Checklist

Pre-ceremony

  • Bride's gown before she slips it on
  • Bride having her hair styled and makeup applied
  • Candid shots of the bride and her 'maids getting ready
  • Bridal party reacting to the bride in her gown
  • Bride heading to the ceremony site
  • Bride and her father just before walking down the aisle
  • Groom with his father
  • Candid shots of the groom and groomsmen getting ready
  • Groom heading to the ceremony site
  • Dramatic on-site landscapes (such as stormy skies, lush woods, fields of flowers)

Ceremony site

  • Exterior and interior of the ceremony site before guests arrive
  • Guests arriving
  • Bridal party arriving
  • Musicians performing
  • Family members being seated
  • Processional and recessional
  • Bride and her father (or escort) walking down the aisle
  • Groom reacting to bride walking down the aisle
  • Father giving the bride away
  • Wide shot of the altar/chuppah
  • Bride and groom reciting their vows
  • Bride and groom exchanging rings
  • The couple's first kiss
  • Bride and groom being introduced to their guests as a married couple
  • Bride and groom exiting their ceremony site
  • Receiving line
  • Bride and groom in their getaway car

Reception site

  • Exterior and interior shots of the reception site before guests arrive
  • Table settings
  • Menu, escort, and table cards
  • Guests signing the book
  • Escort-card table
  • Food stations and bar setup during cocktail hour
  • Bridal-party table
  • Bride and groom cutting the cake
  • Wedding-party entrances
  • Guests seated at their tables
  • Bride and groom's first dance
  • Toasts and blessing (if applicable)
  • Father-daughter dance
  • Mother-son dance
  • Band or DJ
  • Guests dancing
  • Bouquet and garter toss, anniversary dance
  • Candid shots throughout the night
  • Bride and groom send-off

Formal portraits

  • Bride and groom, each alone
  • Bride and groom posed together
  • Bride and groom with wedding party
  • Bride with her family
  • Groom with his family
  • Bride and groom with bride's family
  • Bride and groom with groom's family
  • Both families together
  • Bride with her mother
  • Groom with his father
  • Flower girl and ring bearers with bride and groom

Close-ups

  • Bridal bouquet
  • Boutonniere
  • Shoes
  • Details on the bride's gown
  • Details on the groom's attire such as cuff links
  • Jewelry
  • Ceremony programs
  • Centerpieces
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Specialty drinks
  • Wedding cake
  • Favors

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