Wedding Photo Shot List

This wedding checklist breaks down every single moment you'll want your photographer to capture on your big day.

 

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Photographer: Chrisman Studios

 

Wedding photographs are basically a given, so be prepared to smile a lot on your wedding day (it should come easily!). Ahead, a comprehensive photography shot list, so that no special moment goes uncaptured. 

 

And while you're talking to your photographer about what to take and when, heed these bonus words of advice: To make sure everyone else who needs to smile gets a chance, let your photographer know who your VIPs are; better yet, appoint someone familiar with the crowd to point out who's who so no one is missed. Also give him a heads up on any strained relationships (think divorced parents) who might need to be discreetly separated or photographed in separate group shots.

 

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Pre-Ceremony

  • The bride hanging out with her bridal party
  • The bride getting her hair and makeup done
  • The bride putting on her dress
  • Still lifes of the bride's dress, shoes, headpiece, jewelry, and bouquet
  • The bride pinning a boutonniere on her dad
  • The bride putting a corsage on her mom
  • The bridal party leaving for the ceremony

Ceremony

  • Interior and exterior shots of the venue
  • The bride and her dad arriving
  • The wedding party arriving
  • The guests arriving
  • The groom and his best man at the altar
  • The altar
  • The bridal party walking down the aisle
  • The bride and her dad walking down the aisle
  • The bride's mom walking down the aisle
  • The groom's mom and dad walking down the aisle
  • The bride's and groom's grandparents walking down the aisle
  • The groom's reaction to seeing the bride
  • The bride's dad giving her away
  • The person doing the readings
  • The bride and groom listening to the officiant
  • The unity candle lighting
  • The bride and groom during the vow exchange
  • The bride's and groom's parents watching from their seats
  • The officiant performing the ceremony
  • The musicians playing
  • The newlyweds exchanging a kiss
  • The moment right after the kiss
  • The bride and groom walking up the aisle as newlyweds
  • The bride and groom greeting the crowd
  • The crowd performing the exit toss
  • The bride and groom leaving for the reception

Reception

  • The interior and exterior of the reception space
  • A close-up of a place setting
  • The escort card table
  • The band or DJ
  • The cocktail hour (including eating, drinking, and chatting)
  • The bride and groom making their entrance
  • The bride and groom greeting guests
  • The cake table
  • The bride and groom's first dance
  • The bride dancing with her dad
  • The groom dancing with the bride's mom
  • The bride dancing with the groom's dad
  • The groom dancing with his mom
  • The guests dancing
  • The best man's toast
  • The other toasts
  • The cake cutting and the bride and groom feeding each other
  • The bride throwing her bouquet
  • The groom removing the bride's garter
  • The garter toss
  • The bride and groom leaving the reception
  • The bride and groom getting in the getaway car
  • A close up of the decorated getaway car

Portraits and Group Shots

  • The bride in her dress
  • The bride with her maid of honor
  • The bride with her bridesmaids and the flower girl
  • The groom with the best man
  • The groom with the groomsmen, ushers, and ring bearer
  • The bride with her family
  • The groom with his family
  • The bride and groom with the wedding party
  • The bride and groom with the bride's family
  • The bride and groom with the groom's family
  • The bride and groom with the bride's grandparents
  • The bride and groom with the groom's grandparents
  • The bride with the child attendants
  • The bride with her high school or college friends
  • The groom with his high school or college friends

 

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