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Wedding Photographer Checklist

Written by    Last updated: December 10, 2013

For a professional photographer it’s good to be reminded of everything that needs to be photographed on a wedding day. For amateur photographers hoping to cover a whole wedding, a checklist is an invaluable guide to ensuring you miss nothing out. These of course are just the minimum requirements. A good photographer will explore the alternatives, capture the details, bring their own ideas and capture informal and relaxed reportage photography. Confetti presents a simple checklist for covering your wedding.

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Early Photos at the Bride’s home

  • Bride putting garter on as bridesmaids watch
  • Bride in bedroom mirror getting ready
  • Mother /Bestwoman / Chiefbridesmaid adjusting veil
  • Corsage being pinned on mother
  • Corsage being pinned on father
  • Portraits of mother and bride
  • Portraits of father and bride
  • Portraits of siblings with bride
  • Group shot of party
  • Bride with individual bridesmaids
  • Father helping bride into car (or carriage etc)
  • Shot of bride in back of car from the front seat looking back
  • Shot of bride through car window

Photos at the wedding venue before ceremonies begin

  • The venue and its surroundings
  • The ushers
  • Guests arriving at the venue
  • Groom and best man waiting at the door of the venue
  • Groom and best man handshake
  • Groom having his tie adjusted
  • Groom, best man and page boys
  • Groom, best man and close friends
  • Groom with father
  • Groom with mother
  • Groom waiting at the altar
  • Priest or registrar
  • Details of interior of venue, particularly wedding decor
  • Bride arriving
  • Bride stepping from transport with father’s assistance
  • Bride kissing father on cheek
  • Bride with a proud mother and father looking on
  • Bride and bridesmaid group shot in venue gardens

During the wedding ceremony

  • Bride and father of the bride coming down the aisle
  • Bridesmaids, flower girls coming down the aisle
  • Pageboys, ringbearers approaching the altar
  • Flower girls  spreading rose petals
  • Father giving bride away
  • Shots of ceremony
  • Looking down the aisle at the couple
  • Ring ceremony
  • Vows
  • First kiss
  • Guests
  • Readers

After the ceremony inside the wedding venue

  • Married couple signing the register
  • Best man, witnesses signing the register
  • Maid of honour signing the register
  • Married couple leaving the wedding venue

After the ceremony outside the wedding venue

  • Throwing of confetti
  • Married couple kissing (close up)
  • Married couple kissing (2/3 length)
  • Married couple kissing (full length)
  • Bride and groom looking at ring
  • Bride and groom’s hands with rings and flowers
  • Bride and groom with vicar/registrar
  • Bride and groom with Priest or registrar
  • Bride, groom and wedding party
  • Bride and groom in wedding door
  • Bride and groom leaving the wedding venue grounds by transport
  • Group shots of families
  • Bride with her mother
  • Bride with her father
  • Bride and groom with bride’s parents
  • Bride and groom with groom’s parents
  • Bride with both parents
  • Bride with bridesmaid and bouquets
  • Bridesmaids with flowers
  • Pageboys
  • Groom with parents
  • Groom with mother
  • Groom with father
  • Bride and groom with both sets of parents
  • Bride and groom with close friends or family

Site specific shots

  • Couple sitting with dress spread out
  • Couple by tree
  • Couple walking on beach
  • Couple walking in woods
  • Couple in ruins of old building
  • Couple on bridge or looking over waters

The Reception

  • Receiving line
  • Couple greeting guests
  • Wedding cake
  • Guests seated
  • Guests signing wedding book
  • Gifts
  • Toasts
  • Close up of bride and groom on top table / toasting
  • Assorted shots of guests during meal and speeches
  • Bride’s father’s speech
  • Groom’s speech
  • Best man’s speech
  • Other speeches
  • First dance
  • Bride and father dancing
  • Groom and mother dancing
  • Family and guests dancing
  • Fun and games at the reception
  • Cutting the cake
  • Bride throwing the bouquet
  • Bride and groom leaving
  • Shot of decorated car or transport

Additional Photographs

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One thought on “Wedding Photographer Checklist

  1. Sophie Edwards says:

    Another fab article – I’ve often wondered if wedding photographers had structure to their shots.

    It sounds quite funny if you read all of them to yourself haha “Couple in ruins of old building”…