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Photography Checklist

Important People to Include:

Bride's Side:
Mother of the Bride
Father of the Bride

Groom's Side:
Mother of the Groom
Father of the Groom

Bridal Party:
Maid of Honor
Flower Girl
Best Man
Ring Bearer

Photography Checklist:

Pre-Ceremony Shot With Bride:

  • Wedding Dress Lying Over A Chair
  • Zipping Up or Buttoning the Wedding Dress
  • Mother of The Bride Fastening Bride's Necklace
  • Garter
  • Veil
  • Bride Looking Into A Mirror
  • Bride Looking Out A Window
  • Bride Pinning Corsage/Boutonniere on Mother/Father
  • Bride Hugging Parents
  • Bride and Parents Leaving For Ceremony
  • Close-ups and Full Length - Alone
  • With Mother
  • With Father
  • With Both Parents
  • With Other Family Members
  • With Maid of Honor
  • With Bridesmaids
  • With Flower Girl
  • Putting on Finishing Touches
  • Adjusting Garter
  • "Bride's Details (the dress, the shoes, bouquets, jeweler, etc.)"

Pre-Ceremony Shot With Groom:

  • Groom Looking Into A Mirror
  • Groom Looking Out A Window
  • Groom Pinning Corsage/Boutonniere on Mother/Father
  • Groom and Parents Leaving For Ceremony
  • Close-ups and Full Length - Alone
  • With Mother
  • With Father
  • With Both Parents
  • With Other Family Members
  • With the Best man
  • With Groomsmen
  • With ring Bearer
  • Checking Your Tie and/or Finishing Up
  • Getting Ready
  • "Groom's Details (boutonniere, tuxes handing, bottle of cologne, etc)"

Wedding Ceremony Shots:

  • Outside of Ceremony Site
  • Bride's Arrival
  • Guests Walking Into Ceremony Site
  • Bride and Father Entering Ceremony Site
  • Parents Being Seated
  • Grandparents Being Seated
  • Maid of Honor Walking Down The Isle
  • Processional
  • Bridesmaids Walking Down The Isle
  • Flower Girl and Ring Bearer Walking Down Isle
  • Groom Waiting For Bride
  • Ceremony Musicians/Band/DJ
  • Officiate
  • Alter or Canopy During Ceremony
  • "Close Up Of Bride, Just Before Making Her Entrance"
  • Bride and Father Walking Down Isle
  • Groom Seeing Bride For The First Time
  • The Backside of The Bride and Her Father Walking Down The Isle
  • Bride and Father Hugging At The End Of Isle
  • Shot of The Audience From The Bride and Groom's Point Of View
  • The Unity Candles
  • Lighting of The Candles
  • Close Up Of The Bride and Groom Saying Their Vows
  • Wide Shot of Them Saying Their Vows
  • Exchanging The Rings
  • Close Up On Hands
  • The First Kiss
  • Bride and Groom Walking Down The Isle
  • Receiving Line
  • Bride and Groom Outside of Ceremony
  • Bride and Groom Hugging
  • Bride and Groom Getting Into Car
  • Bride and Groom In Back Seat

Formal Photo Shot Before or After Ceremony:

  • Bride Alone (Full Length)
  • Groom Alone (Full Length)
  • Bride and Groom Together (Multiple)
  • Bride With Attendants
  • Groom With Attendants
  • Bride With Groomsmen
  • Groom With Bridesmaids
  • Bride With Each Attendant Individually
  • Groom With Each Attendant Individually
  • Entire Wedding Party
  • Hands With The Rings
  • Bride and Groom With Children From Wedding Party
  • Bride and Groom With The Best Man and Maid Of Honor
  • Bride and Groom With Both Parents
  • Bride and Groom With Each Parent
  • Bride With Parents
  • Groom With Parents

Reception Site Photos:

  • Outside of Reception Site
  • Bride and Groom Arriving
  • Bride and Groom Greeting Guests
  • Talking With Guests At Reception
  • Table Centerpieces
  • Table Setting
  • Bride and Grooms Table
  • Attendants Tables
  • Musicians/DJ
  • Guest Book and Pen
  • Place Card Table
  • Close Up Of Bride and Grooms Place Card
  • Wedding Cake
  • Groom's Cake
  • Bride and Groom Cutting The Cake
  • Bride and Groom Feeding Each Other The Cake
  • Gift Table
  • Bride and Fathers Dance
  • The First Dance Shared By The Groom and Bride
  • Dancing of Attendants
  • Decorations
  • A Shot of The Bride and Groom At Each Table
  • The Serving
  • Groom and Mother Dancing
  • Toasts
  • Bride and Groom Drinking Champagne
  • Signing The Marriage License
  • Bride Throwing Bouquet
  • Groom Retrieving Garter
  • Groom Tossing Garter
  • Garter/Bouquet Dance
  • The Getaway Car
  • Bride and Groom Leaving The Party
  • Bride and Groom Driving Away
  • Candid Photos of Everyone At The Reception
  • "Photo of The Invitation With Bouquets, Toasting Glasses and Table Centerpieces"

Just A Few Things To Keep In Mind:

1) Let your photographer know about your family structure.

2) When trying to put together your wedding timeline, please allow at least two minutes for each picture.

3) Keep your list short for photojournalistic style photographs. This will leave more time for the rest of your pictures to be taken.

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