top of page
  • weddingplannerbre

Photo List for your Wedding Day

There are so many moments to capture throughout a wedding day between getting ready, the ceremony, and even the reception. Is there a way to make sure that the photos you truly want get taken?

A suggested wedding photo list is a great way to make sure that your photographer is aware of the shots you really want them to take so that they can allot time for it. The list is generally suggested because the images will vary depending on the photographer you chose and their style as well as the amount of time you’ve hired them for. You can’t expect the photographer to capture an image of the guests dancing when you haven’t hired them to stay at the wedding that long. Don’t worry though because any great professional photographer will take your list into account and work with you to find a way to get those shots done!

The list below is very vast and includes a lot of images. It may not be realistic to ask your photographer to shoot all of them, however find the ones that you would like the most and ask your photographer nicely if they can be sure to include the really important ones.

Suggested Photo List Ideas

Getting ready:

  1. Bride’s dress hanging somewhere such as a wardrobe or over a chair

  2. Bridesmaids helping get the bride ready

  3. Bride and bridesmaids getting dressed

  4. Mom helping bride with a finishing detail such as putting on the veil

  5. Full length shot of bride in the mirror

  6. Clothing details including dress, shoes, garter, etc.

  7. Bride with parents and/or grandparents when they see her for the first time in her dress

  8. Bride with siblings when they see her for the first time in her dress

  9. Bride with bridesmaids

  10. Bride with Maid of Honor

  11. Groom getting ready

  12. Groom getting ready with groomsmen

  13. Groom getting ready with his dad (maybe dad is helping tie the tie)

  14. Groom with parents and/or grandparents when they see him for the first time all dressed up

  15. Groom with siblings when they see him for the first time all dressed up

  16. Groom with groomsmen

  17. Groom with Best Man

  18. Groom & groomsmen putting on their boutonnieres

  19. Father/Daughter first look

  20. Bride and Groom first look

  21. Intimate shots just before the ceremony of the Bride and Groom (separately or together if there is a first look)

  22. Groom getting ready for ceremony go time

  23. Bride getting ready for ceremony go time

  24. Bride and groom (together or separately) heading to the ceremony


  1. Guests arriving

  2. Ushers seating guests

  3. Ushers seating family

  4. The grandparents/parents/others walking into the ceremony down the aisle

  5. The groom walking down the aisle

  6. The groom nervously waiting for his bride

  7. Bridesmaids and groomsmen walking down the aisle

  8. Maid of Honor and Best Man walking down the aisle

  9. Flower girl and ring bearer walking down the aisle

  10. Wedding party waiting at the altar

  11. Bride w/ dad walking down the aisle

  12. Bride and groom at the altar

  13. Altar from the back with guests in background during the ceremony

  14. Faces during the vow exchange

  15. The first kiss (ask the officiant to move out of the way)

  16. Bride and groom during recessional (walking up the aisle after ceremony)

  17. Bride and groom outside of ceremony site

  18. Congrats shots after the ceremony (bride and groom hugging, etc.)

  19. Bride and groom leaving ceremony site

Cocktail Hour/Photo Hour:

(Some of these can be taken before the ceremony, especially if there is a first look.)

  1. Bride & groom shots

  2. Bride with her parents

  3. Bride with her siblings

  4. Bride with immediate family

  5. Bride with all family

  6. Groom with his parents

  7. Groom with his siblings

  8. Groom with immediate family

  9. Groom with all family

  10. Bride and groom with all parents

  11. Bride and groom with groomsmen

  12. Bride with groomsmen

  13. Groom with groomsmen

  14. Bride and groom with bridesmaids

  15. Groom with bridesmaids

  16. Bride with bridesmaids

  17. Entire wedding party

  18. Bride and groom with flower girl and ring bearer


  1. Shot from outside of reception entrance

  2. Reception detail shots (tables, place settings, place cards, decorations, centerpieces, favors, etc.)

  3. Bride and groom arriving to reception

  4. Bride and groom entering reception

  5. Wedding party introductions

  6. Bride and groom at head or sweetheart table

  7. Parents table

  8. Guests table

  9. Bride and groom during dinner

  10. Guests during dinner

  11. Bride and groom chatting with guests

  12. Bride and groom’s first dance

  13. Father and daughter dance

  14. Mother and son dance

  15. Money dance

  16. Honeymoon dance

  17. Any games happening (example: the shoe game)

  18. Parents dancing

  19. Bride and groom dancing

  20. Wedding party dancing

  21. Guests dancing

  22. Musicians or DJ in action

  23. Cake table

  24. Cake cutting

  25. Bride and groom feeding each other cake

  26. Bouquet toss

  27. Garter toss

  28. Bride and groom exiting the wedding

  29. Bride and groom waving goodbye from car

  30. Rear of car departing

  31. Parents during the exit moment

Upcoming Blogs:

Friday: Engagement & Wedding Rings

Tuesday: 5 Wedding Must Haves

0 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page