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60 Must-Have Wedding Day Photographs

A list of 60 must-have shots to hand to your wedding photographer before the big day!

Your wedding day will come and go in a flash, so to ensure that you’ve got lots of wonderful memories to put in a very special album, why not print out the below list and give it to your wedding photographer in advance?

Some couples like to visit their wedding venue with their photographer ahead of their wedding day. This will not only familiarise your wedding photographer with the venue and you as a couple – but it will also guide the photographer in terms of the style of photography you’d like to put in your wedding album.

Depending on where you choose to get married, some of the points on the list below may not be relevant, but either way, we feel that the below list covers pretty much everything that you might like photographed on your big day…

Before the wedding ceremony

1. The wedding dress
2. The bride’s wedding shoes
3. Bridal and bridesmaids bouquets
4. Floral decorations
5. Reception table place settings
6. Wedding table plan
7. Exterior shots of the wedding venue
8. Bride having her hair and make-up done
9. Groom getting ready
10. Bride getting her dress on
11. Bride with her bridesmaids
12. Bride getting into the wedding car
13. Bride with her parents
14. Bride with siblings
15. Groom with his parents
16. Groom with siblings

During the wedding ceremony

17. Flowers at the altar/ceremony décor
18. Guests arriving outside the wedding ceremony venue
19. Groom with his best man (and ushers) outside the venue
20. All members of the bridal party
21. The bride getting out of the wedding car
22. Bride moments before walking down the aisle
23. Groom and his best man at the altar
24. Entrance of maid of honour, bridesmaids, flower girl(s) and page boy(s)
25. Bride and her escort/father walking down the aisle
26. Exchanging of vows
27. Ring ceremony
28. The first kiss as a married couple
29. Signing the register
30. Leaving the ceremony
31. The confetti shot

Formal group shots post-wedding ceremony

32. The newlywed couple alone
33. The newlyweds with both sets of parents
34. The wedding party

Be sure to check out our comprehensive list of 20 must-have wedding party photographs to have of your wedding party.

 

At the wedding reception

35. The newlywed couple arriving
36. Wedding guests celebrating with a glass of fizz
37. Wedding reception tables laid for the banquet
38. Table centre piece detail
39. Wedding favours and place card detail
40. Floral arrangements
41. Wedding cake
42. The newlyweds entering the banquet
43. Groups of guests at tables
44. Wedding speeches
45. The newlyweds cutting the cake
46. The first dance
47. Father/daughter dance
48. Group dancing shots throughout the night

 

Wedding pictures you may not have thought about – but might like to have

49. The bridal suite
50. The wedding menu/Each course as it comes out
51. The master of ceremonies making an announcement
52. The bride opening a gift/card from her groom-to-be
53. The groom opening a gift/card from his bride-to-be
54. The newlywed couple with their elderly grandparents
55. Group shot with college/school friends
56. The head table at the reception
57. Guest playing with giant garden games
58. The band/DJ
59. Parents/grandparents on the dance floor
60. The bouquet toss

Top tips

  • Get to know your wedding photographer before you book; you’ll need to like their style of photography – they vary a lot.
  • Ensure you understand what you are getting included in your wedding photography package before you sign anything/part with any money.
  • Purchase wedding insurance before you book your wedding photographer.
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