Wedding,  Wedding Planning

Must-Take Wedding Photo Checklist

Choosing a photographer is one of the first items to tick of on your wedding planning checklist - capturing the smiles, laughter, tears, and dancing is a must-have. The big question is "which shots are most important"? This is entirely up to you. Even if you find a wedding photographer that you feel works well with your personality, don't assume that your photographer knows exactly what you want. This is something that you will need to communicate with them on your first meeting.

When you first sit down to start working out what shots you want for your wedding day it can be overwhelming. Here is a list over common wedding shots to help you start the process of creating your unique wedding shot checklist. If you think of a few shots that you would like to add to the common shots listed below, download and print my ultimate wedding photographer checklist and add your unique shots for your wedding day. Once you have all the shots you want for your big day, be sure to share it with your photographer so that they know what you want.

Pre-Ceremony

  •    The bride hanging out with her bridal party
  •    The bride getting her hair and makeup done
  •    The bride putting on her dress
  •    Stills of the bride's dress, shoes, headpiece, jewellery, and bouquet
  •    The bride pinning a boutonniere on her dad
  •    The bride putting a corsage on her mom
  •    The bridal party leaving for the ceremony

Ceremony

  •    Interior and exterior shots of the venue
  •    The bride and her dad arriving
  •    The wedding party arriving
  •    The guests arriving
  •    The groom and his best man at the altar
  •    The altar
  •    The bridal party walking down the aisle
  •    The bride and her dad walking down the aisle
  •    The bride's mom walking down the aisle
  •    The groom's mom and dad walking down the aisle
  •    The bride's and groom's grandparents walking down the aisle
  •    The groom's reaction to seeing the bride
  •    The bride's dad giving her away
  •    The person doing the readings
  •    The bride and groom listening to the officiant
  •    The unity candle lighting
  •    The bride and groom during the vow exchange
  •    The bride's and groom's parents watching from their seats
  •    The officiant performing the ceremony
  •    The musicians playing
  •    The newlyweds exchanging a kiss
  •    The moment right after the kiss
  •    The bride and groom walking up the aisle as newlyweds
  •    The bride and groom greeting the crowd
  •    The crowd performing the exit toss
  •    The bride and groom leaving for the reception

Cocktail Hour & Reception

  •    The interior and exterior of the reception space
  •    A close-up of a place setting
  •    The escort card table
  •    The band or DJ
  •    The cocktail hour (including eating, drinking, and chatting)
  •    The wedding party making their entrance
  •    The bride and groom making their entrance
  •    The bride and groom greeting guests
  •    The cake table
  •    The bride and groom's first dance
  •    The bride dancing with her dad
  •    The groom dancing with the bride's mom
  •    The bride dancing with the groom's dad
  •    The groom dancing with his mom
  •    The guests dancing
  •    The best man's toast
  •    The other toasts
  •    The cake cutting and the bride and groom feeding each other
  •    The bride throwing her bouquet
  •    The groom removing the bride's garter
  •    The garter toss
  •    The bride and groom leaving the reception
  •    Candid shots of guests
  •    The bride and groom with guests throughout evening

Portraits and Group Shots

  •    The bride and groom (various shots)
  •    The bride in her dress
  •    The bride with her maid of honour
  •    The bride with her bridesmaids
  •    The groom with the best man
  •    The groom with the groomsmen
  •    The bride with her entire family
  •    The bride with her immediate family
  •    The bride with her parents
  •    The bride with her mother
  •    The bride with her father
  •    The groom with his entire family
  •    The groom with his parents
  •    The groom with his mother
  •    The groom with his father
  •    The groom with his immediate family
  •    The bride and groom with the wedding party
  •    The bride and groom with the bride's entire family
  •    The bride and groom with the bride’s immediate family
  •    The bride and groom with the groom's entire family
  •    The bride and groom with the groom’s immediate family
  •    The bride and groom with the bride's grandmother
  •    The bride and groom with the groom's grandparents

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