The Wedding Photography Shots You Don’t Want To Miss

Even though your wedding day passes by in such a blur, it’s good to know that you can relive it all over again a few weeks later when your photographer calls to tell you that your photos are ready! This is a great excuse to open a bottle of wine, curl up together and pore, laugh and cry over every single snap that tells the story of your day, and highlights the most special moments.

A good photographer should know instinctively which shots to take and which moments to capture, but they can’t read your mind. If you have something specific in mind, you need to let them know so they can add it to their shot list.

Here are ten wedding photography shots you don’t want to miss. Show this list to your photographer and add on any extra moments that you want to capture forever.

Groom wells with tears as he sees his bride
Capture those beautiful, tear-jerking memories. Wedding photographer Fabio Azanha, Portugal

1. Scene-setting Shots

Before the action kicks off, there is a fantastic opportunity to take photos of all the little details from the day: the bouquets, the venue, the decorations, the cars, and even the guests arriving. These images will help set the scene and bring back the atmosphere of the day when you look over them later.

2. Groom Getting Ready

For the groom, these will include the straightening of the tie, the adjusting of cufflinks, the best man and other groomsmen, and maybe even a cheeky shot of the (one) pre-wedding pint.

3. Bride Getting Ready

For the bride, you will want a full-length picture of the dress hanging up, plus a few other artsy images of the dress, the veil and the accessories. You’ll also want a few images of the hair and makeup, the bridesmaids, the mothers, the flower girls, and finally the first image of the bride in her dress.

Bride getting ready for her wedding
Wedding Photographer William Lambelet, France

4. The Service

These should show the groom waiting for his bride, the bride’s arrival, and the look on both faces when they see each other for the first time. All the key moments during the service should be documented (the rings, the vows, etc), especially the first kiss!

5. The Confetti Shot

If you’re going down the traditional route – this is the photo you’ll frame and cherish.

6. Couple Shots

The first images of the married couple. Depending on the weather and the light, these could be inside or outside, and close-up or full length. If you want a few quirky shots of the two of you together, now is the time to take them.

Bride arriving to ceremony in car
Wedding Photographer Wellington Fugisse, Brazil

7. Family Shots

Make sure your photographer knows who all the key people are (parents, grandparents, uncles, aunties and cousins, plus best friends and special guests) and takes photos of every combination imaginable. Agree a list in advance for these to make sure that a checklist can be ticked off on the day and everyone you wished to be pictured together has been captured.

8. The Toasts

These should include reaction shots from the guests, the bride and groom, and the person who is giving the speech. This is also a good opportunity to take pictures of the centrepieces, food and wedding cake and, of course, the cutting of the cake.

Newly married couple about to cut their wedding cake
Wedding Photographer Giorgio Baruffi, Italy

9. The Party Shots

Starting with the all important First Dance and ending with everyone letting their hair down, you should be able to get some great ‘au natural’ shots.

10. The Final Shots

Whether you are heading straight off on honeymoon or staggering back to your room, you will want some photographic evidence, because you probably won’t remember it!

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