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Wedding photo checklist (printable)

Wedding photo checklist (printable)

I love photography and I love photographing weddings. I have taken pictures of many different weddings over the years. In addition to knowing how to use your camera and be able to take a good picture, it helps to have a wedding photo checklist so you make sure you don’t miss any important shots.

I am getting ready to do the photography for my nephew’s wedding in October and I was going over my wedding photo checklist. I know this is a long list and it seems like a lot, but you will be surprised how fast it goes. The most time-consuming part are the family, wedding party, and the bride and groom shots. You can do most of the photos on this checklist before the ceremony so the guests and bride and groom can relax and enjoy the reception.

If you are limited in time, show the bride and groom this checklist and let them pick a handful of favorites. Be sure to customize it as needed depending on the needs of the wedding couple. At one of the weddings I did, the bride and groom wanted a photo with almost every guest that attended. They had a special area setup so it wasn’t a big deal. They loved it and I enjoyed taking the photos.

Here is the wedding photo checklist

Getting Ready

  • Wedding dress
  • Bridesmaids dresses
  • Wedding flowers
  • Rings (engagement and wedding)
  • Wedding party gifts
  • Grooms attire
  • Getting dressed
  • Helping bride with hair and makeup
  • Bridesmaids’ hair and makeup
  • Bride putting on the wedding dress, jewelry, shoes
  • Bride with mom
  • Bride with dad
  • Bride with siblings
  • Bride alone, fully dressed
  • Best man helping the groom with tie, vest, cuff links, suit coat
  • Groomsman putting on ties, vests, cufflinks, suit coats
  • Parent of groom pinning boutonniere
  • Groom with mom
  • Groom with dad
  • Groom with siblings
  • Groom alone, fully dressed
Wedding photo checklist (printable)

First Look

  • Bride with
    • Mom
    • Dad
    • Siblings
  • Groom with
    • Mom
    • Dad
    • Siblings
  • Bride and Groom
  • Bride and Groom with the maid of honor and best man
bride and groom first look

Ceremony

  • Full room shot
  • Decoration details
  • Officiant
  • Groom and groomsmen walking to alter
  • Parents and siblings walking down the aisle and being seated
  • Bridesmaids walking down the aisle
  • Flower girl and ring bearer walking down the aisle
  • Bride walking down the aisle with parent
  • Groom’s reaction to the bride
  • Vows
  • Ring exchange
  • First kiss
  • Recessional
  • The signing of the wedding certificate
Wedding photo checklist (printable)

Reception

  • Full room shot
  • Decoration details
  • The wedding cake
  • Wedding cake topper
  • Wedding cake table
  • Guest book
  • Place settings and menu
  • Band or DJ
  • Favors
  • Introduction of parents (Bride and Groom)
  • Introduction of the wedding party
  • Introduction of Bride and Groom
  • Welcome speech
  • Best man speech
  • Maid of Honor speech
  • First Dance
  • Mother/Son Dance
  • Father/Daughter dance
  • Guests and wedding party dancing
  • Bouquet toss
  • Garter toss
  • Cutting the cake
  • Bride and Groom leaving
  • Car decorated
bride and groom cutting the cake

Bride and Groom, Wedding Party, and Family

  • Bride and Groom formal shots
  • Bride and Groom candid shots
  • Bride with
    • Bridesmaids
    • Groomsmen
    • Flower girl
    • Ring Bearer
    • Whole Family
    • Intermediate Family
    • Both Parents
    • Mother
    • Father
    • Siblings
    • Grandparents (together and separately)
  • Groom with
    • Bridesmaids
    • Groomsmen
    • Flower girl
    • Ring Bearer
    • Whole Family
    • Intermediate Family
    • Both Parents
    • Mother
    • Father
    • Siblings
    • Grandparents (together and separately)
  • Bride and Groom with
    • Entire wedding party
    • Bridesmaids
    • Groomsmen
    • Flower girl
    • Ring Bearer
    • Whole Family
    • Intermediate Family
    • Both sets of Parents (together and separately)
    • Mother of Bride
    • Father of Bride
    • Mother of Groom
    • Father of Groom
    • Siblings from each side
    • Grandparents (together and separately)
Wedding photo checklist (printable)

Here is the printable wedding photo checklist:

PRINTABLE WEDDING PHOTO CHECKLIST

Are there any shots I didn’t add that you put on your wedding photo checklist? I would love to know.

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