As your big day starts to draw ever closer, you might think your wedding photographer is something you can tick off the wedding checklist as you have booked a professional that you trust and whose style you love.
However, to help your photographer capture all your must-have wedding pictures, it’s useful to give them a wedding photo checklist to ensure you have treasured pictures of all your loved ones, especially those that might not fall into the traditional groups a photographer would naturally think to photograph.
If you have specific group shots that you want on the day or even a must-have photo as a newly married couple that you don’t want to miss then then make sure you get each of these noted down to give to your wedding photographer before the wedding day.
Read the essential information below which explains the key moments you really won’t want to miss on your big day and don’t miss our complete 121 point checklist for you to download in a handy PDF.
Wedding Photo Checklist: The Essentials
The wedding day might not officially start until after midday but consider having your photographer there to capture the build up and all that prepartion you and your family are putting in on the morning of the wedding.
You’ll be surrounded by a mixture of emotions during the run up to your big moment, so consider having your photographer snap images of you getting ready, having your hair and make-up done and sipping champagne with your bridesmaids.
You may want a few images taken of your wedding dress on a hanger, or even better the moment when you put on your wedding dress.
Remember to have the photographer capture images of the groom getting ready too.
Your family are likely to have played a key role in your wedding planning and on this day especially, it’s great to show your appreciation for all they time, love and help they have given to you. So why not arrange to have a few family shots taken of you with your parents or siblings before you walk down the aisle.
If you’ve booked wedding transport to take you to the ceremony then be sure to have this photographed. After all, it is playing an important role in your day (and probably cost you a fair bit of money!).
At the Venue
One of your last shots as a single lady! Havea photograph taken just before you walk into your venue and walk down the aisle.
From walking down the aisle to signing the register, the ceremony will go by in a flash. Make sure your photographer catches all these essestial moments so you can remember them forever.
Walking Down the Aisle
This is a happy time that is full of emotions and is one of the moments that brides say fly past in a blur, so have your photographer there to make that moment last a lifetime.
The Vows and Exchanging Rings
One of the most meaningful parts of your ceremony will be the moment you say your vows and exchange rings so catch this moment on camera.
By the way, a separate image of the rings alone is also a good idea.
If you’ve asked friends or family members to do readings then it would be great to have them photographed so you remember every detail of your ceremony.
The First Kiss
An image of your first kiss as husband and wife is a given, so be sure to have this on your list.
Signing the Register
It all becomes official when you sign on the dotted line! Make sure your photographer captures a clear shot of you and your chosen witnesses.
A couple of images of you walking back down the aisle after your nuptials or you both standing outside the church being covered with confetti is a must.
You spend the majority of your time (and probably your budget!) planning the reception so ensure your wedding photographer captures all those little details and special moments, from your decor to your speeches.
Following on from the end of your wedding ceremony, as newlyweds you’ll probably want some images alone, so arrange some time to have ‘couple only’ shots directly after your wedding ceremony but before your wedding reception.
These can go on forever. The answer? Be very specific with your photographer regarding group images that you’d like captured; to ensure that there is enough time between the ceremony and when you sit down for the wedding breakfast.
You would have spent hours organising your wedding reception, so add table decorations, centrepieces, the table plan, wedding favours, the cake on its own and any other details that you’d like photographed to the list.
The Speeches and Toast
The speeches are usually an emotional, sometimes comical part of the day, so have these captured on camera, as well as the toast to the bride and groom.
Cutting the Cake
Always a memorable part of the day for the guests and the newlywed couple.
The First Dance
Another essential part of the wedding celebration that will be remembered by the couple for years to come.
The Complete Photo Ideas List
Your photographer may have their own photo list and but our ultimate 121 point checklist is great for discussing all the shots you want them to take and will cover anything they might have missed.
We’ve added a PDF of the checklist for you to download at the bottom, with space to write any extra photos you think of.
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1. Dress hanging up
2.Close-up of bouquet
3.Close up of rings
4.Close up of shoes, jewellery and accessories
5.Bride in dressing gown
6.Bride with mother
7.Bride getting ready with bridesmaids
8.Bride talking to flower girls
9.Bride drinking champagne
10.Bride getting hair done
11.Bride having final touches of make-up applied
12.Mother of bride fastening bride’s dress
13.Bride having dress arranged
14.Bride’s reflection in mirror when she sees herself in her dress
15.Father of the bride seeing her for the first time
16.Bride walking down the stairs of the hotel
17.Bridal party walking down the stairs
18.Bride getting into the car
19.Groom with father
20.Groom with groomsmen
21.Groom finishing getting ready, eg fastening flower into button hole
22.Exterior of venue
23.Groom talking to best man outside venue
24.Venue filled with guests
25.Groom waiting at the front
26.Close up of decorative details, eg flower arrangement
27.Bride’s car arriving
28.Bride getting out of the car
29.Bride with father or escort
30.Groom looking back down the aisle at the bride
31.Bride walking down the aisle (from front)
32.Bride walking down the aisle (from back)
33.Bride walking down the aisle (from side)
34.Guests’ reactions to bride
35.Bridesmaids walking down the aisle
36.Flower girls and page boys walking down the aisle
37.Bride and groom stood side by side
38.Registrar smiling at couple
40.Close up of hymn/song sheets
42.Exchange of vows
43.Close up of ring being placed on bride’s finger
44.Close up of ring being placed on groom’s finger
46.Bride’s parents’ reactions
47.Groom’s parents’ reactions
48.All guests, from bride and groom’s view
49.Signing of register
51.Bride and groom walking back up the aisle together
52.Confetti being thrown over bride and groom
53.Flower girl/pageboy throwing confetti
Friends and Family
54.Bride and groom facing front
55.Bride and groom facing each other
56.Close up of bride and groom facing each other
57.Bride on own
58.Groom on own
59.Bride with mother
60.Bride with father
61.Bride with both parents
62.Groom with mother
63.Groom with father
64.Groom with both sets of parents
65.Bride and groom with bride’s parents
66.Bride and groom with groom’s parents
67.Bride and groom with groom’s close family
68.Bride and groom with bride’s close family
69.Bride and groom with groomsmen
70.Bride and groom with bridesmaids
71.Bride and groom with groomsmen and bridesmaids
72.Bride with bridesmaids
73.Groom with groomsmen
74.Bride with maid of honour
75.Groom with best man
76.Bride and groom with flower girls and page boys
77.Bride being picked up by groom
78.Bride being picked up by groomsmen
79.Groom being picked up by bridal party
80.Bride and groom with friends
81.Youngest and oldest guest together
82.Whole bridal party
83.Bride and groom hugging family and friends
87.Anything that’s been handmade by friends or family
89.Close up of detailing on cake
90.Close up of other detailing, eg bows on chair backs
91.Bride and groom’s place settings
92.Guests standing as bride and groom enter
93.Top table with each person sitting
94.Father of the bride’s speech
95.Best man’s speech
97.Maid of honour’s speech
99.Reactions to speeches
101.Bride throwing bouquet
103.Bride and groom talking to each other
105.Cutting the cake
106.The first dance
107.Bride dancing with friends
108.Groom dancing with friends
109.Bride and groom dancing with friends
110.Bride dancing with father
111.Groom dancing with mother
112.Groom’s parents dancing together
113.Bride’s parents dancing together
116.Bride and groom leaving
The checklist has all 116 photos here…and 5 others we didn’t have room to include in this post. Go ahead and download the complete list.