Actual Wedding Day Photo Checklist You Should Give Your Wedding Photographer

By Dean Gravina
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Planning your wedding can be really stressful. You have to choose the right venue, what theme you’re going to use, the perfect decors, what food and drinks you’re going to serve and who to get them from. In addition, you also have to find the right baker to make your cake, where to get your flowers, and who will design your dress or suit. On top of that, you have to create the perfect seating arrangement! But, these can all be settled if you get a wedding planner. However, there’s one thing your planner don’t have full control of – your wedding photographer. That’s why we’ve come up with a photo checklist you should give your wedding photographer.


It’s undeniable that you need professionals to cover your wedding day. If you want to save as much of the precious moments on your big day as you can, you will need an experienced wedding photographer to capture them. By hiring professionals, you can turn your happiest day into memories that you can look back on and cherish for the rest of your life! But, not all wedding photography package can guarantee you the results you want. And, even with your wedding planner calling all the shots, there’s just no saying that your photographer can meet all that you are expecting… well, not unless you say it directly to your wedding photographer. And, the best way to do that is through our checklist.


Your Wedding Day Photo Checklist:

  • Shot of your wedding invitations
  • Shot of the wedding rings

  • Entourage (bridesmaids, maid of honour, best man and groomsmen) getting ready
  • Bride getting hair and makeup done
  • Groom getting ready
  • Shot of the wedding dress, jewellery, shoes, and other accessories of the bride and groom
  • Bouquets and corsages

  • Putting on the veil with the help of the bride’s mother or bridesmaids
  • Bridal party sharing laughter and having fun
  • Close up of the details of the dress

  • Bride and groom putting on their jewellery/accessories
  • Putting on shoes
  • Bride holding bouquet
  • Bride with her mother
  • Bride with her father
  • Family shots
  • Bride spending her moment alone
  • Groom spending his moment alone
  • Bridal party walking down the stairs or leaving the house
  • Bride and father walking to the ceremony
  • Shot of the wedding car
  • Shot of bride inside the wedding car
  • Shot of bride as she arrived in the venue with the wedding car
  • Bride stepping out of the car
  • Shots of the venue, including flowers, exterior, and interior details
  • Groom with groomsmen waiting for the bride to enter
  • Guests in the venue
  • Bride and bridesmaids at the back of the venue / at the entrance
  • Bridal party entrance
  • Bride walking up the aisle
  • Shot of the groom’s reaction as he sees the bride
  • Parents giving the bride away
  • Exchange of vows

  • Shot of the ring bearer
  • The lighting of the unity candle
  • Exchange of rings
  • Shots of the participants (readers, musician, officiant, etc.)
  • First kiss as a married couple
  • Signing the register
  • Newlywed shot
  • Confetti throwing
  • Greeting guests outside the venue
  • Bride and groom in the back seat of their wedding car
  • Portraits of the couple alone
  • Solo portrait of the bride
  • Solo portrait of the groom
  • Couple with entourage

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  • Bride with the maid of honour/bridesmaids
  • Groom with best man/groomsmen
  • Couple with each set of parents
  • Couple with both sets of parents
  • Couple with their siblings
  • Couple with their close family members (grandparents, aunts and uncle, cousins, etc.)
  • Shots with the couples friends
  • Shots of guests crying, laughing, drinking, chatting, and eating
  • Bride with a specific group of friends (school mates, sporting teammates, college friends)
  • Groom with a specific group of friends
  • Bride dancing with father
  • Groom dancing with mother
  • First dance as a couple
  • Cutting the cake
  • Toasts and speeches
  • Wedding cake shots, showing details
  • Shots of the room decor, table settings, party favours, centrepieces, place cards, etc.

  • Reception set up
  • Couple mingling with guests
  • Guests dancing
  • DJ, host or singer

(Note: Take in mind that this is just a list that you can use as a starting point. You won’t probably need all on this photo checklist as they may not apply to you. Now, if there are extra shots that we’ve missed, feel free to add them! We have designed this list simply to serve as a template that you can expand and edit as you wish!)


With our actual wedding day photo checklist, you can simply tick on the shots you want to have on your big day and give it to your photographer. This way, you won’t forget anything and more importantly, the photographer won’t miss any of what you ask. With our list, you can finally see how the wedding of your dreams turned into a reality – just how you’ve always imagined it to be.


Now, every professional wedding photographer has their own list of the most important moments to take. But, by having your own, you can have certain elements or people included in their list. Now, make sure to talk with your photographer if they can or cannot take the shot. Communication is key for any photographer to meet your vision.

Article Submitted by: Dean Gravina

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