Photography list for wedding

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October 16, 2023

I’m Dana.
I take destination wedding photography seriously. If I’m going to book a flight and travel across the ocean for you, I should probably show you that I know what I’m talking about.

If you are in need of a photography list for wedding, then you have come to the right blog!

Destinations with Dana

Hi! My name is Dana, and I am a wedding photographer based out of California. I serve couples getting married in select U.S. states and European countries. I love to blog and give out a lot of free advice, wedding information, and wedding photography that will help any new couple planning their wedding.

Since 2018, I have been featured in Destination I Do, Glam and Grace, and Ell Wed Magazine. Personally, I love what I do, and I would not change a single thing.

Photography list for wedding

Now, for those who plan to get married in 2024 and 2025, here is a simple yet detailed wedding photography list you can expect from your wedding photographer. Anything specific outside of this needs to be talked about with your wedding photographer.

Pre-Ceremony Shots:

  1. Bride and Bridesmaids Getting Ready:
    • Candid moments of hair and makeup.
    • Shots of the bride’s dress, shoes, and accessories.
    • Putting on the wedding gown.
  2. Groom and Groomsmen Getting Ready:
    • Tying ties or adjusting bowties.
    • Candid moments of laughter and camaraderie.
    • Shots of the groom’s attire and accessories.
  3. Wedding Rings and Jewelry:
    • Close-ups of the wedding rings, engagement ring, and other jewelry.
Photography list for wedding

Ceremony Shots:

  1. Venue Shots:
    • Exterior and interior shots of the ceremony venue.
    • Decorations, floral arrangements, and signage.
  2. Guests Arriving:
    • Candid shots of guests arriving and mingling.
    • Guests signing the guestbook (if applicable).
  3. Processional:
    • Shots of the bridal party and bride walking down the aisle.
    • Groom’s reaction as the bride approaches.
  4. Ceremony Details:
    • Shots of the officiant, altar, and ceremonial elements.
    • Vows and ring exchange.
    • Unity ceremonies (candle lighting, sand pouring, etc.).
  5. Candid Moments:
    • Emotional reactions of the couple and guests.
    • Close-ups of the couple holding hands or stealing glances.
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Post-Ceremony Shots:

  1. Family and Group Portraits:
    • Formal portraits with family members.
    • Portraits with the bridal party.

Photography List for Wedding Reception Shots:

  1. Venue and Table Settings:
    • Shots of reception hall, tables, and decor.
    • Centerpieces, place cards, and table settings.
  2. Candid Guest Moments:
    • Guests enjoying the reception, dancing, and interacting.
  3. Toasts and Speeches:
    • Shots of speakers and reactions.
    • Couple’s reactions during speeches.
  4. First Dance:
    • Shots of the couple’s first dance.
    • Candid moments of guests watching.
  5. Cake Cutting:
    • Shots of the cake and couple cutting it.
    • Reactions of the couple during this moment.
  6. Bouquet and Garter Toss:
    • Shots of the bouquet toss and garter removal/toss.
    • Reactions of the participants and guests.
  7. Dance Floor:
    • Candid shots of guests dancing and having fun.
    • Key dance moments like father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, etc.
  8. Sparkler Exit or Last Dance:
    • Shots of the couple’s exit or final dance of the night.
Photography list for wedding

Details Shots Throughout the Day:

  1. Bridal Details:
    • Dress, shoes, jewelry, and accessories.
    • Bouquet and boutonniere.
  2. Groom Details:
    • Tuxedo or suit, tie, cufflinks, and shoes.
  3. Invitations and Paper Goods:
    • Save-the-dates, invitations, programs, and menus.
  4. Food and Cake:
    • Close-ups of the wedding cake.
    • Shots of appetizers, main courses, and desserts.
  5. Candid Moments:
    • Unscripted, emotional, and candid moments throughout the day.

Photography list for wedding

Remember this can vary based on how long you hired your wedding photographer for, or if these are shots you are even wanting in your gallery. It’s important you sit down with your spouse to figure out which are important to you, and how you want to tell your story through the digital gallery.

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