Do I Really Need A Wedding Photo Checklist?

This might sound like a bit exaggerated but having a wedding day shot list helps as a reminded for you and your photographer.

Think about it like a shopping list so you don't forget anything. Your wedding day only comes once (hopefully) and having photographs of this moments is how you will remember that special day.

This also ensures that 6 months after the wedding you don't find yourselves thinking you would have loved a shot with your aunt, grandma, out of town friend, etc.

Your wedding day photo list should have any important details you want photographed along with a family formals list with names so the photographer can just call out names and get everyone for the shot. 

We always have a mental list that we cover during our wedding but its always to get some input from the couple so we make sure not to forget anything. 

Here is a short list we came up with so you guys can get an idea of what to expect. 

Pre-Ceremony/Getting Ready

Shot of the wedding invite

Bride and bridesmaids getting ready (lots and lots of the them.)

Wedding ring shots

Dress, shoes and accessories

Bouquets and corsages

Bride putting on dress/veil usually with the help of her om or friend

Close up of dress details

Putting on accessories and shoes

Bride and bridal party leaving

Bride and father in wedding car/walking to ceremony

Groom and groomsmen getting ready

Groom putting on tie, watch, etc.

First Look

(if there is one which I absolutely suggest)

Couple Bride's reactions

Groom's reaction

Bridal party reaction 

Wedding Ceremony

Photos of the wedding venue

Groom walking down the aisle

Groom and groomsmen waiting 

Bridal party entrance

Bride walking down the aisle

Groom's reaction

Bride's reaction

Father/mother giving bride away

Ceremony officiant

Vow exchange

Ring bearer giving rings

Ring exchange

First kiss

Couple walking out the aisle

Couple in the back seat of wedding car


Most couples decide to have couple shots and family formals done after the wedding ceremony. This is always a great idea since everyone is already there. Couple portrait sessions usually take around 40 minutes and family formals can me done in about 20-25 minutes. 

Work on a family formals shot list along with specific combinations of people so we get all the shots you guys want. 

Couple portraits (sunset sessions are always a great idea to take advantage of the best lighting possible) 

Bridal party with couple

Couple with bridesmaids

Couple with groomsmen

Bride with bridesmaids

Groom with groomsmen/bestman

Couple with any children in the wedding party. ring bearer, officiant

Couple with each set of parents

Couple with both sets of parents

Couple with siblings

Couple with close family members

Shots with friends 

Wedding Reception

The reception space set up

Details and decor

Wedding cake

Couple entrance

Toasts and speeches

Cake cutting

First dance

Father and bride dance

Groom dancing with mother

Couple partying!!!

Guests partying

Musicians, singers, DJ

Most of this you already knew but it is always helpful to see everything written down. If you take one thing out of this is working on a family formal shot list to avoid loosing time and most importantly, missing someone important.

We are more than happy to help you out with any questions that come up, so feel free to shoot us a message. 

Enjoy the process and see you at your wedding day!  :)

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