Must Have Wedding Photo Shots

A list of essential shots you ‘must have’ on your wedding day

Everyone wants a collection of perfect wedding photographs to record their big day and it’s often a good idea to prepare a shot-list beforehand.

Wedding PhotographyYour photographer will probably have a set list to work from but will welcome your input – perhaps you’ve seen a great wedding photo somewhere and want to use the idea yourself; if it’s not a standard shot then put it in your list.

Here’s a list of ‘must-have’ wedding shots for you to consider. Use this guide to create your own personalised shot list.

Don’t print it off ‘as-is’ and hand it to your wedding photographer – he will have seen it many times and will not be impressed! It’s a good idea to use your own shot list as a guide and leave some room for your photographer to use his/her artistic creativity.

Before the Ceremony

  • Bride Putting On Garter With Bridesmaids Looking On
  • Bride In Dressing Room With Mirror
  • Bride Pinning Corsage On Mother
  • Bride Pinning Flower On Father
  • Flower Girl Handing Bouquet To Bride
  • Mother Adjusting Veil
  • Portrait Of Mother and Bride …. Father and Bride
  • Brothers and Sisters and Bride
  • Bride Leaving House
  • Father Helping Bride Into Car
  • Groom tying tie
  • Groom looking into mirror

At The Church

  • Guests Arriving
  • Groom And Groomsmen
  • Groom With Best Man
  • Best Man Adjusting Groom’s Tie
  • Groom And Best Man Checking Their Watches
  • Groom With Best Man And Minister
  • Groom And Best Man Looking At Wedding Rings
  • Signing Marriage Certificate
  • Bride And Bridesmaids In Vestibule
  • Bride’s Mother On Usher’s Arm
  • Other People Being Accompanied Down Aisle

During The Ceremony

  • Bride Being Taken Down Aisle By Father
  • Father Giving Away Bride

After The Ceremony At Church

  • Bride And Groom Coming Down The Aisle
  • Groom Kissing Bride At The Altar (Set Up)
  • Groom Putting Ring On Bride’s Finger (Set Up)
  • Receiving The Ring After Ceremony
  • Bride And Groom On The Steps Of Church
  • Getting Into Car
  • Shot while seated in the car

Mood Shots In And Around The Church Or Wedding Area Grounds

  • Bridal Party
  • Bridal Party With Brides Parents
  • Bridal Party With Grooms Parents
  • Bridal Party Grandparents
  • Bridal Party Brothers And Sisters
  • Bridal Party Uncles And Aunties
  • Bridal Party With Friends
  • Bridal Party With All Brides Family
  • Bridal Party With All Of Grooms Family

Between The Ceremony And The Reception

  • Outdoor Shots Of Bride And Groom
  • Outdoor Shots Of Wedding Party
  • Shots Of Groom And Best Man
  • Shots Of Bride And Maid Of Honour

At The Reception

  • Receiving Line
  • Wedding Cake (Prior To Being Cut)
  • Guests Signing Book
  • Introduction Of The Wedding Party
  • Wedding Party Toasting Bride And Groom
  • Bride and Groom Toasting Each Other

Dances

  • Bride And Father
  • Groom And Mother
  • Bride And Groom First Dance
  • Bride Showing Rings To Bridesmaids
  • General Dancing Shots

Candid’s Of Wedding Party

  • Flower Girl And Ring Bearer Together
  • Group Family Portraits
  • Bride Throwing Bouquet
  • Groom And Garter
  • Cutting The Cake
  • Bride And Groom Feeding Cake To Each Other
  • Bride And Groom’s Hands With Rings On

Special Requests and list of people the photographer shouldn’t miss!

Make some notes also, for any special requests and a list of people you definitely want your photographer to capture shots of.

List © SWPP