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The Ultimate List of Wedding Day Photos

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When it comes to capturing your wedding day, you don’t want to miss a single detail or magical moment. Don’t miss this Ultimate List of Wedding Day Photos to ensure your big day is captured in full!

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Other than you and your love, one of the most important people at your wedding will be your wedding photographer. Whether you choose to give a family member or friend the coveted title or you’re planning to work with a professional, this individual will receive an “all-access” pass to your wedding day. It’s a big role, especially because he or she will be the one to present you with one of the only tangible pieces you will have from your celebration after your day comes to a close – your wedding photographs.

Outside of choosing to work with a photographer whose photography style and personality you love, the best thing to do to ensure you will love your wedding photos is to pre-plan. Think about taking a close look at your photographer’s portfolio from past weddings and ask them to share can’t miss photos they always make sure to capture. Then create your own wedding day shot list of moments and people you want to be captured on film!

Speaking of creating a list of wedding photos you won’t want to miss, we thought we would provide our own inspiration! Below, we’re sharing our own version of the ultimate wedding photography list. From our own experiences and those of couples who have already tied the knot (and been in front of the camera), here are the photos you won’t want to miss on your wedding day! Plus, we’ve included downloadable, printable shot lists that you can share with your shutterbug to ensure every special moment is captured.

The Ultimate Wedding Day Shot List for Amazing Wedding Photos

BRIDE + GROOM:

Get a free printable version of this wedding photo checklist to take with you on the big day. Download the bride + groom wedding day shot list by clicking the button below.

Getting Ready Details: 

  • Wedding Stationery (save-the-date, wedding invitation)
  • Engagement Ring and Wedding Rings
  • Personal Wedding Flowers (bridal bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres)
  • Wedding Dress
  • Bridesmaids’ Dresses
  • Wedding Dress with Bridesmaids’ Dresses
  • Bridesmaids’ Gifts
  • Mothers of the Bride(s) and Groom(s) Gifts
  • Fathers of the Bride(s) and Groom(s) Gifts
  • Gift for the Bride
  • Gift for the Groom
  • Vow Books
  • Groom’s Attire
  • Groomsmen’s Attire
  • Groomsmen’s Gifts

Getting Ready Portraits: 

  • Bride in Hair and Makeup
  • Bridesmaids in Hair and Makeup
  • Bride and Bridesmaids in Getting Ready Outfits
  • Bride and Bridesmaids Champagne Toast
  • Bride Putting on Wedding Dress
  • Bride Putting on Wedding Jewelry and Shoes
  • Bride with Mom
  • Bride with Dad
  • Bride with Siblings
  • Bride with Bridesmaids
  • Bride Alone Fully Dressed with Bouquet
  • Groom Getting Dress
  • Groom Putting on Jacket, Tie, and Cufflinks
  • Parent of Groom Pinning Boutonniere
  • Groomsmen Putting on Jacket, Tie, and Cufflinks
  • Groom and Groomsmen Toast
  • Groom with Mom
  • Groom with Dad
  • Groom with Siblings
  • Groom with Groomsmen
  • Groom Alone Fully Dressed

First Look:

  • Bride First Look with Dad
  • Bride First Look with Mom
  • Bride First Look with Siblings
  • Bride First Look with Siblings
  • Groom First Look with Mom
  • Groom First Look with Dad
  • Groom First Look with Siblings
  • Bride and Groom First Look

Ceremony Details: 

  • Exterior Location Shot
  • Interior Location Shot
  • Ceremony Signs
  • Ceremony Programs
  • Flower Girl Basket
  • Ring Bearer Pillow and/or Sign
  • Altar
  • Aisle Flowers

 Ceremony Portraits: 

  • Officiant
  • Groom Walking to Altar
  • Groomsmen Walking to Altar
  • Seating of Parents
  • Bridesmaids Walking Down Aisle
  • Flower Girl(s) and Ring Bearer(s) Walking Down Aisle
  • Bride and Parent(s) Walking Down Aisle
  • Groom Reaction to Bride Walking Down Aisle
  • Readings/Readers
  • Vows
  • Ring Exchange
  • First Kiss
  • Recessional
  • Bride and Groom Signing Marriage License with Officiant
  • Wedding Ceremony Exit

