Wedding Photography Planning & Shot Checklist

July 27, 2023

Congratulations on your engagement! Planning your wedding photography is an essential part of preserving the precious memories of your big day. Below is a comprehensive wedding photography planning and shot checklist to help you make sure that no special moment goes undocumented. Remember to share this list with your chosen photographer to ensure they are well-prepared for capturing all the important moments.

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1. Pre-Wedding Planning:

  • Meet with your photographer to discuss your vision, style preferences, and specific shots you want.
  • Share a detailed schedule of the wedding day, including key events and timings.
  • Choose the photography package that suits your needs and budget.
  • Arrange an engagement photoshoot to get comfortable with your photographer and their style.

2. Getting Ready:

  • Bridal party getting ready (hair, makeup, dresses, etc.).
  • Groom and groomsmen getting ready (tying ties, putting on suits, etc.).
  • Details shots of wedding rings, shoes, jewelry, invitations, and other accessories.

3. Ceremony:

  • Venue shots (interior and exterior before guests arrive).
  • Guests arriving and mingling.
  • Processional shots (bride walking down the aisle, wedding party, parents).
  • Candid shots of the couple and guests during the ceremony.
  • Key moments (exchange of vows and rings, first kiss, etc.).
  • Signing of the marriage certificate.
  • Recessional shots as the couple walks back up the aisle.

4. Post-Ceremony:

  • Congratulations and well-wishes from guests.
  • Family and group photos (have a list of specific groupings ready).
  • Couple’s photoshoot (different poses and locations).
  • Candid shots during the cocktail hour.

5. Reception:

  • Reception venue shots (decorations, table settings, etc.).
  • Guests finding their seats and interacting.
  • Grand entrance of the couple.
  • First dance.
  • Parent dances.
  • Toasts and speeches.
  • Cutting the cake.
  • Bouquet toss and garter toss.
  • Candid shots of guests dancing and having fun.
  • Important moments like special dances or performances.
  • Capturing the reactions of guests.

6. Special Requests:

  • Note any special moments or surprises you want to be captured.

7. End of the Night:

  • Final shots of the couple saying goodbye to guests.
  • Venue shots at the end of the event (if possible).

8. Post-Wedding:

  • Editing and retouching of the photos.
  • Delivery of final photos in the format you prefer (digital, prints, etc.).


  • Provide your photographer with a list of must-have shots and any family dynamics they should be aware of.
  • Consider hiring a second photographer to ensure no moment is missed.
  • Schedule ample time for couple’s portraits during the golden hour.
  • Be open to your photographer’s creative suggestions and ideas.
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Remember, every wedding is unique, so feel free to personalize this wedding photography planning & checklist to fit your specific preferences and cultural traditions. The key is to communicate effectively with your photographer to ensure they can capture the essence of your special day and provide you with timeless memories to cherish for a lifetime.

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