Your Must-Have Wedding Photo Checklist


words by | Eve Green

In our 10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Photographer blog we suggested asking your photographer if you can provide a list of specific shots you would like taken before and during your wedding ceremony and reception. Professional and experienced photographers will know how and when to capture all the most important moments of your big day. However, there may be a few specific events and/or posed photos that you and your fiancé or partner would really like to include. Although most provide a detailed worksheet for the couple to fill out regarding which photos they want, many photographers welcome a list of desired wedding photos from the couple. As such, we have compiled Your Must-Have Wedding Photo Checklist! From bridal portraits and “first look” images to photos of each respective family, Toledo Wedding Guide has you covered! Consider the follow list of must-have photos for your wedding.

Getting Ready

  • Bride in hair and makeup

  • Bridesmaids in hair and makeup

  • Mother of the bride helping the bride put on her wedding dress

  • Bridesmaids reaction to the bride in her wedding dress

  • Bride putting on garter

  • Bride putting on shoes

  • Father of the bride’s reaction to seeing the bride

  • Bride reading note from groom

  • Bride opening gift from groom

  • Groom reading note from bride

  • Groom opening gift from bride

  • Groom getting ready

  • Groomsmen getting ready

  • Groomsmen having  boutonnieres pinned on

Detail Shots

  • Bride’s shoes

  • Bride’s jewelry

  • Bride’s wedding dress

  • Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue

  • Bride’s bouquet

  • Bridesmaids’ bouquets

  • Groom’s boutonniere

  • Groomsmen’s boutonnieres

  • Groom’s tie or bow tie

  • Groom’s shoes or colorful socks

  • Wedding bands and engagement ring


  • Bridal portraits

  • Bride and bridesmaids

  • Bride and maid or matron of honor

  • Bride and flower girl(s) and any other young attendants

  • Bride, parents and siblings

  • Groom’s portraits

  • Groom and groomsmen

  • Groom and best man

  • Groom and ring bearer

  • Groom and parents and siblings

  • First look


  • Exterior and interior of ceremony venue

  • Mothers being escorted down the aisle

  • Grandparents being escorted down the aisle

  • Bridesmaids walking down the aisle

  • Groom and groomsmen waiting at the altar

  • Bride as she makes her big entrance

  • Bride and her father walking down the aisle

  • Groom’s reaction to the bride

  • Overhead full shot of church and guests

  • Bride and groom reciting vows

  • Bride and groom exchanging rings

  • The first kiss

  • The newlyweds walking down the aisle during the recessional

  • Bride and groom driving off after the ceremony

Group Photos

  • Bride and groom

  • Bride, groom and bride’s parents

  • Bride, groom and bride’s family

  • Bride, groom and groom’s parents

  • Bride, groom and groom’s family

  • Bride, groom and siblings

  • Bride, groom and both sets of parents

  • Bride, groom and both families

  • Bride, groom and bride’s grandparents

  • Bride, groom and groom’s grandparents

  • Bride, groom and both sets of grandparents

  • Bride, groom, maid of honor and best man

  • Bride, Groom, flower girl and ring bearer

  • Bride and groomsmen

  • Groom and bridesmaids

  • Bride, groom and full wedding party


  • Exterior & interior of reception venue

  • Wedding party reception entrance

  • Bride and groom reception entrance

  • Toasts

  • Bride and groom’s first dance

  • Bride dancing with father

  • Groom dancing with mother

  • Wedding party dancing

  • Guests dancing

  • Cake cutting

  • Bride tossing the bouquet

  • Groom removing the bride’s garter

  • Groom tossing the garter

  • Any signature moments

Reception Detail Shots

  • Invitation suite

  • Place cards

  • Menus

  • Table settings

  • Favors

  • Centerpieces

  • Decor

  • Cake

  • Signature cocktails

  • Champagne

Your wedding day will be full of unforgettable moments over which you will reminisce for years to come. Prepare in advance by discussing your must-have wedding photos with your photographer to guarantee not a single special moment is missed!