Couple, Wedding Party, and Family Portraits: 

  • Bride and Groom Formal and Candid Portraits (smiling, kissing, veil tossed in the wind, talking, walking toward the camera, with and without wedding bouquet)
  • Bride with Bridesmaids (group shot)
  • Groom with Bridesmaids (group shot)
  • Bride and Groom with Bridesmaids
  • Individual Portraits of Bride with Each Bridesmaid
  • Groom with Groomsmen (group shot)
  • Bride with Groomsmen (group shot)
  • Groom and Bride with Groomsmen
  • Individual Portraits of Groom with Each Groomsmen
  • Bride with Flower Girl(s)
  • Bride and Groom with Flower Girl(s)
  • Groom with Ring Bearer
  • Bride and Groom with Ring Bearer
  • Bride and Groom with Entire Wedding Party
  • Bride with Mom
  • Bride with Dad
  • Bride with Parents
  • Bride and Groom with Her Parents
  • Bride with Siblings
  • Bride and Groom with Her Siblings
  • Bride with Parents and Siblings
  • Bride and Groom with Parents and Siblings
  • Groom with Mom
  • Groom with Dad
  • Groom with Parents
  • Groom and Bride with His Parents
  • Bride and Groom with Both Sets of Parents
  • Bride with Grandparents (consider doing individual photos with each grandparent too!)
  • Bride and Groom with Her Grandparents
  • Groom with Grandparents (same as above, consider doing individual photos with each grandparent!)
  • Bride and Groom with His Grandparents
  • Bride with Extended Family (immediate family, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins)
  • Bride and Groom with Her Extended Family
  • Groom with Extended Family (immediate family, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins)
  • Groom and Bride with His Extended Family

Reception Details:

  • Escort Cards or Escort Card Sign
  • Signature Cocktail Sign with Signature Cocktail
  • Memorial Sign and Table
  • Guest Book and Guest Book Sign
  • Guests at Cocktail Hour
  • Room Shot of Reception Space
  • Reception Centerpieces
  • Place Settings
  • Menu
  • Wedding Cake
  • Wedding Cake Topper
  • Wedding Cake Table (wedding cake with topper, cake knife)
  • Band or DJ
  • Dance Floor
  • Favors

Reception Portraits: 

  • Introduction of Groom’s Parents
  • Introduction of Bride’s Parents
  • Introduction of Wedding Party
  • Introduction of Bride and Groom
  • First Dance
  • Welcome Speech
  • Blessing
  • Best Man Speech
  • Maid of Honor Speech
  • Mother/Son Dance
  • Father/Daughter Dance
  • Guests on Dance Floor
  • Bouquet Toss
  • Garter Toss
  • Bride and Groom Cutting Cake
  • Wedding Reception Exit

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BRIDE + BRIDE:

Get a free printable version of this wedding photo checklist to take with you on the big day. Download the bride + groom wedding day shot list by clicking the button below.

Getting Ready Details: 

  • Wedding Stationery (save-the-date, wedding invitation)
  • Engagement Rings and Wedding Rings
  • Personal Wedding Flowers (bridal bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres)
  • Wedding Dress
  • Bridesmaids’ Dresses
  • Wedding Dresses with Bridesmaids’ Dresses
  • Bridesmaids’ Gifts
  • Mothers of the Brides and Gifts
  • Fathers of the Brides and Gifts
  • Gifts for the Brides
  • Vow Books

Getting Ready Portraits: 

  • Brides in Hair and Makeup
  • Bridesmaids in Hair and Makeup
  • Brides and Bridesmaids in Getting Ready Outfits
  • Brides and Bridesmaids Champagne Toast
  • Brides Putting on Wedding Dresses
  • Brides Putting on Wedding Jewelry and Shoes
  • Brides with Moms
  • Brides with Dads
  • Brides with Siblings
  • Brides with Bridesmaids
  • Brides Alone Fully Dressed with Bouquets

