Your wedding day is a day in your life that you'll want to remember forever—and you will. You'll remember the details, the feeling of your post "I do" kiss, and even a couple of songs that you broke it down to on the dance floor. But the best way to make sure your wedding memories are captured and recorded for a lifetime is through the photos that you take on the big day.
You'll have the urge to tell your photographer to snap photos of everything at every second, and, while that sounds like a good idea, it's better to come to the table before your wedding with an organized list of must have photos. The kind of photos that represent the key moments of the wedding and the people who filled the day with endless love, support, and excitement as they stood by your side and danced with you on the dance floor.
Besides the group photos of you and your new spouse, the bridal party, and the guests, there's a long list of other detail shots you'll want captured. There are so many small and intricate elements that you'll want your photographer to prioritize shooting, like your invitations, welcome bags, and other décor. You'll not only want these to preserve the memory of those special details, but, as the bride, you'll find yourself floating with nerves and excitement—you might very well miss the stunning centerpieces and pulled-together place settings that you spent so many hours grueling over on Pinterest. It's those special components that you'll be able to look back on and appreciate having in your wedding album.
So if you're wondering what must have photos to put on your shot list, we have you covered. We've flipped through countless real wedding albums and broke down the key moments of the wedding to bring you a list of 50 photos you should absolutely have your photographer capture. This way, for years to come after your wedding, you can sit back with your partner, relax, and relive the magic of the best day of your lives.
Let's take a look at those 50 photos, and don't forget to pin your favorites to your wedding inspiration board.
A Good Morning Shot
It's your wedding day and it's time to have some fun. Make the first photo of the day a special one—whether it's jumping on an unmade hotel room bed in your robe, or toasting a cup of coffee with your maid of honor—something that sets the tone that today is different, memorable, and extra exciting.
Have your photographer switch back and forth between the groomsmen and the bridesmaids so they can capture the getting ready process of both the men and the women. Be sure to coordinate this so that your photographer doesn't arrive to a room of groomsmen in their boxers, still asleep, or a scene of bridesmaids without any makeup on.
The Wedding Shoes
It may feel a bit like Cinderella to have your wedding shoes sitting all pretty under the spotlight, but since your heels may be covered by your gown, snap some photos of them alone, or beside your dress, so you can always remember the details of what carried you down the aisle.
The Groom's Boutonniere
A photo of the boutonniere is a necessity, so you can remember what it looked like before the party started and the groom's jacket came off—and the little boutonniere was nowhere to be found.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and if you get a couple of close up shots of the bride's and bridesmaids' bouquets, you'll probably even be able to trigger the smell of the fresh flowers that you picked out for them.
A Magazine Worthy Shot of the Bride
Consider this photo kind of like a professional selfie, except it's more staged and you're not the one holding the camera. Once you have your hair and makeup done, have the photographer take some photos of you in poses that may have you feeling like a cover model.
The First Look
If you're doing a first look before the ceremony, you'll love the photos of the dear moment when the two of you laid eyes on each other for the very first time.
The Father of the Bride First Look
What a moment! When the father of the bride sees his little girl in her wedding dress for the first time is sure to be a memorable moment. If your photographer is lucky, they may even catch a tear or two.
The Wedding Dress
Of course you'll have photos of you twirling around in it all night, but be sure to take a couple of artsy photos of the dress on a hanger or up against a fun colored wall that will make the bright white of your dress pop.
Candid Wedding Ceremony Moments
During your ceremony, capturing the looks of pure happiness and bliss while exchanging vows is essential.