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20 Essential Shots to Put on Your Wedding Photo List

How much are you willing to spend on a wedding photographer?

The average couple spends around 10 percent of the wedding budget on the photographer.

If you plan to splurge on an awesome photographer, make sure they get the most iconic shots of the day.

The classic snap of the first kiss and the happy couple together after they say “I do” are always essential moments.

But, there are many more essential shots which can’t be missed on your wedding day.

Check out our wedding photo list to ensure that you get every memory in a photo on your special day. Let’s get started!

1. The Wedding Invite

The wedding invite can either be taken on the wedding day or after the event. You may want to add flowers or a background in this photograph as well.

Ensure that you provide this wedding photographer with a copy of the wedding invite so that they can take a photo themselves.

2. The Getting Ready Moments

Traditionally, it’s unlucky for the groom to see the bride getting ready on the morning of the wedding.

And yet, if you take a photograph of the bride and the bridesmaids getting ready for the big day ahead, this can be viewed by everyone after.

You can get the Mother of the bride zipping up her daughter into her beautiful wedding dress.

Summer wedding? Head outdoors to catch the festivities in perfect natural light.

Remember to invite the photographer to come to the bridal suite to capture everything.

3. The Bride’s Accessories

Many of the bride’s accessories will be extremely meaningful for her. There is always the traditional something old, new, borrowed and blue idea.

You may want a shot of each item independently or together. You could even snap the bride trying on the accessories in front of the mirror.

Get a photo of the amazing shoes too. The veil may also get covered in the photographs.

4. The Bridal Portrait

When getting ready is over and the bride is looking beautiful, it’s time for the bridal portrait.

You need to pick the backdrop carefully. Ensure the lighting is good and the bride is ready for the moment.

Everything will be extremely chaotic on the morning of the wedding. But, always ensure that you squeeze in enough time for her moment in the spotlight.

5. The Bouquet of Flowers

The bride has probably never held such an amazing bouquet of flowers. Pose for the camera with these incredible bunch of roses (or another flower).

6. The Bridal Party

The bridge always has an amazing bunch of women around her. There will be mothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, and girlfriends.

You want the photographer to capture numerous candid moments of you enjoying being together before you arrive at the venue.

7. The Groom’s Portrait

When the bride looks so astonishing, it’s easy for the photographer to forget about the groom.

But, he usually looks pretty dapper himself. Get the groom to step into the spotlight before arriving at the wedding venue.

8. Candid Moments of Everyone

There are always going to be tons of photographs that have different guests gathered together. But, nothing quite beats those candid moments.

The authentic laughter when someone says something funny. The tear in the eyes when the bride walks down the aisle.

Ensure your photographer understands that you want these candid moments captured on camera.

9. The Portraits of the Happy Couple

When the bride and groom have said “I do”, it’s time to escape from everyone wishing you goodwill by hiding with the photographer.

Then, the photographer can invest some time getting some nice moments of the couple together as man and wife for the first time.

10. The Whole Wedding Party

Can you get the whole wedding party together for a photo?

You may have a big party of people. But, this is the chance to squeeze everyone together for one huge picture.

11. The Adorable Kids

There are usually some handsome little boys and pretty little girls at the wedding. Don’t forget to get one of the bride’s flower girls.

12. The Wedding Venue

Are you getting married in a luxury hotel? Is it a charming castle? What about an amazing old church?

You want the photographer to get a shot of the venue from the outside.

13. Walking Down the Aisle

You may be walking with your mother, father or someone else. But, the moment of walking down the aisle to your future husband is magical.

14. The Vows

This is arguably the ceremony’s most important moment. Make sure it’s snapped forever.

15. The First Kiss

You simply have to get the shot of the first kiss. This is a memorable moment in anyone’s book.

16. Your First Steps as a Married Couple

You definitely need a pro to capture the moment the happy couple exit the venue. There will the crowd cheering and confetti everywhere.

17. The Decorated Tables

You have probably invested a lot of time and effort creating beautiful table decorations. Make sure your photographer gets every angle on camera.

18. The Wedding Cake

The average spending on a wedding cake is $540. If it looks as good as it tastes, you need to get your pictures of it.

You should also capture the moment the cake is cut. They’ll be plenty of chances to get pictures of people enjoying a slice or two.

Quick! Before you know it there won’t be any left!

19. The First Dance

Can they dance? This probably won’t be their finest moment.

The bride and groom have to strut their stuff on the dance floor for the first time as a married couple.

It’s important to get the shot before the rest of the guests jump into the middle to join them at the moment.

20. The Last Kiss

Sometime at the end of the evening, the last kiss will occur. At least, it’s the last kiss for public viewing.

Our Wedding Photo List

This is your special day. There are so many magical and beautiful moments that you want to remember forever.

Don’t forget to pass this wedding photo list to your photographer. Make sure you get every moment of your wedding recorded for you to look back on together.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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