Wedding Day Photo List Suggestions

April 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Wedding Planning

Photography is one of the most important elements of your wedding day and getting the right shots to capture those all important memories and details is a must.  It’s a good idea work with your photographer to create a list of  must have wedding day shots you want them to get, to ensure that no moment is missed.  To help you along the way, here is a list of suggested photos that you can use to create your own wedding day photography must have shot list!

Getting Ready

Those important getting ready shots that detail everything from the dress on the hanger, to laughing with your Mum and Bridesmaids!  Typically these are much less formal in style with a reportage feel with black and white shots proving very popular.

  • Close-Ups: Bouquet, Shoes, Dress
  • Close-Ups: Jewellery, Tiara
  • Bride Getting Dressed
  • Bride & Mum
  • Bride & Dad
  • Bride & Parents
  • Bridesmaids & Bride
  • Bride & Flower Girls/Page Boys
  • Portraits: Bride, Bridesmaids
  • Bride & Dad Leaving
  • Close-Ups: The Car, Ribbon
  • Mum & Bridesmaids In Car
  • Bride & Dad In Car
  • Various Candid Shots Throughout

The Ceremony

From the Venue to the pre-ceremony shots of the grooms and groomsmen, think of capturing the precious moments of exchanging vows to fun, candid shots of guests showering the bride and groom with confetti.

  • Venue Outside
  • Venue Inside
  • Close-ups: Flowers, Button Holes, Order of Service/Day, Chair Bows
  • Musicians
  • Groom & Best Man
  • Groom & Groomsmen
  • Candid Shots Of Groom
  • Groom & Parents
  • Guests Arriving
  • Grooms Parents Being Seated
  • Arrival of Mum & Bridesmaids
  • Arrival Of Wedding Car
  • Groom Waiting For Bride
  • Bride & Dad Walking Down Aisle
  • Bride & Groom Exchange Vows
  • Exchange Of Rings
  • Signing Of The Register
  • First Kiss As Husband & Wife
  • Shots Of Guests Throughout The Ceremony
  • Bride & Groom Recessional (Leaving Ceremony)
  • Guests Throwing Confetti
  • Bride & Groom Inside Venue
  • Bride & Groom Outside Venue
  • Bride & Groom Receiving Congratulations
  • Bride & Groom In Wedding Car

Formal Shots

Not to be forgotten, formal posed shots are still a must have for your wedding.  Although reportage shots are fabulous to create a candid feel to your wedding photographs, the line-ups are still a great way to ensure you capture photos with you, your new husband and the close people in your life.  To help your photographer make a list of the people you want to include in the formal line up photos and nominate a person from the wedding party to assist in coordinating getting everyone to the photographs on time.

  • Bride Alone
  • Groom Alone
  • Bride with Maid of Honor
  • Bride with Bridesmaids
  • Bride With Page Boys/Flower Girls
  • Groom with Bridesmaids/Maid Of Honour
  • Bride With Parents
  • Groom With Parents
  • Bride & Groom Together
  • Bride & Groom With Bride’s Parents
  • Bride & Groom With Grooms Parents
  • Bride & Groom With Both Sets Of Parents
  • Bride & Groom With Brides Immediate Family
  • Bride & Groom With Grooms Immediate Family
  • Bride & Groom With Brides Extended Family
  • Bride & Groom With Grooms Extended Family
  • Bride & Groom with Entire Wedding party
  • Bride & Groom with Flower Girl /Page Boys
  • Groom with Best man
  • Groom with Groomsmen
  • Bride With Groom & Best Man
  • Bride & Groom With Maid Of Honour/Bridesmaids
  • Bride & Groom With Close Friends
  • Bride & Groom With Entire Wedding Guest Group.


Typically the time for the formal line up shots, the wedding reception photographs are typically a combination of close friends and family with the bride and groom, the wedding breakfast and candid shots of pre-wedding breakfasts drinks and canopies upon arrival at the reception venue.  We’ve done the formal line up shots but there are a few others to consider including cutting the cake to the first dance.

  • Reception Venue Outside
  • Reception Venue Inside
  • Close-Ups: Wedding Cake, Favours, Table Decor, Bride & Groom Place Cards
  • Musicians
  • Candid Shots Of Guests Drinking Champagne
  • Bride & Groom Greeting Guests/Receiving Line
  • Bride & Groom Entrance To Wedding Breakfast
  • Top Table Entrance
  • Bride & Groom Being Seated
  • Bride & Groom Cutting The Cake
  • Toasting Bride & Groom
  • Father Of The Bride During Speech
  • Groom During Speech
  • Best Man During Speech
  • Bride & Groom First Dance
  • Best Man & Maid Of Honour Dance
  • Parents Joining First Dance
  • Bride & Father Dance
  • Guests Signing Guest Book
  • Bride Tossing The Bouquet
  • Candid Shots Of Bride & Groom With Guests
  • Candid Shots Throughout Reception

The choice of photographs is endless but the list will give you a good starting point to create your own wedding day photo shot list to make sure that you capture every detail that you worked so hard on and can look back over years to come!

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