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Must-Have Photo Checklist

You're paying a lot of money for your wedding photos. Be sure you get all of the photos you want by preparing early and making a list of those shots that are important to you. Print the list below and then mark it up to your satisfaction. Give your photographer the list one week before your wedding to familiarize him or herself with what you'll be expecting.

Be sure to keep a copy of this list to bring yourslef, just in case the photographer forgets or misplaces the list. Ask your Best Man or Maid of Honor to be in charge of the list since you'll be very busy and preoccupied that day.

On top of traditional shots, you may want to ask your photographer to get portraits or candids of specific couples or families that are not in the wedding party since framed photographs make great gifts. You can have these printed and give them as birthday or holiday gifts. 

Remember that while you and your new hubbie will be the center of your universe, you are not the center of everyone elses. Keep that in mind when choosing which pictures to give to your guests - a family portrait or a candid of someone's child may be more meaningful to some than your first dance.

Must-Have Photo Checklist

Getting Ready

  • Bridal party getting hair and make up done
  • Bride getting dressed
  • Mom helping the bride get dressed (buttoning buttons, putting on veil...)
  • Bride looking into the mirror
  • Bride all ready to go
  • Bride leaving her house
  • Details of bride's clothing
  • Groom getting ready with his groomsmen (tying bowtie, putting on boutonniere)
  • Groom and his father
  • Groom all ready to go
  • Wedding rings with the invitation

The Ceremony

  • Bride getting out of the limo
  • Guests arriving at the site
  • Groom waiting for the bride
  • The processional
  • Bride and groom at the alter
  • Bride and groom holding hands (close up of hands)
  • View of the wedding party at the alter or canopy from the back
  • Bride and groom exchanging vows
  • Bride and groom exchanging rings
  • The first kiss
  • Bride and groom being announced to the guests
  • The recessional
  • Bride and groom leaving ceremony site

Formal Pictures (before the ceremony or during the cocktail hour)

  • Bride looking at her bouquet
  • Bride with her mother
  • Bride with her father
  • Bride individually with each bridesmaid/flower girl/ring bearer
  • Bride with all of her bridesmaids/flower girl(s)/ring bearer(s)
  • Bride with her entire family
  • Groom with hismother
  • Groom with his father
  • Groom individually with each groomsman/flowergirl/ringbearer
  • Groom with all of his groomsmen/flower girl(s)/ring bearer(s)
  • Groom with his entire family
  • Groom with the bride's father
  • Bride and groom
  • Bride and grooom with each family and then everyone together
  • Bride and groom and the entire wedding party
  • Bride and groom signing the marriage certificate

The Reception

  • The reception site before the guests arrive
  • Shots of decoration details (place cards, table settings, champagne glasses)
  • Buffet table, if applicable
  • Entrance of newlyweds
  • Receiving line
  • Guests signing the guestbook
  • Each toast
  • Bride and groom at head table
  • First dance
  • Bride dancing with her father
  • Groom dancing with his mother
  • Lots and lots of candids
  • Special family portraits to use as gifts
  • Shots of groups from specific parts of your life (first neighborhood, high school, college, relatives)
  • Musicians
  • Cake table
  • Newlyweds cutting (and feeding each other) the cake
  • Dessert table, if applicable
  • Bouquet toss
  • Garter toss
  • Bride and groom waving from getaway car

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