinks. Make sure to get a photo of the group saying a toast to the bride and groom and drinking to their future happiness.
A few dancing shots are great to remember how everyone was enjoying their night. Play some of the groom's favorite songs with his guys and make sure to capture them dancing together. This is also a great opportunity to get photos of the bride with the groomsmen.
Even just normal posed photos will look more natural at the reception. Why? Because everyone will feel so much more relaxed after the ceremony is over and they have a lot less to worry about.
If you got matching flasks, rocks glasses, or some other fun gifts for the groomsmen, the reception is a great time to get a photo of them in use.
Once the ceremony is out of the way, everyone is going to be having a ton of fun at the reception. Snapping spontaneous photos of the groomsmen having fun together will be easy, especially if you have them sitting next to each other in your wedding seating chart.
Find Picture Ideas & Plan Your Groomsmen Photos
If you're the bride or groom reading this: don't stress! Your photographer will likely have a ton of ideas for your wedding photos. Make sure you choose a photographer whose portfolio looks the way you want your wedding photos to look. Look through some examples like the ones above, Pinterest photos, and photos your photographer has taken for ideas. Jot down the ideas you love and make sure you go over them before the wedding.
Need ideas for bridesmaid photos too? Check out our favorite bridesmaid photo inspiration!