Wedding Photography: Your Must-Have Shots

Ahhhh, your wedding is over and you finally get your photos back from your photographer. You are looking through them…only to notice a few seem to be missing. Did I really forget to get a photo with my grandmother??  Believe it or not, this really happens! Use this list of must-have photos for your wedding photography.

On your big day, you will most likely be very busy and overwhelmed. The last thing you need to worry about is whether your photographer will get all the photos you need! To ease that stress for yourself, create a list of the shots you want to have in advance and share them with your photographer. You can use your Photo/Video Checklist to keep track of which shots you want. Below, we have shared a list of the most commonly asked for photos at weddings.. If you find specific photos online that you’d like to recreate, don’t forget to send them to your photographer!


Wedding Photos


  • Wedding dress, shoes, other items alone
  • Bride getting ready with bridesmaids
  • Bride having hair and makeup done
  • Groom getting ready with groomsmen
  • Best man helping groom with tie
  • Mother and MOH helping bride into her dress
  • Putting on veil

Bridal Party Shots

  • Party together, serious & silly
  • Bride with bridesmaids, serious & silly
  • Bride & bridesmaids holding hands, looking back
  • All bouquets together
  • Bride with each bridesmaid individually
  • Groom with groomsmen, serious & silly
  • Groom with each groomsman individually
  • Bride with flower girl
  • Groom with ring bearer
  • Couple with flower girl & ring bearer

Formal Family Shots

  • Couple with bride’s entire immediate family
  • Couple with bride’s entire extended family
  • Bride with sisters
  • Bride with siblings
  • Bride with brothers
  • Groom with bride’s brothers
  • Bride with parents
  • Couple with bride’s parents
  • Couple with both parents
  • Couple with groom’s parents
  • Couple with parents and grandparents
  • Couple with grandparents
  • Groom with sisters
  • Groom with siblings
  • Groom with brothers
  • Couple with groom’s entire immediate family
  • Couple with groom’s entire extended family
  • Couple with officiant
  • Couple with ring bearers and flower girl
  • Bride with flower girl
  • Bride with mother and grandmothers



  • Ceremony space, without people
  • Ceremony flowers
  • Ceremony decor
  • Guests arriving
  • Officiant
  • Ushers
  • Groom’s family walking down aisle
  • Bride’s family walking down aisle
  • Individual shots of bridal party walking down aisle
  • Groom reaction to bride
  • Bride & father walking, from front and behind
  • Bride’s father kissing bride on cheek
  • Bride’s father handing her off
  • Wide shot of entire party at alter
  • Ceremony readings
  • Unity ceremony
  • Exchange of rings
  • First kiss
  • Bride’s family’s reaction
  • Groom’s family’s reaction
  • Bride & groom, presented as Mr & Mrs
  • All bridal party walking out


  • Seating chart
  • Place cards
  • Centerpieces & table settings
  • Reception signs
  • Flower arrangements
  • Cake, dessert table
  • Guest book
  • DJ
  • Favors
  • Guests mingling
  • Appetizers served
  • Bridal party entrances
  • Bride & Groom entrance
  • First Dance
  • Mother-Son Dance
  • Father-Daughter Dance
  • Bridal party dance
  • Toasts
  • Bride & Groom reactions to toasts
  • Candid dancing shots
  • Dinner served
  • Bouquet toss
  • Garter retreival/toss
  • Cake cutting
  • Bride & Groom exit

Keep track of all your photo details with our free Photographer/Videographer Checklist!


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