The Must-Have Wedding Day Photo List

A wedding day photo list is a great way to make sure your photographer doesn’t miss a moment of your wedding day.

Among the thousands of pictures taken by a photographer on your wedding day, here is helpful list of the most important wedding photos.

Here is my list of recommended must-have photos for a wedding day. I’ve also added the suggested wedding day timing for each event.


Groom Getting Ready (1 hour)

  • Details of the suit or tuxedo
  • Candid photos of groom and groomsmen
  • Groom getting ready
  • Groom and groomsmen posed and un-posed inside or outside

groom getting ready with father

Bride Getting Ready (1 to 1.5 hrs)

  • outside of the house or hotel to set the scene
  • Bridal make-up session
  • Bridesmaids getting ready
  • Candid moments to show the energy and fun of this time
  • Details of the wedding dress, bridal shoes, bridal accessories
  • Dress hanging alone or bride carrying the dress
  • Bride getting ready (lots of this – it’s the best!)
  • Bride and bridesmaids
  • Bride with mother (add sisters)
  • Father seeing bride for the first time (this is always an emotional moment)
  • Family photos inside the house or hotel
  • Bride getting ready to leave
  • Bride leaving the house or hotel

bride getting ready at salonBride putting on her dress

Ceremony (1 hour)

  • Bride arriving at ceremony location
  • Bride preparing to come down the aisle (putting on veil or last moments with parents)
  • Bride coming down the aisle
  • Groom seeing bride for the first time (can’t miss that)
  • Bride and groom together
  • Various angles during the ceremony
  • Shots of guests
  • Exchange of rings
  • Sip of wine and breaking of the glass (for Jewish weddings)
  • The first kiss as husband and wife!!!!! (in 10 years, I’ve never missed this moment. It is the most important)
  • Bride and groom walking back down the aisle
  • Bride and groom exiting the ceremony
  • Bride and groom greeting guests
  • Big group picture – always a great shot!

bride and groom exchanging ringsBride and groom signing bride and groom with all guests

Wedding Family Photo Checklist (30 minutes)

  • Bride and groom with Bride’s extended family
  • Bride and groom with Groom’s extended family
  • B&G with Bride’s family (including spouses, kids and grandparents)
  • B&G with Groom’s family (including spouses, kids and grandparents)
  • B&G and Bride’s parents
  • B&G and Groom’s parents
  • B and her immediate family (parents, sibblings)
  • B and her parents
  • B and siblings
  • G and his immediate family
  • G and his parents
  • G and his siblings

groom and familygroom and family laughing

Bridal Party Photo List (20 minutes)

  • B&G and whole bridal party
  • B&G and best man, maid of honour
  • B and bridesmaids
  • B and maid of honour
  • B and each bridesmaid (not essential but it makes a nice gift)
  • G and all groomsmen
  • G and best man
  • B&G and flowergirls and ring boy (adorable photo always)
  • B and flowergirls
  • G and ringboy

groom and ring boy

Bride and Groom Photo Shoot (30 minutes)

  • For this I like to do a mix of posed and candid shots. See some of my wedding photos in the wedding portfolio


Bride and groom in Old Port of Montreal

Cocktails and wedding décor photos

  • Candid and posed shots of guests at cocktails
  • Ambient photos showing the mood of the cocktails
  • Décor of the dining room before people have entered
  • Details on the tables, wedding centerpieces, place cards, everything!


Wedding Reception Photos


  • Bride and groom grand entrance
  • First dance
  • Speeches and toasts
  • B&G chatting with guests at the table
  • Dancing and more dancing!
  • Reception photos are almost all candid and provide great memories of everyone having an amazing time.


Groom dancing with motherbride and groom with friendsring boy dancing with headphones


Wedding Day Photo List Takeaway

Wedding photography is not just about the perfect wedding day shot list. It’s about being open to seeing every little moment as it happens. It’s about being there, camera ready to photograph and document the laughter, the joy and the emotion of the day.

Weddings are a very special moment in time. This is the one day you get to have everyone you love together in the same room. A wedding day is something to be celebrated and remembered. Hiring a professional wedding photographer will ensure that you will have wonderful photos to look back on in the coming years. You will have photos of your parents dancing at your wedding! You will have professional photos of friends and family together having fun, laughing and dancing.

So it is important make sure to choose a photographer who is able to capture that emotion and give you photos that will help the memories come rushing back. Photos that will make the wedding live on forever. For this reason, it’s a great idea to discuss a Wedding day list of photos and anything else that is important to you.

Happy wedding planning!


About the Author

Montreal photographerKate is a Montreal-based wedding photographer with 10 years of experience. She has photographed hundreds of weddings and enjoys sharing her insight with clients and blog followers. Her use of natural light and technical ease allows her to create memorable, unique and beautiful wedding photos for all her clients.

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