First Look:

  • Brides First Looks with Dads
  • Brides First Looks with Moms
  • Brides First Look with Siblings
  • Brides First Look

Ceremony Details: 

  • Exterior Location Shot
  • Interior Location Shot
  • Ceremony Signs
  • Ceremony Programs
  • Flower Girl Basket
  • Ring Bearer Pillow and/or Sign
  • Altar
  • Aisle Flowers

 Ceremony Portraits: 

  • Officiant
  • Seating of Parents
  • Bridesmaids Walking Down Aisle
  • Flower Girl(s) and Ring Bearer(s) Walking Down Aisle
  • Bride and Parent(s) Walking Down Aisle
  • Bride and Parent(s) Walking Down Aisle
  • Bride’s Reaction to Bride Walking Down Aisle
  • Readings/Readers
  • Vows
  • Ring Exchange
  • First Kiss
  • Recessional
  • Brides Signing Marriage License with Officiant
  • Wedding Ceremony Exit

Couple, Wedding Party, and Family Portraits: 

  • Brides Formal and Candid Portraits (smiling, kissing, veil tossed in the wind, talking, walking toward the camera, with and without wedding bouquet)
  • Brides with Bridesmaids (group shot)
  • Individual Portraits of Bride with Each Bridesmaid
  • Brides with Flower Girl(s)
  • Brides with Ring Bearer
  • Brides with Entire Wedding Party
  • Bride 1 with Mom
  • Bride 1 with Dad
  • Bride 1 with Parents
  • Brides with Her Parents
  • Bride 1 with Siblings
  • Brides with Her Siblings
  • Bride 1 with Parents and Siblings
  • Brides with Parents and Siblings
  • Bride 2 with Mom
  • Bride 2 with Dad
  • Bride 2 with Parents
  • Brides with Her Parents
  • Brides with Both Sets of Parents
  • Bride 1 with Grandparents (consider doing individual photos with each grandparent too!)
  • Brides with Her Grandparents
  • Bride 2 with Grandparents (same as above, consider doing individual photos with each grandparent!)
  • Brides with His Grandparents
  • Bride 1 with Extended Family (immediate family, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins)
  • Brides with Her Extended Family
  • Bride 2 with Extended Family (immediate family, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins)
  • Brides with Her Extended Family

Reception Details:

  • Escort Cards or Escort Card Sign
  • Signature Cocktail Sign with Signature Cocktail
  • Memorial Sign and Table
  • Guest Book and Guest Book Sign
  • Guests at Cocktail Hour
  • Room Shot of Reception Space
  • Reception Centerpieces
  • Place Settings
  • Menu
  • Wedding Cake
  • Wedding Cake Topper
  • Wedding Cake Table (wedding cake with topper, cake knife)
  • Band or DJ
  • Dance Floor
  • Favors

Reception Portraits: 

  • Introduction of Bride 1’s Parents
  • Introduction of Bride 2’s Parents
  • Introduction of Wedding Party
  • Introduction of Brides
  • First Dance
  • Welcome Speech
  • Blessing
  • Maid of Honor Speech
  • Maid of Honor Speech
  • Father/Daughter Dance
  • Father/Daughter Dance
  • Guests on Dance Floor
  • Bouquet Toss
  • Garter Toss
  • Brides Cutting Cake
  • Wedding Reception Exit

GROOM + GROOM:

Get a free printable version of this wedding photo checklist to take with you on the big day. Download the bride + groom wedding day shot list by clicking the button below.

