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The Ultimate Wedding Day Photo Checklist

Apr 10 2014 - 6:15am

You spend months planning your wedding [1], and then just like that, it's passed you by in a flash. Thankfully, great photos can capture every aspect of the big day — even the tiny details you may have forgotten to notice. Without a doubt, there are certain shots no wedding [2] should go without (like a bridesmaid powwow before sending the bride off). Here, we've broken down those must-snap moments [3] so that even years from now, you can take a look at the pictures and feel like it happened just yesterday.

Hanging Dress

Whether it's hanging in front of a window or from a bedpost, the dress deserves to be captured in its full glory.

Photo by Jen Fariello Photography [4] via Style Me Pretty [5]

Bridesmaids Getting Ready

A good photographer knows that plenty of special moments arise when bridesmaids get ready together.

Photo by Watson Studios [6] via Style Me Pretty [7]

Maid of Honor Zipping Up the Bride

It's one of the last finishing touches before the bride says "I do" and an important duty of being her right-hand gal.

Photo by Valo Photography [8] via Style Me Pretty [9]

Groomsmen Hanging Out

They may not take as long to get ready as the ladies, so some of the best guy shots can come when they're just hanging out together.

Photo by Joielala [10] via 100 Layer Cake [11]

The Portait

Hair done? Check. Makeup done? Double check. That means it's time for the up-close portrait of the beautiful bride.

Photo by Mi Belle Inc. [12] via Style Me Pretty [13]

The First Look

First there's the anxiety and excitement, then all the joy that just pours from their faces — capturing the first look is a beautiful thing!

Photo by Kelly Boitano Photography [14] via Style Me Pretty [15]

Vow Backdrop

Backdrops are beautiful in their own right, and there's something wonderful about snapping the setting before it fills up with guests.

Photo by Steve Steinhardt [16] via Green Wedding Shoes [17]

The Little Ones

Who can resist taking photos of the oh-so-cute flower girls and ring bearers?

Photo by Kelian Photography [18] via Wedding Chicks [19]

Walk Down the Aisle

It's the moment that kicks it all off and one that you'll want to revisit over and over again.

Photo by Rizza San Agustin [20] via Style Me Pretty [21]

Groom Watching the Bride Walk Down the Aisle

Some of the most heartwarming photos from a wedding [22] often come from a smiling, sometimes teary-eyed groom as he watches the bride walk toward him.

Photo by This Love of Yours . . . Photography [23] via Style Me Pretty [24]

The Vows

Of course you wish you could freeze your vow exchange forever in time. But the next best thing? A lovely photo to remember it by.

Photo by Shannen Norman Photography [25] via Green Wedding Shoes [26]

Wedding Rings

What wedding [27] photo roundup would be complete without a picture of the marriage symbol?

Photo by Charlotte Jenks Lewis [28] via 100 Layer Cake [29]

Bride's Bouquet

You can't save a beautiful bouquet forever, which is where great photos come in.

Photo by Birds of a Feather [30] via Green Wedding Shoes [31]

Venue Landscape

Some wedding [32] locations are so pretty, pictures of them look like a postcards.

Photo by Michelle Gardella Photography [33] via 100 Layer Cake [34]

The Entire Wedding Party

One of the top wedding-shot must haves? Getting everyone from the wedding [35] party together in one picture.

Photo by Joy from Wildflowers Photos [36] via Green Wedding Shoes [37]

Playful Pet

If Fido or Whiskers is a big part of your duo, then you'll be all the happier for having him in your wedding [38] shots.

Photo by Isabelle Selby Photography [39] via Style Me Pretty [40]

Environmental Shot

Chances are you chose your wedding [41] location for its great scenery or backdrop, so don't forget a shot of you two surrounded by all its beauty.

Photo by Mark Brooke Photography [42] via Style Me Pretty [43]

Family Portrait

A photo of both families is a treasure that will make you smile even years down the line.

Photo by Sarah Layne Photography [44] via 100 Layer Cake [45]

Floral Arrangements

You can never have too many photos of flowers, especially when they add such gorgeous dimension to your big day.

Photo by EE Photography [46] via Style Me Pretty [47]

Escort Cards

Escort cards can be quite creative, and they're a fun detail to round out all the other wedding [48] shots.

Photo by Jana Williams [49] via Green Wedding Shoes [50]

Paper Goods

With their fun fonts and colors, paper signs are a charming touch deserving of some photog attention.

Photo by Austin Gros [51] via Wedding Chicks [52]

Candid Kiss

In the midst of all the action, a kissing couple is a sweet sight to see.

Photo by Gabriel Ryan Photographers [53] via 100 Layer Cake [54]

Table Setting

You poured hours into choosing napkin shades and glass styles — why not remember the beautiful creation?

Photo by Sweet Little Photographs [55] via Green Wedding Shoes [56]

Decor Details

Sometimes it takes a little zooming in to catch all the stunning details of your big-day setup.

Photo by Joielala [57] via 100 Layer Cake [58]

The Toasts

Laughs, tears, and everything in between — speeches and toasts by loved ones promise all kinds of photo gems.

Photo by Emily Blake [59] via Style Me Pretty [60]

Dessert Table

Dessert tables are nothing but fun to photograph, whether you have one cake or a bunch of smaller sweets.

Photo by La Luz Photography [61] via 100 Layer Cake [62]

Entertainment

Whether it's the band that jammed all night long or the painter who worked his magic, remember the talented folks who upped your wedding [63] with a snap or two.

Photo by Les Loups [64] via 100 Layer Cake [65]

Father-Daughter Dance

Or the mother-son dance. Both are incredibly special moments you'll never want to forget.

Photo by Jeffrey & Julia Woods [66] via Style Me Pretty [67]

First Dance

Slow song, dance jam — it doesn't matter. The first dance is definitely something that should make it into your wedding [68] album.

Photo by Gabriel Ryan Photographers [69] via 100 Layer Cake [70]

Dance Floor Groovin'

Who doesn't love good photos of shenanigans on the dance floor?

Photo by Fondly Forever Photography [71] via Wedding Chicks [72]

Reception Rituals

Just think of all the fun photo ops that will come out of the garter and bouquet tosses.

Photo by Troy Grover Photographers [73] via 100 Layer Cake [74]

The "Just Married" Ride

Letting the world know you just got hitched as you drive around town — it's a classic snap that just can't be missed.

Photo by Blueberry Photography [75] via Style Me Pretty [76]

The Send-Off

Wedding [77] send-offs are so fun and picture perfect.

Photo by EE Photography [78] via Style Me Pretty [79]

The Ultimate Wedding Day Photo Checklist

Print this checklist (click here for downloadable version [80]) when planning the big day with your photographer and videographer.


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