Photo List for your Wedding Day

There are so many moments to capture throughout a wedding day between getting ready, the ceremony, and even the reception. Is there a way to make sure that the photos you truly want get taken?

A suggested wedding photo list is a great way to make sure that your photographer is aware of the shots you really want them to take so that they can allot time for it. The list is generally suggested because the images will vary depending on the photographer you chose and their style as well as the amount of time you’ve hired them for. You can’t expect the photographer to capture an image of the guests dancing when you haven’t hired them to stay at the wedding that long. Don’t worry though because any great professional photographer will take your list into account and work with you to find a way to get those shots done!

The list below is very vast and includes a lot of images. It may not be realistic to ask your photographer to shoot all of them, however find the ones that you would like the most and ask your photographer nicely if they can be sure to include the really important ones.

Suggested Photo List Ideas

Getting ready:

  • Bride’s dress hanging somewhere such as a wardrobe or over a chair
  • Bridesmaids helping get the bride ready
  • Bride and bridesmaids getting dressed
  • Mom helping bride with a finishing detail such as putting on the veil
  • Full length shot of bride in the mirror
  • Clothing details including dress, shoes, garter, etc.
  • Bride with parents and/or grandparents when they see her for the first time in her dress
  • Bride with siblings when they see her for the first time in her dress
  • Bride with bridesmaids
  • Bride with Maid of Honor
  • Groom getting ready
  • Groom getting ready with groomsmen
  • Groom getting ready with his dad (maybe dad is helping tie the tie)
  • Groom with parents and/or grandparents when they see him for the first time all dressed up
  • Groom with siblings when they see him for the first time all dressed up
  • Groom with groomsmen
  • Groom with Best Man
  • Groom & groomsmen putting on their boutonnieres
  • Father/Daughter first look
  • Bride and Groom first look
  • Intimate shots just before the ceremony of the Bride and Groom (separately or together if there is a first look)
  • Groom getting ready for ceremony go time
  • Bride getting ready for ceremony go time
  • Bride and groom (together or separately) heading to the ceremony


  • Guests arriving
  • Ushers seating guests
  • Ushers seating family
  • The grandparents/parents/others walking into the ceremony down the aisle
  • The groom walking down the aisle
  • The groom nervously waiting for his bride
  • Bridesmaids and groomsmen walking down the aisle
  • Maid of Honor and Best Man walking down the aisle
  • Flower girl and ring bearer walking down the aisle
  • Wedding party waiting at the altar
  • Bride w/ dad walking down the aisle
  • Bride and groom at the altar
  • Altar from the back with guests in background during the ceremony
  • Faces during the vow exchange
  • The first kiss (ask the officiant to move out of the way)
  • Bride and groom during recessional (walking up the aisle after ceremony)
  • Bride and groom outside of ceremony site
  • Congrats shots after the ceremony (bride and groom hugging, etc.)
  • Bride and groom leaving ceremony site

Cocktail Hour/Photo Hour:

(Some of these can be taken before the ceremony, especially if there is a first look.)

  • Bride & groom shots
  • Bride with her parents
  • Bride with her siblings
  • Bride with immediate family
  • Bride with all family
  • Groom with his parents
  • Groom with his siblings
  • Groom with immediate family
  • Groom with all family
  • Bride and groom with all parents
  • Bride and groom with groomsmen
  • Bride with groomsmen
  • Groom with groomsmen
  • Bride and groom with bridesmaids
  • Groom with bridesmaids
  • Bride with bridesmaids
  • Entire wedding party
  • Bride and groom with flower girl and ring bearer


  • Shot from outside of reception entrance
  • Reception detail shots (tables, place settings, place cards, decorations, centerpieces, favors, etc.)
  • Bride and groom arriving to reception
  • Bride and groom entering reception
  • Wedding party introductions
  • Bride and groom at head or sweetheart table
  • Parents table
  • Guests table
  • Bride and groom during dinner
  • Guests during dinner
  • Bride and groom chatting with guests
  • Bride and groom’s first dance
  • Father and daughter dance
  • Mother and son dance
  • Money dance
  • Honeymoon dance
  • Any games happening (example: the shoe game)
  • Parents dancing
  • Bride and groom dancing
  • Wedding party dancing
  • Guests dancing
  • Musicians or DJ in action
  • Cake table
  • Cake cutting
  • Bride and groom feeding each other cake
  • Bouquet toss
  • Garter toss
  • Bride and groom exiting the wedding
  • Bride and groom waving goodbye from car
  • Rear of car departing
  • Parents during the exit moment

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