Getting Ready Details: 

  • Wedding Stationery (save-the-date, wedding invitation)
  • Engagement Rings and Wedding Rings
  • Personal Wedding Flowers (bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres)
  • Grooms’ Suits
  • Bridesmaids’ Dresses
  • Groom’s Suit with Bridesmaids’ Dresses
  • Bridesmaids’ Gifts
  • Groomsmen’s Gifts
  • Mothers of the Grooms Gifts
  • Fathers of the Grooms Gifts
  • Gifts for the Grooms
  • Gift for the Groom
  • Vow Books

Getting Ready Portraits: 

  • Bridesmaids in Hair and Makeup
  • Groom and Bridesmaids Toast
  • Groom Getting Dress
  • Grooms Putting on Jacket, Tie, and Cufflinks
  • Parents of Grooms Pinning Boutonnieres
  • Groomsmen Putting on Jacket, Tie, and Cufflinks
  • Groom and Groomsmen Toast
  • Grooms with Moms
  • Grooms with Dads
  • Grooms with Siblings
  • Groom with Groomsmen
  • Grooms Alone Fully Dressed

First Look:

  • Grooms First Look with Moms
  • Grooms First Look with Dads
  • Grooms First Look with Siblings
  • Grooms First Look

Ceremony Details: 

  • Exterior Location Shot
  • Interior Location Shot
  • Ceremony Signs
  • Ceremony Programs
  • Flower Girl Basket
  • Ring Bearer Pillow and/or Sign
  • Altar
  • Aisle Flowers

 Ceremony Portraits: 

  • Officiant
  • Groom Walking to Altar
  • Groomsmen Walking to Altar
  • Seating of Parents
  • Bridesmaids Walking Down Aisle
  • Flower Girl(s) and Ring Bearer(s) Walking Down Aisle
  • Groom Walking Down Aisle
  • Groom’s Reaction to Groom Walking Down Aisle
  • Readings/Readers
  • Vows
  • Ring Exchange
  • First Kiss
  • Recessional
  • Grooms Signing Marriage License with Officiant
  • Wedding Ceremony Exit

Couple, Wedding Party, and Family Portraits: 

  • Grooms Formal and Candid Portraits (smiling, kissing, talking, walking toward the camera)
  • Grooms with Bridesmaids (group shot)
  • Individual Portraits of Grooms with Each Bridesmaid
  • Grooms with Groomsmen (group shot)
  • Individual Portraits of Grooms with Each Groomsmen
  • Grooms with Flower Girl(s)
  • Grooms with Ring Bearer
  • Grooms with Entire Wedding Party
  • Groom 1 with Mom
  • Groom 1 with Dad
  • Groom 1 with Parents
  • Grooms with His Parents
  • Groom 1 with Siblings
  • Grooms with His Siblings
  • Groom 1 with Parents and Siblings
  • Grooms with Parents and Siblings
  • Groom 2 with Mom
  • Groom 2 with Dad
  • Groom 2 with Parents
  • Grooms with His Parents
  • Grooms with Both Sets of Parents
  • Groom 1 with Grandparents (consider doing individual photos with each grandparent too!)
  • Grooms with His Grandparents
  • Groom 2 with Grandparents (same as above, consider doing individual photos with each grandparent!)
  • Grooms with His Grandparents
  • Groom 1 with Extended Family (immediate family, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins)
  • Grooms with His Extended Family
  • Groom 2 with Extended Family (immediate family, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins)
  • Grooms with His Extended Family

Reception Details:

  • Escort Cards or Escort Card Sign
  • Signature Cocktail Sign with Signature Cocktail
  • Memorial Sign and Table
  • Guest Book and Guest Book Sign
  • Guests at Cocktail Hour
  • Room Shot of Reception Space
  • Reception Centerpieces
  • Place Settings
  • Menu
  • Wedding Cake
  • Wedding Cake Topper
  • Wedding Cake Table (wedding cake with topper, cake knife)
  • Band or DJ
  • Dance Floor
  • Favors

Reception Portraits: 

  • Introduction of Groom 1’s Parents
  • Introduction of Groom 2’s Parents
  • Introduction of Wedding Party
  • Introduction of Grooms
  • First Dance
  • Welcome Speech
  • Blessing
  • Best Man Speech
  • Maid of Honor Speech
  • Mother/Son Dance
  • Mother/Son Dance
  • Guests on Dance Floor
  • Grooms Cutting Cake
  • Wedding Reception Exit

What wedding day photos are you most looking forward to capturing and enjoying for years to come? Join the community and let us know!

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