Pick up any wedding planning book or magazine and they are packed with helpful tips and tricks to make your special day go more smoothly! From letting you know when to send out invitations, to what type of flowers are in season during the month you want to wed. And most of these books will tell you to give your photographer a wedding day photo checklist so they don’t miss anything. This is an awesome idea, and I love it when brides share photo ideas with me! But it’s not usually necessary for you to write down that you need me to get a picture of you and your new hubby cutting the cake, I think I can figure that one out all on my own ūüėČ

With that being said, here is an idea of the photos we will be taking at your wedding:

Wedding Day Photo Checklist

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Pre-Wedding, Getting Ready

  • Wedding Dress (both off and on the bride)
  • Bride and Bridesmaids Getting Ready
  • Jewelry/Ring/Bouquet Details
  • Groom and Groomsmen Getting Ready
  • First Look Between the Bride and Groom


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  • Ceremony location (inside and outside)
  • Floral Arrangements
  • Family at the Ceremony
  • Bride Walking down the Aisle
  • Groom’s Face When he First Sees Bride
  • The Vows
  • Any Special Ceremony Traditions
  • The First Kiss
  • Couple Walking Down the Aisle Together


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Formal Portraits (Family & Friends)

  • The Couple with the Brides Family (and each breakdown therein)
  • The Couple with the Grooms Family (and each breakdown therein)
  • Bride With Her Parents, Siblings, etc.
  • Groom With His Parents, Siblings, etc.
  • Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
  • Bride with Bridesmaids
  • Groom with Groomsmen
  • Entire Wedding Party Together
  • Bride and Groom


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  • Reception Venue (Both Inside and Out)
  • Stationery and Paper Goods (Place Cards, Invitations, Save the Dates, Menu, etc)
  • Tablescapes and Decor
  • Candid Moments (there will be a lot of these!)
  • Toasts ¬†(bringing both laughter and tears)
  • The Cake and Dessert Table
  • Bride and Groom’s First Dance
  • Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dances
  • Party Time!
  • Garter/Bouquet Toss
  • Bride and Groom Farewell/Sendoff

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