Crucial Photography Shots for Every Wedding

For many people, photography is one of the most important elements for any wedding. The bride and groom will generally be so busy during the wedding day, that you want to be able to look back and re-live the moments at a later stage, as well as share these moments with friends and family. For that reason, choosing the right photographer for you is crucial.

Most professional photographers will have their own list of crucial shots to get (even if that list is in their head and isn’t written down), but they should always be willing to add any special requests to their list.

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:


Getting hair and make-up done

Dressing (keep it G-rated!)

Maid-of-honor zipping/buttoning up the bride’s dress

Mother of the bride helping bride put on veil

Putting on garter

Spraying perfume

Looking in the mirror

With the maid-of-honor

With her parents


With the best man prior to getting ready

Putting on cufflinks

Putting on fragrance

Father of the groom helping to put the groom’s jacket on

Father of the groom fixing the groom’s tie

Groom and the father of the groom shaking hands

With the best man after getting ready


Guests being seated

Bride & Groom’s parents being seated

Groom, Best Man & Groomsmen awaiting the Bride

Flower girl, ring bearer, bridesmaids and maid of honor walking down the isle

Bride and father of the bride walking down the isle

Father of the bride giving away

Bride and Groom together at alter

Exchanging vows

Exchanging rings

First kiss as a married couple

Signing the wedding certificate

Holding the wedding certificate

Exiting the ceremony venue

Getting into limo

First toast together in limo

FAMILY – GROUP SHOTS (Be sure to get a full length and close up shot of each):

Bride with each of her parents

Groom with each of his parents

Bride with her parents and siblings

Groom with his parents and siblings

Bride with her grandparents

Groom with his grandparents

Both with both sets of parents

Both with both sets of parents and siblings

Bride and Maid of Honour

Bride, Maid of Honour and bridesmaids

Groom and Best Man

Groom, Best Man & Groomsmen

All the women & girls

All the men & boys

Group shot with everyone


Parents being announced

Bridesmaids and Groomsmen being announced

Bride and Groom being announced

Bride and Groom’s first dance together

Bride and Groom dancing with family members (Bride with father, Groom with Mother, Bride with father in law, Groom with mother in law)

Best man’s speech & toast to the Bride and Groom

Toasting with champagne glasses

Close up of the wedding cake

Cake cutting

Kiss after the cake cutting

Bride throwing the bouquet

Groom removing Bride’s garter

Bride and Groom’s last dance

Remember, the above shots are to be used as a guide only.

All the best for your wedding!