Wedding Planner Hertfordshire Shares the Ultimate Wedding Photo Checklist

Updated: Oct 12

Today on the blog I am sharing a photo checklist of my own, these checklists can be very personal and you can choose whatever will work for you.

Here are some of my ideas...


Before the Big Day

  • Engagement Shoot - this is a great opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera and get to know your photographer.

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Wedding Day: Pre-Ceremony Wedding Photo Checklist


Getting Ready

  • Flat Lays - Stationery, Jewellery, Ribbons etc.

  • Bride(s) and bridesmaids getting their hair and makeup done

  • Dress hanging, jewellery laid out, shoes etc.

  • Bouquets and buttonholes

  • Bride(s) putting on dress/veil with help from mother of the bride or bridesmaids

  • Bridal party

  • Close up of dress details

  • Putting on jewellery & shoes

  • Close up of bride holding bouquet

  • Mother and bride portrait

  • Father and bride portrait

  • Family shots

  • Bride(s) spending moment alone

  • Bridal party walking down stairs/leaving the house

  • Bride and father in wedding car/walking to ceremony

  • Groom(s) and groomsmen getting ready

  • Groom(s) spending moment alone

  • Wedding ring shots






















The Trip to the Ceremony/Venue

  • Bride(s) and father/mother

  • Bride(s) and bridesmaids/flower girls

  • Groom(s) and groomsmen/page boys

  • Shot of the wedding car

First Look

This is seen as being very personal and entirely optional... many couples choose to see each other before the ceremony as a way of spending a few quiet moments together and/or reducing any nerves, asking their wedding photographer to capture the moment.

  • Couple alone for first look


Wedding Day: Wedding Ceremony Photo Checklist

If you are getting married in a church, double check with them before to ask whether they allow photographs inside as some churches say no - (Checking this is important!!)

  • Shots of empty venue/church, including altar, flowers, interior and exterior details

  • Groom and groomsmen waiting inside venue/church

  • Guests outside and inside church

  • Ushers handing out program

  • Bride(s) arriving in wedding car

  • Bride(s) stepping out of car

  • Bride(s) and bridesmaids at back of venue/church

  • Bridal party entrance

  • Bride(s) walking up the aisle

  • Groom's reaction

  • Father/mother giving bride away

  • Exchanging of vows

  • Ring bearer

  • Exchanging of the rings

  • Participants such as readers, the officiant, musicians etc.

  • The first kiss as a married couple, and the moment after

  • Signing the register

  • The couple walking back down the aisle

  • Newlywed shot

  • Confetti throwing

  • Greeting guests outside venue

  • Couple in the back seat of wedding car


- Images by Gareth Jones Photography at Royston Heath
















Wedding Day: Wedding Reception Photo Checklist


A Wedding Reception filled with colour & decor...

  • The reception space set up, before room fills up

  • Details and room decor shots, including table settings, place cards, favours, centrepieces etc.

  • Wedding cake detail shots/ Cutting of the cake

  • Couple arriving

  • Toasts and speeches

  • The first dance

  • Bride(s) dancing with father/groom(s) dancing with mother

  • Couple mingling with guests

  • Guests dancing

  • Musicians/ singers

  • Couple greeting guests

  • Guests seated

  • Guests signing wedding book

  • Gifts

  • Toasts

  • Assorted shots of guests during meal and speeches

  • Bride’s father’s speech

  • Groom’s speech

  • Best man’s speech




- Images by Nataly J Photography at the beautiful Furtho Manor Farm💕










Thank you for reading,


Beth x


Wedding Planner and Stylist


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