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Your List of must have wedding pictures

When briefing your wedding photographer, it’s essential you give them a list of wedding pictures shots you want. This will ensure that you get what you want and the photographer knows what they’re doing!

Here’s a list of all the wedding shots you may want. Those marked with a * are the ones We think are essential.

Feel free to chop and change with your preferred wedding shots.

Wedding pictures before the ceremony
- Wedding dress lying over a chair or hanging on.....
- Zipping up or buttoning the wedding dress
- Mother of the bride fastening the bride’s necklace
- The bride’s garter
- The bride’s veil
- *The bride’s bouquet
- Bride doing hair and Make up
- A close up of the brides shoes peeking out from under the dress
- Bride looking into a mirror
- Bride looking out of window
- Bride and bridesmaids putting on makeup
- Bride pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father
- *Bride hugging parents
- Bride touching up makeup
- *Bride and parents leaving for ceremony
- *Bride getting into car
- Groom tying tie
- Groom looking out of window
- Groom pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father
- Groom hugging parents
- Groom and parents leaving for ceremony

Wedding pictures at the ceremony
- Outside of ceremony site
- Parents arriving at ceremony site
- *Guests walking into ceremony site
- *Bride and father getting out of car
- *Bride and father entering the ceremony site
- Parents being seated
- Grandparents being seated
- Bridesmaids walking down the aisle
- *Bride walking up the aisle
- *Flower girl and ring bearer walking down the aisle
- *Groom (nervously) waiting for bride
- Ceremony musicians
- Alter or canopy during ceremony
- *Close up of bride, just before she makes her entrance
- *Bride and father walking down the aisle
- *Groom seeing bride for the first time
- The back of the bride and father walking down the aisle
- Father of the bride and bride hugging at the top of the aisle
- Shot of audience from the bride and grooms point of view
- *The unity ceremony
- *Close up of bride and groom saying the vows
- *Wide shot of the bride and groom saying the vows
- *Exchanging the rings
- Close of up hands
- *The kiss
- *Signing the marriage license
- *Bride and groom walking up the aisle
- *Confetti being thrown over bride and groom
- *Outside the ceremony site
- *Receiving line
- *Bride and groom hugging guests, laughing and getting congratulated
- Bride and groom getting in car
- Bride and groom in back seat

Posed photography before the reception
(these can be taken before the ceremony to save time)
- *Bride alone (full length)
- Bride with chief bridesmaid
- *Bride with bridesmaids
- Groom with bridesmaids
- *Bride with parents
- Bride with siblings
- Groom with siblings
- *Bride and groom together
- *Bride and groom with bride’s parents
- *Bride and groom with bride’s immediate family
- *Bride and groom with groom’s parents
- *Bride and groom with groom’s immediate family
- Bride and groom with bride’s siblings
- Bride and groom with groom’s siblings
- Bride and groom with bride’s entire family
- Bride and groom with groom’s entire family
- *Bride and groom with entire wedding party
- *Bride and groom with flower girl and ring bearer
- *Groom with parents
- Groom with best man
- *Groom with best man and ushers
- Bride with best man and ushers

Wedding pictures during the reception
- *Bride and groom arriving
- *Bride and groom greeting guests
- Table centrepieces
- Table seating
- Bride and grooms table (head table)
- Musicians or DJs
- Guest book
- Place card table
- Close up of bride and grooms place card
- *Wedding cake
- Gift table
- Decorations (specify which)
- A shot of bride and groom with guests at each table
- Bride with school, university and/or friends
- Groom with school, university and/or friends
- The buffet or dinner serving
- *Bride and grooms first dance
- *Bride and father dancing
- *Groom and mother dancing
- Guests dancing
- *Bride and groom cutting the cake
- Bride and groom feeding each other cake
- *Toasts and speeches (specify who is giving them)
- Bride and groom drinking champagne
- *Bride throwing bouquet
- Groom retrieving garter
- Groom throwing garter
- The getaway car
- Bride and groom leaving party
- *Bride and groom driving away

Do not make the list too long, especially posed group shots can be difficult to organise if we do not have Help from the wedding party (Best Man, Ushers)

We hope this list will inspire you