36 Photos you Must Have on Your Wedding Day Shot List

There is so much going on during your wedding day and so many moments you want to make sure you get photos of. The best way to ensure that your wedding photographer gets all those ‘can’t miss’ moments is to give them a shot list. Depending on the photographer you hired, they will likely have their own shot list and will know most of the moments they need to capture. However, it is still good to give your photographer a shot list just in case and so that they know what shots are important to you.

You may not have time for every shot, as each shot can take 5 or so minutes, but you can pick and choose which ones are most important to you.

Getting Ready

  • Brides dress hanging up or on a chair
  • Detail shots of rings, shoes, jewelry, ties, vow books, etc.
  • Bride and Bridesmaids doing hair and makeup
  • Mom helping bride put on dress and veil
  • Groom getting ready with groomsmen


  • The ceremony set up with no guests
  • Guests coming into the ceremony
  • Bridesmaids and Groomsmen walking down the isle
  • Groom waiting for the bride to walk down the isle
  • Grandparents walking down the isle
  • Dad walking the Bride down the isle
  • The bride and groom at the alter
  • A wide shot of the entire ceremony
  • The first kiss
  • The bride and groom walking down the isle as they leave

Before the Reception

  • Family photos
  • The bridal party, together and separate
  • Individual photos with each of the bridesmaids and groomsmen
  • Bride and groom with immediate family
  • Photos of the bride and groom together
  • Bride and Groom with whole wedding party

The Reception

  • A shot of the whole venue set up
  • Detail shots of the tables, decor, etc.
  • Bride and groom at head table
  • A photo of each table
  • Bride and groom during the toasts
  • Bride and groom talking to guests
  • Bride and groom dancing
  • Parents dancing
  •  Siblings and grandparents dancing
  • Kids playing/dancing
  • Guests dancing during the dance party
  • Bride and groom cutting the cake
  • Bride and groom feeding each other the cake
  • Bouquet and garter toss
  • Bride and groom exiting the wedding

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