A big chunk of your wedding budget goes to your wedding photography. So you want to make sure that the most important aspects of your special day are captured by the lens. It is always expected that some stolen and candid shots will come into play but you know, you’d love to set expectations. What photos should be prioritized, when to take group and family photos, where should the photographer hang out most of the time.
Couture bouquet by EightTreeStreet
This is especially true for brides who are doing a do-it-yourself wedding. Whether you’re hiring a professional photographer or a relative who is just starting in photography, below is a helpful photo checklist that we have come up with to ensure that the camera doesn’t miss the action when and where it is happening during the wedding.
- Bride’s Wedding Footwear
- Wedding Rings
- Bride’s Dress, hanging up
- Bride, looking at her wedding dress
- Wedding Decors: wedding bouquet and ceremony accessories
- Bride, as she gets ready
- Groom, as he gets ready.
- Bridesmaid helping the bride put on the wedding dress and veil.
- Bridesmaids and Groomsmen during the Bridal Procession.
- Bride and her father as they walk down the aisle.
- Groom, as he waits for the bride.
- Bride and Groom, as they recite their vows
- The couple, as they exchange rings
- Couple’s first kiss after saying their “I Dos”
- Announcement of the new Mr. and Mrs.
- The couple, as they sign the Marriage License
- Bride and Groom with the Wedding Officiant
- Bride with her parents
- Bride with her mother
- Bride with her father
- Bride with her siblings
- Bride with her whole family
- The couple with the bride’s parents
- The couple with the groom’s parents
- Groom with his parents
- Groom with his mother
- Groom with his father
- Groom with his siblings
- Groom with his siblings
- The couple with the flower girls and ring bearers
- Bride with her bridesmaids
- The couple with the Bridesmaids
- Groom with Groomsmen
- The couple with the Groomsmen
- The couple with all the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
- Bride with Maid of Honor
- Groom with Best Man
- Portraits: Bride’s solo photo, Groom’s solo photo and the couple’s photo
- Wedding Reception venue
- Wedding linen ensemble (tablecloths, chair covers, table centerpieces, table tags, wedding favors)
- Wedding Cake
- Groom’s Cake (if available)
- The ceremonial toast
- The couple, while doing the ceremonial cake-cutting
- The couple’s first dance
- Bride and her father dancing
- Groom and his mother dancing
- Bouquet Toss
- Garter Toss
- The couple as they drive away.
Instead of wandering around and guessing what pictures deserve a spot on your wedding photo album, keeping this list of must-have shots is always handy. The list can grow based on the type of photos that you want to capture. This checklist makes a good starting place though. Here are some great examples.
Beach Wedding photo by TropicPic
Don’t forget to snap a photo of the wedding cake table. (By Artisan Cake Company)
Make sure to capture the look of your beautiful wedding venue and linens.