The Essential Wedding Photo List (Free Printable Checklist!)

Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life. But the day itself may feel like it flies by as you marry the one you love! High-quality photos are a great way to preserve memories. This way, you can look back at your special moments through the many happy years to come. You can also share them with your family and friends. But as your wedding day approaches, you may start to worry that you won’t get all of the photos you want!

Don’t let yourself get stressed! Download our wedding checklist to help you plan with your wedding photographer. This list can give you inspiration for pictures in your wedding albums. Working with these ideas will make sure you cover all the angles and will help to relieve the stress of planning. You’ll be sure to get the photos you want with the help of our checklist.

Your Wedding Photo Checklist

Wedding Photo Checklist

Use the checklist to make sure your photographer gets the photos you want!

Getting Ready

    • Close-ups of the bride’s accessories (think the veil, garter, shoes, or jewellery)
    • The wedding dress, hanging up on a decorative hanger or draped over a chair
    • Getting dressed, a closeup of the bride getting zipped or buttoned into her gown
    • Bridesmaids helping the bride with her gown or accessories
    • Bride hugging her parents, either as a candid or a posed shot
    • Father of the bride seeing his daughter as a bride for the first time
    • Shot of the bride touching up her makeup
    • Get the bride’s reflection in the mirror for an interesting shot
    • Bride with the maid of honour and her wedding party, either a shot of laughter or tears!
    • Leaving for the ceremony, especially if this involves a unique form of transportation
    • Groom and groomsmen getting ready or hanging out with each other. Laughter is great to see in these photos!
    • Groom pinning corsage on his mother or father
    • Groom hugging his parents

The Ceremony

      • Make sure to get a shot of your ceremony site and how you’ve decorated. Include shots both inside and out to remember all the details of your special day!
      • The bride and parents entering the ceremony site together
      • Seating special guests, like the bride and groom’s parents or grandparents
      • The groom and groomsmen, waiting for the bride
      • Maid of honour and bridesmaids walking down the aisle
      • Closeup of the bride before she makes her entrance
      • Bride walking down the aisle
      • The first time the groom sees the bride
      • Bride and groom exchanging vows. Consider a closeup of this important moment as well as a wide shot to include
      • The first kiss as husband and wife
      • Close-up of the rings. Use the bouquet as a backdrop for a beautiful shot

After The Ceremony

      • Greeting guests in the receiving line
      • Candid shots of the bride and groom getting congratulations from family and guests
      • Bride and groom posing on church steps or another place outside the venue
      • If you’ve booked special transportation, like a car or carriage, make sure to get pictures of this important detail!

Don’t forget the posed wedding shots before you move on to the reception! These may also be taken before the ceremony.

      • Full-length shot of bride on her own
      • Shots of the bride and groom together, both posed and more candid
      • Bride with her family
      • Groom with his family
      • Bride and groom with parents
      • Bride and groom with grandparents
      • Bride and groom with wedding party
      • Bride with groomsmen
      • Groom with bridesmaids

The Reception

      • Exterior shot of the reception venue
      • Table setting and centrepieces
      • Decorations in the hall
      • Head table, both with and without the bridal party
      • Place cards on the tables
      • Band or DJ
      • Bride and groom arriving at the venue
      • Guests greeting the bride and groom
      • Bride and groom pictured with their guests at each table
      • Buffet or table service to remember the great meal
      • The first dance
      • Bride dancing with her father
      • Groom dancing with his mother
      • Guests on the dance floor
      • The wedding cake
      • Bride and groom cutting the cake
      • Bride throwing the bouquet
      • Groom tossing the garter
      • Toasts and speeches
      • Sending off the bride and groom at the end of the evening

Photo Styles

Different photograph styles can also give you some ideas about what photos to take. Read on for some popular styles and how you can make these part of your day!

The Classics

This style of photography is timeless and striking. It’s called classic for a reason! Photos in this style are a little formal but will look natural. Black and white or sepia-toned prints are a great way to finish off your classic photos.

You can also ask your photographer for a modern update on classic poses. They’ll make you look beautiful in photos as you go throughout your day.

      • A simple moment as the couple hold hands and walk together
      • Bride and groom gazing into each other’s eyes
      • The bride posing in her gown in the family home
      • The bride’s reflection in a mirror

Candid Photos

Always a popular style, candid photography can bring life to your wedding memories! With some direction, your photographer can make your photos look natural. It’s a great way to showcase your personality as a couple. You’ll look back on your photos and remember how much you enjoyed your day!

      • The couple toasting their future with a glass of champagne
      • A mid-speech shot from the best man or parents
      • In-the-moment shots as the bride and groom greet guests
      • Reactions during the dinner and speeches
      • Getting ready and throwing the bouquet

Artistic

If you want to make your wedding photos unique, you may want a photographer with an artistic touch. Film-inspired editing will give you tasteful shots to remember your day with. Artistic photos allow you to let your love shine through for photos you’ll love.

      • Pick out a quirky location like a coffee shop for a memorable backdrop
      • Have the bride and groom hold hands in a soft-focus romantic shot
      • Shoot the groom’s “first look” at the bride from over the bride’s shoulder
      • Go to a forest or meadow and set the couple in a unique setting
      • Use photoshop to adjust lighting and focus on beautiful photo effects

Nature

Nature can make an excellent backdrop for your photos! Take advantage of the beautiful grounds at your ceremony or reception venue. Or if you’re preparing at home, your lawn and gardens can make for stunning photos.

      • Toss leaves in the air in autumn
      • Brave the cold for a beautiful wintry scene
      • Add seasonal accessories to the gown like a fur stole or mittens
      • Sunny skies? Put the wedding party in matching sunglasses
      • Umbrellas make a great prop on a rainy day. Your photographer may have weather-appropriate props at the ready

Planning on travelling for an autumn wedding? Check out this post on where to go for the best autumn colours to discover nature-focused destinations which highlight autumn’s colourful bouquet.

Fashion Focus

You spend a lot of time picking out the perfect wedding dress. Why not give it its due in a fashion photo shoot? The bride can be the star of this type of photography.

      • Focus on the gown’s details, like embroidery, buttons, or lace
      • Feature the accessories in a shot, either on their own or in a beautiful setup
      • Shoot the dress from the rear to capture an impressive train or ruffle
      • Get the bride in a fashion-forward pose to showcase the gown
      • Don’t forget to get the groomsmen in a lineup to get their dapper duds

Wrapping it Up

Photos are the best way to preserve memories of your special day! Hopefully, this checklist has given you a few ideas for your photos!

Keep it on hand to make sure your photographer takes pictures of all your important moments. It can also help you communicate how you’d like your photos to look.

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