Wedding Photography Checklist

As a wedding photographer, its important to be prepared ahead of any wedding event and to be ready for unforeseen situations. In preparing, you must have at the back of your mind some important pictures that must be taken. Here is a list of expected pictures you must look out for to create a fantastic wedding documentary

  • The Bride:
  • Bride and bridesmaids getting hair done
  • Bride having makeup applied
  • Bridal gown hanging or draped over a chair
  • Bride in front of a mirror
  • Bride looking out the window
  • Bridesmaids fastening the dress
  • Bride embracing parent(s)
  • Bride adjusting mother’s corsage
  • Close-up of necklace, or other detail of bridal attire
  • Bride’s shoes peeking out from under the dress
  • Close-up of the bridal bouquet
  • Bride putting on garter
  • The Groom:
  • Groom and groomsmen getting ready
  • Groom relaxing with the groomsman
  • Groom adjusting father’s boutonniere
  • The parent or Best Man adjusting groom’s tie
  • Groom embracing parent(s)
  • Wedding Ceremony
  • The exterior of the ceremony location
  • Guests entering
  • Parents being seated
  • Grandparents being seated
  • Congregation of the guest shot from the groom’s perspective
  • Officiant
  • Musicians
  • Altar
  • Pew decorations
  • Groom waiting at the altar
  • Groom with Best Man at the altar
  • Groom with Best Man and groomsmen at the altar
  • Flower girl walking down the aisle
  • Ring bearer walking down the aisle
  • Maid of Honor walking down the aisle
  • Bridesmaids walking down the aisle
  • The bride being escorted down the aisle – from front
  • The bride being escorted down the aisle – from behind
  • The Parent embracing bride at the end of the aisle
  • Parent lifting the bride’s veil at the end of the aisle
  • Officiant speaking to bride and groom
  • Exchange of vows
  • Exchange of rings
  • Unity ceremony { dance, talks, etc}
  • Kiss
  • Details of any special cultural ceremony
  • Signing of register
  • Announcement of bride and groom
  • Bride and groom walking back up the aisle together
  • Bride and groom exiting ceremony site
  • Throwing of rice, confetti or blowing of bubbles at bride and groom
  • Bride and groom being greeted by guests
  • Group shot of all guests (on stairs, if possible)
  • Bride and groom getting into the car to leave the ceremony
  • Bride and groom’s car driving away
  • Family and Bridal Party Portraits
  • Bride: full length
  • Bride from the back, to highlight gown
  • Bride and groom
  • Bride and groom with the bridal party
  • Bride and groom with the flower girl and ring bearer
  • Bride with groomsmen
  • Groom with bridesmaids
  • Bride and groom with bride’s family
  • Bride and groom with groom’s family
  • Bride with her parents
  • Groom with his parents
  • Bride and groom with all parents
  • Bride and groom with a combined family
  • Reception
  • The overall picture of the reception hall
  • A specific aspect of the decorations (specify)
  • The entrance of the bride and groom
  • A table centerpiece
  • A place setting
  • A dinner serving
  • Head table
  • Speeches and toasts
  • The kiss between the bride and groom
  • Musicians or DJ
  • First dance
  • Father-daughter dance
  • Mother-son dance
  • The cake
  • Cake cutting
  • Bride and groom feeding cake to each other
  • Bouquet toss
  • Garter toss
  • Bride with college friends
  • Groom with college friends
  • Getaway car
  • Bride and groom leaving in the getaway car (I don’t usually do this but if you can its will be great )
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