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My Private Wedding Shot List

Updated: May 31, 2022

This post is for all of the Brides, Photographers and Wedding Planners out there! We all know that weddings can be both joyful and stressful depending on how well you prepare in advance. The amount of detail involved in planning a wedding can overwhelm even the calmest of Brides. I've found over the years that it's always best to tackle the day with a detailed plan; for us photographers, that plan is a Wedding Day Shot List!

I typically only share my Private Shot List with pre-booked wedding clients but today I am also going to share it with YOU! I hope that it helps you along your journey. Please keep in mind that I rarely capture all of the photos on this list in one day, however, I do always make sure to capture the specific shots my client has requested.

The same list that you see below is sent to my Brides in a survey format where they can select the shots that are most relevant and important to them. I find that the majority of my Brides like to deselect shots that do not interest them to leave room for what they actually excites them! Every couple is different with unique needs and tastes. I also leave a section for couples to write down any additional shots that are not on this list. It is my goal to give couples the photos that THEY want and having this list helps me to achieve that goal.

I've divided my shot list into sections to help you with flow and organization. Enjoy my friends ;-)

Detail Shots:

Flat Lay of Invitations, Florals, Shoes, Garter, Jewelry, Veil and Other Special Items

Ring Shots


Wedding Dress Hanging Ip

Ceremony and Reception Decor (Table Settings, etc)

Groom's Cufflinks


Ceremony Programs

Wedding Cake

Seating Card Display


Bride & Bridesmaids Getting Ready:

Hair and Makeup Being Completed

Group Prayer (if desired)

Bride Looking in Mirror

Bride Getting into her Dress

Bride Putting Necklace and Veil On

First Look with Bridesmaids

First Look with Groom

First look with Mom, Dad or Child

Groom & Groomsmen Getting Ready:

Someone Tying Groom’s Tie

Groom and Groomsmen Getting Their Boutonnieres Pinned On

Best Man With Rings

Candids of the Guys Having Fun

Venue Photos (Interior/Exterior)

Bride & Groom Each Alone (can be done before or after ceremony)

Separate Formal Photos of Bride with Bridal Party and Groom with Groomsmen

(this can be done after the ceremony as well but I find that it saves time to do it prior)

Guests Arriving

During Ceremony

Bride Heading to the Ceremony Site

Bride and Her Father (or escort) Walking Down the Aisle

Musicians Performing

Seating of Grandparents

Processional and Recessional (wedding party and family walking down the aisle and back up the aisle after the ceremony)

Groom Reacting to Bride Walking Down the Aisle*

Father Giving Bride Away

Exchanging of Rings


First Kiss

Unity Candle Lighting or Any other Ceremonial Act

Bride and Groom Exiting Their Ceremony Site

Bride and Groom Being Congratulated Outside of the Church


Signing Marriage Certificate

Groom with Each Groomsmen

Bride with Each Bridesmaid

Bride with Her Parents

Bride and Groom with Bride’s Parents

Bride and Groom with Bride’s Parents and Siblings

Bride with Bride’s Grandparents

Groom with His Parents

Groom and Bride with His Parents

Groom and Bride with His Parents and Siblings

Groom with his Grandparents

Bride and Groom with Both Sets of Parents

Large Extended Family Group Photo

Bride and Groom with Specific Groups of Friends

Bride & Groom with Officiant

Bride & Groom with Entire Wedding Party

Flower Girls & Ring Bearer with Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom Together

(A Variety of Shots: Veil Blowing in the wind, Dipping, Laughing & Playing, Walking)

Ring Hands Together


Shot of Each Reception Table (full of guests)

Food Stations and Bar Setup During Cocktail Hour

Guests Signing the Guest Book

Wedding-Party Reception Entrances

Bride and Groom's First Dance

Toasts and Blessing (if applicable)

Father Daughter Dance

Mother-Son Dance

Bride and Groom Cutting the Cake

Band or DJ

Guests Dancing

Candid Shots Throughout the Night

Cutting of Cake

Garter Toss

Bouquet Toss

Send-Off (Sparklers, etc)

Driving Away (just married)

Bride and Groom in Their Getaway Car

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