Wedding Photography Checklist

For most people’s lives, getting married is one of the grandest milestones they will ever experience. People only get married once and we, of course, want the best. But in reality, this start of a happy ending takes a bit more work and investment. The couple must take into consideration a lot of things – from people to food or venue and even, wedding coverage.

Often looked over, couples fail to realize the importance of a wedding photography checklist. No matter how amazing your wedding is, if your partner photographer won’t be able to do justice to the photos, it would be a disaster and no couple would ever have the chance to go back in time for a redo! To prevent such mishaps, Bellamy Loft prepared this short but intentional list for photographers.

We designed this list to preserve sweet and candid moments, important highlights, and basically capture photos that tell a story. This is best for couples who are more into details and wants amazing photos to look back to. Without further ado, here’s the checklist!

Wedding Photography Checklist

Wedding Photography Checklist


Covering a wedding is like telling this sweet story of a happy ever after in real life. Though there’s no need to capture the rollercoaster ride of how a couple came to this point, it is still a great idea to cover the pre-ceremony preparations. This adds more of a human touch to this picture-perfect event and adds more anticipation and depth to the story. Here’s a cheat sheet to go through during the preparation coverage.

  • Bride getting ready – having her hair styled and getting make up done
  • Still life shot of the bride’s gown, shoes and jewellery
  • Still life shot of the something old, new, blue, and borrowed
  • Detailed shots of the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets
  • Candid shot of the bridesmaids getting dressed
  • Mother buttoning up or zipping the bride’s gown and helping the bride with finishing details such as veil
  • Full-length shot of the bride in her gown and bride looking at herself in the mirror
  • Bridemaids reacting to the bride in her gown
  • Father seeing the bride in her gown
  • Bride with her parents and siblings and with her bridesmaids
  • Groom getting ready with his father and groomsmen
  • Groom with his parents and siblings
  • Groom with best man and with his groomsmen
  • Groomsmen putting on boutonniere or ties
  • Close-up shot of the wedding bands

The Ceremony

This is the main event and where the couple exchanges a vow for a lifetime together, filled with hope and love. It’s important to capture the beauty of the venue and guests during the ceremony as listed here on the wedding photography checklist. This is just a guide and you can freely take more shots you feel would be great. Remember, these are the photos couple more often look back or even have printed to be framed at home later on.

  • Exterior and interior shots of the venue before the guests settle in
  • Groom walking in the aisle with his mother
  • Close-up expression of the groom while waiting for the bride
  • Bridal party walking down the aisle
  • Bride and her escort waiting to walk down the aisle
  • Close-up of the bride before she makes an entrance
  • Groom reacting to the bride as she walks down the aisle
  • Bride’s escort giving her away to the groom
  • Bride and groom at the altar
  • Candid shot of the parents watching the ceremony
  • Wide shot of the ceremony from the couple’s point of view, and the altar from the guest’s point of view
  • Special moments such as candle lighting and readings
  • Close-up shot of the bride and groom as they recite vows and while exchanging rings
  • Very important: THE KISS!
  • Close-up shot of the couple after the ceremony
  • Candid shot of bride and groom with their family and bridal party

The Reception

The reception is everyone’s favourite part of the event. This is where the fun is – there’s food, drinks, music, and more to enjoy. Capture the authenticity and lively spirit of the event. Make every shot you take count!

  • Exterior and interior shots of the venue before the guests settle in
  • Still life shots of place cards, table setting, centrepieces, decorations, and favours
  • Very important: THE CAKE
  • Hors d’oeuvres and drinks
  • Guests showing up and signing the guest book
  • Bride and groom arriving at the reception
  • Candid shots of guests during the toast
  • Bride and groom sipping champagnes and speaking with guests
  • Bride and groom’s first dance
  • Bride dancing with her father and groom dancing with his mother
  • Parents and wedding party dancing
  • Musicians, DJs, or entertainers performing
  • Guests dancing
  • Bride and groom cutting the cake
  • Bouquet toss
  • Newlywed’s vehicle and while couple leaves the event


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Beyond having this remarkable wedding photography list, it is still important to get an excellent wedding photographer that you can trust. Sometimes, the value of work is more than just the price tag. Make sure to work with people, like Emblaze Photography, who understand you as a couple and as individuals. This will help them capture your best self and bring you outputs that express your personalities too.

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