Photography Checklist

By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings

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Your wedding day is one of the most special and memorable days of your life, and capturing those memories through photography is essential. Every detail deserves to be captured beautifully, from the intimate moments during your bridal preparations to the first look with your partner. To ensure that your wedding photographer captures every moment you want, it’s important to create a checklist of the most important shots. In this article, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive bridal photography checklist to help you capture every detail and create memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Bride dressing for ceremony
  • Bride, full-length solo
  • Bride with parents
  • Bride with mother and father separately
  • Bride with grandparents
  • Bride with sisters and brothers
  • Bride with maid of honor
  • Bride with attendants
  • Bride with ring bearer, flower girl
  • Garter being put on
  • Groom, full-length solo
  • Groom with parents
  • Groom with mother and father separately
  • Groom with grandparents
  • Groom with sisters and brothers
  • Groom with best man
  • Groom with groomsmen
  • Groom with bride’s parents being seated for ceremony
  • Bridesmaids walking down the aisle
  • Flower girl, ring bearer walking down the aisle
  • Bride and father approaching altar or canopy
  • Bride’s father giving her hand to groom
  • Exchange of vows
  • Ring ceremony
  • Recessional
  • Formal bride & groom together
  • Newlyweds and parents
  • Newlyweds and entire bridal party
  • Close-ups of bride’s & groom’s hands clasped together
  • Receiving line — guests and bridal party
  • Cake table
  • Bride & groom cutting/feeding each other cake
  • Best man toasting newlyweds
  • Newlyweds toasting each other
  • Cake and punch servers
  • Musicians
  • Newlyweds’ first dance
  • Guests dancing
  • Bride tossing bouquet
  • Groom removing garter
  • Guests throwing rice
  • Newlyweds getting into limousine or car
  • Post-reception party
  • Bride’s mother assisting her into going-away outfit
  • Bride/groom alone with new stepchildren

Rebecca Barnes is the publisher of Brides & Weddings, the trusted local wedding planning guide for more than 25 years. Rebecca is passionate about helping couples plan their dream weddings. Schedule a complimentary wedding planning consultation, call with Rebecca today. 


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