Wedding Photos Checklist - 121 Must Have Photo Ideas

Capture the most important memories on your special day. Download our easy to use checklist so your photographer does not miss any moments

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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 natually think to photograph.

Wedding photo checklist

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

Pre-wedding

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.

Wedding photographer checklist

Getting Ready

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.

Family Shots

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.

Transport

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.

The Ceremony

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.

Wedding photo checklist

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.

The Readings

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.

The Newlyweds

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.

The Reception

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.

Wedding photo checklist

Couple Shots

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. 

Group Shots

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.

The Details

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.

Download the PDF

Pre-ceremony

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

The Ceremony

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

39

Guests singing

40

Close up of hymn/song sheets

41

Readings

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

45

First kiss

46

Bride’s parents’ reactions

47

Groom’s parents’ reactions

48

All guests, from bride and groom’s view

49

Signing of register

50

Guests applauding

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

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Bride and groom facing each other

56

Close up of bride and groom facing each other

57

Bride on own

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Groom on own

59

Bride with mother

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Bride with father

61

Bride with both parents

62

Groom with mother

63

Groom with father

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Groom with both sets of parents

65

Bride and groom with bride’s parents

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Bride and groom with groom’s parents

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Bride and groom with groom’s close family

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Bride and groom with bride’s close family

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Bride and groom with groomsmen

70

Bride and groom with bridesmaids

71

Bride and groom with groomsmen and bridesmaids

72

Bride with bridesmaids

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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

The Party

84

Empty venue

85

Table decorations

86

Party favours

87

Anything that’s been handmade by friends or family

88

Cake

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

96

Groom’s speech

97

Maid of honour’s speech

98

Bride’s speech

99

Reactions to speeches

100

The toast

101

Bride throwing bouquet

102

Guests applauding

103

Bride and groom talking to each other

104

Guests talking

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

114

Guests dancing

115

The band/DJ

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.



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