Oh, we know all about it. The big day finally arrives, and every little detail that was previously discussed with your wedding photographer suddenly disappears. You get your hair and makeup done, put your wedding dress on and head to the venue to marry the man of your dreams. The very thought of pre-ceremony shots becomes a chore, and you even forget that your grandmother was there, prepped and ready to take a shot with you.

Whew…what a nightmare!

As hard as it may be to believe, these things do happen to brides and that’s why we’ve compiled this list to be your guide on the big day. Our advice would be to print this out, and keep it with you or your wedding planner so that at least 80% of these shots could be taken without any worry.

An important point to note though, is that once you have hired an experienced, qualified and amazing wedding photographer for your wedding day, this list won’t even necessarily be needed. They would already have a pretty sound idea of the type of shots that you would already have in mind from previous discussions with you, and will be your best friend on your wedding day. So trust in them, and allow them to guide you through it all.

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Pre-Wedding

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  • Portrait shot of the Wedding Dress
  • Getting Ready shots (Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids & Groomsmen)
  • Bridal Portrait
  • Rings
  • Bride’s shoes & jewellery
  • Bouquets and Corsages
  • Groom’s shoes & accessories
  • Wedding Invitation
  • Bride & Groom spending a little “me” time shot
  • Best Man adjusting Groom’s tie
  • First Look shots (Bride & Groom alone & bridal party looking on)

 

  • Couple with both families
  • Bride with bridesmaids
  • Bride with maid of honour
  • Groom with best man
  • Groom with groomsmen
  • Wedding Party
  • Flower Girls/ Ring Bearer
  • Animals at wedding

Friends & Family

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Ceremony

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  • Shots of Venue/ Church empty – flowers, interior & exterior
  • Guests inside church waiting
  • Groom & Groomsmen chatting outside and inside church
  • Bride arriving inside & outside of the car
  • Bridal party entering church/ venue
  • Bride walking down the aisle
  • Groom’s first look when he sees the bride
  • Exchanging of vows
  • Exchanging Rings
  • Lighting of unity candle
  • Floral arrangements
  • Family at the ceremony
  • Other ceremony traditions
  • First shot kiss
  • Couple walking down the aisle holding hands 🙂
  • Newlywed shot
  • Guests throwing confetti
  • Greeting family and friends outside church

 

  • Portrait shots of couple alone
  • Portrait shots of bride
  • Portrait shots of groom
  • Bride with bridesmaids
  • Bride with Maid of Honour
  • Groom with groomsmen
  • Wedding Party
  • Bride with her family
  • Groom with his family
  • Bride with groom’s family
  • Groom with bride’s family
  • Bride & Groom with siblings
  • Bride & Groom with any close relatives/family members
  • Bride with flower girl
  • Few shots with close friends
  • Guests eating, drinking and hanging out

Post- Ceremony

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Reception

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  • Reception decor before guests arrive
  • Venue before guests arrive
  • Stationery/ Paper goods
  • Wedding Cake details
  • Bride & Groom arriving in car/limo
  • Speeches
  • Table Decor
  • The entertainment/DJ
  • Cutting cake
  • First dance
  • Father/Daughter dance & Mother/Son dance
  • Bride & Groom chatting with their guests
  • Guests partying
  • The final couple shots before the send off

Want some more inspiration? You can check out how to plan your Destination Wedding, and even select your wedding vendors here!

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