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The Ultimate Wedding Photoshoot Checklist

Last updated on Feb 21, 2017 by Waseem Abbas

Are you looking to get organized with a wedding day photo checklist? It’s important for the photographer to know in advance exactly which shots should be captured. In this guide, we’ll share the ultimate wedding photoshoot checklist to help you prepare for the big day.

Pre-Wedding and Getting Ready


  • Wedding dress portrait
  • Bridesmaid getting ready
  • Bride getting dressed
  • Groomsmen getting ready
  • The bridal portrait
  • The first look
  • The rings
  • Bride’s bouquet



  • Vows/altar backdrop
  • Floral arrangements
  • Family at the ceremony
  • Bride walking down the aisle
  • Groom watching the bride walking down the aisle
  • The vows
  • Any ceremony traditions
  • Ceremony landscape
  • The first kiss
  • Couple walking down the aisle together
  • Family & Friends Photo Session

    Family and Friends

    • The couple with the bride’s family
    • The couple with the groom’s family
    • Bride with her family
    • Groom with his family
    • Bride with bridesmaid
    • Groom with groomsmen
    • The entire wedding party
    • Pets at the wedding
    • Flower girls and ring bearer



    • Reception location landscape
    • Escort cards
    • Paper goods (invite, save the date, menu, and signage throughout the venue)
    • Candid kiss
    • Tablescape
    • Decor details
    • The toasts – laughs, tears, reactions!
    • Cake and dessert table
    • The entertainment
    • Father/daughter dance and groom/mother dance
    • Couple’s first dance
    • Action on the dance floor
    • Reception traditions
    • The “Just Married” car
    • The send off

    That’s all. We hope this guide has helped you to find out the ultimate wedding photoshoot checklist. You may also want to check out our tutorial on how to take wedding photos – best wedding photography tips. As a wedding photographer, you also should know plenty of pose ideas for bride and for groom.

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