It's your wedding day and you have worked so hard planning everything down to the smallest detail. From the place setting at your reception to the song you will play for your first dance as a married couple. (click here if you still need help with songs for your wedding)

But have you thought about which photography shots you want to make sure are taken? The detailed list below are intended to serve as a blueprint for your photographer, especially one that doesn’t make a living at it. You can choose which shots you want to take and discussed prior to your blissful event. 

After which, ARAND Video Services can help prepare all those precious moments into a wedding DVD you will be able to look back on forever and a day.

Wedding Photography Shots Before the Ceremony

  • Wedding dress lying over a chair

  • Zipping up or buttoning the wedding dress

  • Mother of the bride fastening the bride's necklace

  • The bride's garter

  • The bride's veil

  • A close up of the bride's shoes peeking out from under the dress 

  • Bride looking into a mirror

  • Bride looking out window

  • Bride and bridesmaids putting on makeup

  • Bride pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father

  • Bride hugging parents

  • Bride touching up

  • Bride and parents leaving for ceremony

  • Groom tying tie

  • Groom pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father

During the Reception 
To help your photographer, you may wish to list these shots in the order they will happen at your reception

  • Outside of reception site

  • Bride & Groom arriving

  • Bride & Groom greeting guests

  • Table centerpieces

  • Table setting

  • Bride & Groom's table (head table)

  • Musicians or DJ

  • Guest book

  • Place card table

  • Close-up of bride and groom's place card

  • Wedding cake

  • Groom's cake

  • Gift table

  • A shot of bride & groom with guests at each table

  • Bride with college alums

  • Groom with college alums

  • The buffet or, if having table service, a dinner serving

  • Bride & Groom's first dance

  • Bride & Father dancing

  • Groom & Mother dancing

  • Groom tossing garter

  • Groom retrieving garter

  • Garter/Bouquet dance

  • Guests dancing

  • Bride & Groom cutting the cake

  • Bride & Groom feeding each other cake

  • Toasts (specify who is giving them)

  • Bride & Groom drinking champagne

  • Bride throwing bouquet

After Wedding
 (provide your photographer with a seating chart so he can easily identify them)

  • Bride & Groom leaving party

  • Bride & Groom hugging guests, laughing, getting congratulations

  • Signing the marriage license

  • The getaway car

  • Bride & Groom getting in car

  • Bride & Groom in back seat

  • Bride & Groom driving away

  • Guests the photographer shouldn't miss

Wedding Photography Shots at the Ceremony

  • Bride and father entering ceremony site

  • Parents being seated

  • Grandparents being seated

  • Maid of honor walking down the aisle

  • Bridesmaids walking down the aisle

  • Flower girl and ring bearer walking down aisle

  • Groom waiting for bride

  • Ceremony musicians

  • Altar or canopy during ceremony

  • Close up of bride, just before she makes her entrance

  • Bride and father walking down aisle

  • Groom seeing bride for first time

  • The back of bride and father walking down the aisle – with the groom waiting in the distance

  • Bride's father and Bride hugging at end of aisle

  • Shot of the audience from the bride and groom's point of view

  • The unity ceremony

  • Close up of bride and groom saying the vows

  • Wide shot of bride and groom saying the vows

  • Exchanging the rings

  • Close up of hands

  • The kiss

  • Bride & Groom walking up the aisle

  • Receiving line

  • Bride & Groom outside on steps

  • Guests throwing confetti/rose petals/birdseed

Posed Wedding Photography Before the Reception
(These shots can also be taken before the ceremony)

  • Bride alone (full length)

  • Bride with Maid of Honor

  • Bride with bridesmaids

  • Groom with bridesmaids

  • Bride with parents

  • Bride & Groom together

  • Bride & Groom with parents

  • Bride & Groom with families

  • Bride & Groom with entire wedding party

  • Bride & Groom with flower girl and ring bearer

  • Groom with parents

  • Groom with best man

  • Groom with groomsmen

  • Bride with groomsmen