From the moment you exchange vows with your partner to the joyous dance floor moments shared with your friends and family, your wedding day is a beautiful canvas filled with precious memories you'll want to cherish forever. Long after the day is over, it's your wedding photographs that will transport you back to those priceless moments, keeping the essence of the celebration alive. It is important to have a wedding photography checklist to ensure that no memory goes undocumented.
While trusting your wedding photographer to capture the vital moments is good, you should still prepare a list of pictures for wedding day that you want to be captured. Developing a pictures list and sharing a checklist of must-have shots with your photographer is a win-win scenario: it guarantees that you get the photos you envisioned and provides your photographer with clear directions, making their task easier and more efficient.
Below, we have shared a comprehensive wedding shot list encompassing every significant detail of your wedding planning journey.
Detail Shots: Capturing the Essence
Your wedding details are more than just embellishments – they are symbolic representations of your relationship and lend your wedding its unique character. From the sparkle of your engagement and wedding rings to the intricacies of your stationery and the elegance of your accessories, every detail deserves to be preserved through the lens.
The engagement ring
The wedding rings
The ring box
The wedding invitation suite, including save-the-dates and envelopes
The bride’s wedding gown displayed on a hanger
Jewelry like earrings, bracelets, or necklaces
The bridal bouquet
The groom’s suit or tuxedo
Accessories like pocket squares, ties, bow ties, and cufflinks
Flower girl baskets
Getting-Ready Photos: Capturing the Anticipation
The moments leading up to your ceremony are brimming with excitement and the support of your loved ones. Your wedding shot list must include these candid, getting-ready moments that encapsulate the camaraderie and emotion of the pre-ceremony atmosphere.
The bride getting her hair and makeup done
The bride and bridesmaids sharing a toast or enjoying the moment
The bride getting dressed with her mother or maid of honour's assistance
A full-length shot of the bride in her wedding attire
The bride with her wedding party
The groom's pre-ceremony preparations, like putting on his tie or cufflinks
The groom getting ready alongside his groomsmen
A full-length shot of the groom in his wedding attire
A group photo of the groom and his groomsmen, dressed to impress
First Look Photos: Capturing Raw Emotions
The first look between the couple is an emotionally charged moment that deserves to be etched in time. These shots must capture the unfiltered reactions that unfold during this intimate encounter.
The groom's anticipation as he waits for the bride
The bride's elegant walk towards her groom
The tender embrace or kiss shared after the first look
Close-ups of the couple's gazes and expressions
Their hands intertwined in a moment of shared emotion
Ceremony Shots: Capturing the Essence of Union
The ceremony is the moment that months of planning have been building up to. The wedding photography checklist must include photographs showcasing the gravity and beauty of this milestone moment.
The ceremony setup devoid of guests
Close-ups of the altar arrangements
Guests seated, awaiting the ceremony
The parents of the couple walking down the aisle
The groom's entrance
The wedding party's procession
The flower girl and ring bearer's procession
The bride's graceful walk down the aisle
The groom's reaction upon seeing his bride
The father of the bride's emotional giving-away moment
The couple standing at the altar, ready to say their vows
A panoramic shot of the audience during the ceremony
The exchange of wedding vows
The exchange of rings
The first cherished kiss as a married couple
Candid shots that focuses on capturing the audience's reactions
The couple's departure from the ceremony venue
Portraits and Group Shots: Capturing Togetherness
With vows exchanged, it's time to capture the newlyweds' joy, love, and unity, as well as the cherished moments with family and friends.
Candid and posed shots of the couple together
Candid moments of the couple's interactions and glances
The bride with her parents
The groom with his parents
The couple with both sets of parents
The bride with her bridesmaids
The bride with her maid of honor
The groom with his groomsmen
The groom with his best man
The couple with their entire wedding party
Reception Photos: Capturing the Joyous Celebration
As the ceremony gives way to the celebration, these photos capture the heartwarming moments of joy, laughter, and celebration that define your reception.
Wide shots showcasing the reception space's ambience
The elegantly adorned head table
Guest tables capturing the atmosphere
The bustling bar area
Close-ups of table decorations, including table numbers and centerpieces
The glorious wedding cake
The couple's grand entrance to the reception
The enchanting first dance
The couple seated at the head table, immersed in each other's company
Delectable close-ups of the reception menu
Candid shots of heartfelt toasts and speeches
The couple's rapt attention during the toasts
The poignant father-daughter dance
The touching mother-son dance
The ceremonial cake-cutting
Shots capturing outfit changes and variations
The live band or DJ, setting the musical tone
Guests revelling on the dance floor
The couple dancing with their exuberant guests
Intimate moments of the bride and groom dancing together
The couple's departure from the reception, marking the close of the celebration
It is crucial to remember that your wedding shot list is a guide, not a stringent rule. Our Canberra wedding photographers are experienced and adept at spotting and capturing the most poignant moments. Trust their expertise, and this collaborative approach will bring out the best results.
To book us for your wedding photography, contact our team.