Wedding Photography Checklist

To get the best photos for your wedding album, provide your wedding photographer with a checklist of people and backdrops to capture throughout the wedding ceremony and reception. Toget you started, here are some wedding planning photo ops to incorporate on your wedding photography checklist include:

Before the wedding ceremony:

  • Bride arriving at ceremony site
  • Groom arriving at ceremony site
  • Bride getting dressed with the help of an attendant
  • Groom chatting with groomsmen
  • Bride having her makeup applied
  • Bride with mother
  • Bride prepping for the walk down the aisle

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During the wedding ceremony:

  • Groom and best man near the wedding officiator
  • Parent’s/grandparents being escorted to their seats
  • Bridesmaids/groomsmen walking down the aisle
  • Bride walking down the aisle with father
  • Bride hugging father
  • Groom hugging bride’s father
  • Exchanging of vows/rings
  • Bride and groom embracing with a kiss
  • Bride and groom walking down the aisle together

Posed pictures (some shots can be taken before wedding ceremony or immediately after):

  • Bride in wedding dress
  • Bride with bridesmaids or attendants
  • Bride and maid of honor
  • Bride with groomsmen
  • Bride with both sets of parents (together and individually with wedding photographer)
  • Groom
  • Groom with groomsmen
  • Groom with best man
  • Groom with bridesmaids
  • Groom with both sets of parents (together and individually)
  • Bride and groom
  • Bride and groom with wedding party
  • Bride and groom with both sets of parents (together and individually)
  • Bride and groom with both families

During the wedding reception:

  • Bride and groom’s entrance
  • Wedding party at the head table
  • Panned view of guests at tables
  • Best man toasting bride and groom
  • Additional toasts to the bride and groom
  • Bride dancing with her father
  • Bride and groom’s first dance
  • Guests dancing
  • Bride and groom walking around, greeting guests
  • Wedding cake/grooms cake
  • Bride and groom cutting the cake
  • Bride and groom feeding each other cake
  • Bride tossing the bouquet
  • Groom throwing the garter
  • Bride and groom leaving the reception

Be sure to create your wedding photographer checklist to capture the pictures that will convey the energy and emotion felt during your wedding ceremony and reception. Remember, your wedding pictures will be the go-to resource for reminiscing on the joys and events surrounding your celebration.