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Wedding Photos – A list of the ‘must have’ wedding shots

Believe it or not, wedding photos do not happen organically. If you are happy to simply pitch and pose whilst leaving the shots up to the photographer (who admittedly, because he is professional, will probably get it right for you) you might just end up leaving Aunt Hester out of the family line-up and then, well, need I say more?

This is not a complete list, but it is the bare essentials, and is enough to get you going. We’ve included 10 for each situation:


  • Bride’s dress (hanger, over chair etc.)
  • Bride having make-up applied
  • Close up of dress detail
  • Mother of bride helping to fasten dress
  • Bride looking in mirror or out of window
  • Bridesmaids / flower girls getting dressed
  • Groom tying tie
  • Groom pinning corsage on mother or father
  • Ring bearer preparing
  • Bride and groom leaving separately


  • Guests arriving
  • Bride exiting bridal car
  • Groom waiting at altar
  • Church wide shot
  • Bride walking down aisle
  • Back shot of bride walking down aisle
  • Father giving bride away
  • Close up of groom’s face
  • Close up of rings
  • The kiss

Before the reception

  • Bride alone and with bridesmaids
  • Groom with bridesmaids
  • Bride with parents
  • Groom with parents
  • Bride and groom
  • Bride and groom with parents
  • Bride and groom with families
  • Groom with best man
  • Bride with best man/groomsmen
  • More of bride and groom


  • Close ups of table and venue details (place settings, name cards etc.)
  • Wide shot of room before anyone arrives
  • Bride and groom’s arrival
  • Bride and groom toast / speeches
  • Bride and groom’s first dance
  • Bride and father dance
  • Cake cutting
  • Bouquet toss
  • The getaway car
  • Bride and groom driving away

All that remains is for you to add the more creative images you’d like to have, and voila, your photographs list is complete.

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