The Ultimate Wedding Photography Checklist for Couples

The Ultimate Wedding Photography Checklist for Couples

May 02, 2018

After you have found the perfect photographer to capture your wedding day, it is time to discuss what moments are most important for you to have captured! This can be changed up for each individual couple to suit them best. However, we have created the ultimate guide to save you time and from forgetting anyone.

Here you go!

Family Photographs

  • Bride and Groom with the entire family
  • Bride and Groom with (Bride/Groom) parents
  • Bride and Groom with both Bride and Groom parents
  • Bride and Groom with (Bride/Groom/Both) grandparents
  • Bride and Groom with (B/G/Both) siblings
  • Bride and Groom with (B/G/Both) aunts and uncles
  • Bride and Groom with (B/G/Both) cousins
  • Bride and Groom with (B/G/Both) nieces and nephews
  • Bride and Groom with (B/G/Both) dearest family or childhood friends
  • Bride and Groom with (B/G/Both) entire family

Wedding Party Photographs

  • Bride and Groom with the entire wedding party
  • Bride and Groom with wedding party plus flower girl and/or ring bearer
  • Bride and Groom with flower girl or ring bearer
  • Bride with the entire wedding party
  • Groom with the entire wedding party
  • Bride with all bridesmaids
  • Groom with all bridesmaids
  • Bride with groomsmen
  • Groom with groomsmen

Optional / If Applicable

  • B/G/Both with their child(ren)
  • B/G with godparent(s)
  • B/G with godchild(ren)

Before the Ceremony Photographs

  • Bride getting ready
    • Hair
    • Makeup
    • Dress
  • Groom getting ready
    • Getting Dressed
    • Hair
    • Accessories
  • Rings / Dress Hanging / Wedding Bands / Bouquets / Veil
  • Someone doing up Bride’s Dress
  • Mothers reaction to seeing Bride
  • Fathers reaction to seeing Bride
  • Bridesmaids getting ready
  • Groomsmen putting on boutonnieres/ties/bowties

The Ceremony Photographs

  • Location
  • Decoration in the location
  • Grandparents and parents walking down the aisle
  • Bridesmaids walking down the aisle
  • Groomsmen standing at alter
  • Bride walking down the aisle
  • Groom’s reaction to seeing the Bride
  • The bride being given away
  • Vows being recited
  • Exchange of rings
  • The kiss!
  • The couple walking the aisle together

The Reception Photographs

  • Location
  • Decoration in location
  • The cake
  • Signing of Guestbook
  • Guests arriving
  • B and G arriving and entering
  • Special Dances
  • Musical guests/entertainers
  • Speeches (wedding party, Bride and Groom, family)
  • Wedding party dancing
  • Cutting of the cake
  • Games
  • Bouquet Toss
  • Bride and Groom leaving – transportation

Make sure you edit this list to suit your personal needs and desires. Also be sure to prioritize the photos you want to be taken, just in case time gets cut short for any reason. Every family is different, as is every wedding. Stay in communication with your photographer about what is most important to you.

Pro Tip: Photos with children in it are usually captured first, so you do not have to worry about finding them later to gather them for a photo.

Questions the Photographer may ask:

  • Are there any special family dynamics we should be aware of? – Stepparents, separated parties, etc.
  • Are there any surprises that we need to be aware of? – surprise notes, letters, gifts to family members or each other that you want to be photographed (and feel free to contact the photographer separately about surprises)

Written by S. Moore, a wedding photographer for Bridalosophy



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