Wedding Photography Checklist

Posted by on Jan 8, 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

We’ll want to make sure that we capture every single important detail of your wedding day that you or your guests will someday treasure. To help us do this right, please provide a list of shots that are essential to you and yours. Here is a list that can be used as a starting point. Make sure to create a list of guests that the photographer shouldn’t miss, preferably including a seating chart.


Wedding Preparation Photography Moments

___ Big picture view of the wedding preparation location(s)

___ Candid shots of the Bride and Bridesmaids upon arrival

___ Bride and Bridesmaids doing hair

___ Bride and Bridesmaids putting on makeup

___ Bride pinning corsage on her mother

___ Bride pinning boutonniere on her father

___ Bride bonding with her parents

___ Bride touching up

___ Bride facing out northern most window

___ Bride walking down stairs

___ Bride with Maid of Honor getting ready together

___ Wedding dress by itself

___ The Bride’s shoes, garter & veil

___ Bride putting on the wedding dress

___ Mother of the Bride fastening the Bride’s necklace

___ Bride and Bridesmaids having fun

___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony

___ Groom fixing Hair

___ Groom tying tie

___ Best Man pinning boutonniere on the Groom

___ Groom pinning corsage on his mother

___ Groom pinning boutonniere on his father

___ Groom and Groomsmen having fun

___ Groom hugging parents

___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony

___ Preparation of the ceremony site (flowers, ribbons, etc.)


Wedding Ceremony Photography Moments


___ Big picture view of the outside of the ceremony site

___ Guests walking into ceremony site

___ Bride and her father entering ceremony site

___ Guests being seated

___ Families and friends in their seats

___ Maid of honor walking down the aisle

___ Bridesmaids walking down the aisle

___ Flower girl(s) walking the isle tossing petals

___ Ring bearer walking the isle with ring

___ Groom waiting for Bride

___ Ceremony musician(s)

___ Ceremony Officiant(s)

___ Altar or canopy during ceremony

___ Close up of Bride, just before her entrance

___ Bride and her father walking down aisle

___ Groom seeing Bride for first time

___ Groom over the shoulder shot of Bride (& Vis Versa)

___ Bride’s father and Bride hugging at end of aisle

___ Shot of the audience from the Bride and Groom’s point of view

___ The unity ceremony(s)

___ Bride and Groom saying the vows

___ Close up of hands

___ Bride & Groom’s first kiss as Husband and Wife

___ Bride & Groom walking up the aisle

___ Receiving line

___ Bride & Groom outside of ceremony site

___ Guests throwing confetti/rose petals/birdseed

___ Bride & Groom hugging guests, laughing, getting congratulations

___ Bride & Groom getting in vehicle

___ Bride & Groom seated inside vehicle


Wedding Party and Family Photography Poses

___ Bride alone (full length and close ups)

___ Bride with Maid of Honor

___ Bride with Bridesmaids

___ Groom with Bridesmaids

___ Groom with Groomsmen

___ Bride with Groomsmen

___ Bride with parents

___ Groom with Groomsmen & fathers

___ Bride with Bridesmaids & mothers

___ Bride with mother & father

___ Bride with grandparents

___ Groom with mother & father

___ Groom with grandparents

___ Bride & Groom together

___ Bride & Groom with all parents

___ Bride & Groom with families

___ Bride & Groom with entire wedding party

___ Bride & Groom with flower girl and ringbearer

___ Groom with parents

___ Groom with best man


Wedding Reception Photography Moments

___ Outside of reception site

___ Bride & Groom arriving

___ Bride & Groom greeting guests

___ Table centerpieces

___ Flowers and decorations

___ Table setting

___ Bride & Groom’s table (head table)

___ Musicians or DJ

___ Guest book before and while being signed by guests

___ Place card table

___ Closeup of bride and groom’s place card

___ Wedding cake

___ Gift table

___ Decorations

___ Guests at each table

___ The buffet or, if having table service, a dinner serving

___ Interactions between guests

___ Bride & Groom’s first dance

___ Bride & father dancing

___ Groom & mother dancing

___ Everyone dancing

___ Small children dancing with Bride & Groom

___ Bride & Groom talking with guests

___ Bride & Groom cutting the cake

___ Bride & Groom feeding each other cake

___ Wedding Party giving toasts and speeches

___ Bride & Groom while speeches are being given

___ Bride & Groom toast

___ Bride & Groom drinking champagne

___ Signing the marriage license

___ Bride throwing bouquet

___ Groom retrieving garter

___ Groom tossing garter

___ Garter/Bouquet dance

___ The getaway car

___ Bride & Groom leaving party

___ Bride & Groom driving away “Just Married”