Must-Have Wedding Photos

Most photographers have their own version of this list. But if you’re struggling to figure out who needs to be available for photos, here’s a list we put together to help:

Portraits

  • Bride + Groom
  • Bride + Groom + Maid of Honor
  • Bride + Groom + Best Man
  • Bride + Groom + Maid of Honor + Best Man
  • Bride + Groom + Bridesmaids
  • Bride + Groom + Groomsmen
  • Bride + Groom + Bridesmaids + Groomsmen
  • Bride + Groom + Bride’s Parents
  • Bride + Groom + Groom’s Parents
  • Bride + Groom + Bride’s Parents + Groom’s Parents
  • Bride + Groom + Mother of the Bride
  • Bride + Groom + Mother of the Groom
  • Bride + Groom + Mother of the Bride + Mother of the Groom
  • Bride + Groom + Father of the Bride
  • Bride + Groom + Father of the Groom
  • Bride + Groom + Father of the Bride + Father of the Groom
  • Bride + Groom + Bride’s Siblings
  • Bride + Groom + Groom’s Siblings
  • Bride + Groom + Bride’s Siblings + Groom’s Siblings
  • Bride + Groom + Bride’s Immediate Family
  • Bride + Groom + Groom’s Immediate Family
  • Bride + Groom + Bride’s Immediate Family + Groom’s Immediate Family
  • Bride + Groom + Bride’s Grandparents
  • Bride + Groom + Groom’s Grandparents
  • Bride + Groom + Bride’s Grandparents + Groom’s Grandparents
  • Bride + Groom + Bride’s Extended Family
  • Bride + Groom + Groom’s Extended Family
  • Bride + Groom + Bride’s Extended Family + Groom’s Extended Family
  • Bride + Groom + Flower Girl
  • Bride + Groom + Ring Bearer
  • Bride + Groom + Flower Girl + Ring Bearer
  • Bride + Mother of the Bride
  • Bride + Father of the Bride
  • Bride + Bride’s Parents
  • Bride + Mother of the Groom
  • Bride + Father of the Groom
  • Bride + Groom’s Parents
  • Bride + Bride’s Parents + Groom’s Parents
  • Bride + Mother of the Bride + Mother of the Groom
  • Bride + Father of the Bride + Father of the Groom
  • Bride + Maid of Honor
  • Bride + Bridesmaids
  • Bride + Best Man
  • Bride + Groomsmen
  • Bride + Wedding Party
  • Bride + Bride’s Siblings
  • Bride + Groom’s Siblings
  • Bride + Bride’s Grandparents
  • Bride + Groom’s Grandparents
  • Bride + Bride’s Grandparents + Groom’s Grandparents
  • Bride + Extended Family
  • Bride + Flower Girl
  • Bride + Ring Bearer
  • Bride + Flower Girl + Ring Bearer
  • Groom + Mother of the Bride
  • Groom + Father of the Bride
  • Groom + Bride’s Parents
  • Groom + Mother of the Groom
  • Groom + Father of the Groom
  • Groom + Groom’s Parents
  • Groom + Bride’s Parents + Groom’s Parents
  • Groom + Mother of the Bride + Mother of the Groom
  • Groom + Father of the Bride + Father of the Groom
  • Groom + Maid of Honor
  • Groom + Bridesmaids
  • Groom + Best Man
  • Groom + Groomsmen
  • Groom + Wedding Party
  • Groom + Bride’s Siblings
  • Groom + Groom’s Siblings
  • Groom + Groom’s Grandparents
  • Groom + Bride’s Grandparents
  • Groom + Groom’s Grandparents + Bride’s Grandparents
  • Groom + Extended Family
  • Groom + Flower Girl
  • Groom + Ring Bearer
  • Groom + Flower Girl + Ring Bearer
  • Bride’s Parents
  • Groom’s Parents
  • Bride’s Parents + Bride’s Grandparents
  • Groom’s Parents + Groom’s Grandparents
  • Bride’s Parents + Groom’s Parents
  • Bride’s Grandparents + Groom’s Grandparents

Other shots

  • Bride/bridesmaids getting ready: hair, makeup, etc.
  • Groom/groomsmen getting ready: tying ties, pinning boutonnieres, etc.
  • The Dress
  • The rings
  • Details like hairstyles, boutonnieres, bouquets, jewelry, shoes, socks, cufflinks
  • Stills of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
  • Mother of the bride helping zip up the dress, put on bride’s veil, etc.
  • Your invitation suite
  • Welcome baskets/bags
  • Guest favors
  • The groom’s accessories
  • Bridal portrait
  • Full-length shot of bride in her gown, looking at herself in a mirror
  • First look
  • The “other” first looks: when the bridal party and/or mother of the bride first sees her in her gown, when her father first sees her in her gown
  • Pre-ceremony notes
  • Pre-ceremony emotions (this is another great time for pics of the bride and her dad)
  • Bridal party solo shots
  • Bridal party with bride/groomsmen with groom
  • Bridal party with groom/groomsmen with bride
  • Family portraits: each take a picture with immediate family individually, as groups, all together, you two and both sets of parents, the bride and the mom’s, the groom and the dad’s, etc.
  • Bride in motion: the wind blowing her veil, her swinging her dress
  • Bridesmaids at the ceremony
  • Groomsmen at the ceremony
  • Flower girls and ring bearers
  • The groom’s expression while waiting for the bride
  • The bridal party walking down the aisle
  • The bride and father waiting to walk down the aisle
  • The walk down the aisle
  • The groom at the end of the aisle
  • The bride and father walk down the aisle
  • The groom’s reaction
  • The bride’s father giving her away
  • Both sets of parents watching the ceremony
  • Are your fur-babies a part of the day? Make sure you get some shots of them, too!
  • A wide shot of the ceremony
  • Special traditions and unique aspects of your ceremony
  • Ceremony décor
  • The bride and groom as they say their vows
  • A shot of your guests as you say your vows
  • Close-up of the ring exchanging
  • The Kiss (obviously!)
  • We Did It! as you walk back down the aisle
  • Signing the marriage license
  • A quiet moment, just the bride and groom
  • Sweeping shots of the ceremony site and the reception site
  • Transitional moments: getting ready to walk down the aisle, getting ready to be introduced at the reception
  • Reception décor
  • The guest book
  • Reception tablescapes
  • Escort/place cards
  • Menus
  • Centerpieces
  • Champagne glasses
  • Signage details
  • Signature cocktail
  • Food
  • The wedding cake
  • Cake cutting
  • The musicians, ceremony and/or reception
  • First dance
  • Father/daughter dance
  • Mother/son dance
  • Aerial shots
  • Your reactions as you listen to toasts
  • Speakers as they make toasts
  • Dancefloor shenanigans
  • The bride and/or groom greeting, chatting, or saying goodbye to guests
  • Bouquet toss
  • Garter toss
  • Your exit
  • Your getaway

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