A Complete Wedding Day Shot List

If you’re looking for a complete wedding day shot list to ensure you capture every single beautiful moment- then this is for you! Say goodbye to missed moments! This comprehensive wedding day shot list covers it all. Create memories that last a lifetime, a long with some bonus tips for the best wedding day ever. Let’s dive right in!

Beautiful wedding flat-lay details of white wedding shoes with bow, rings and boho boquet

Bride Getting Ready Shot List

  • Flat-lay details (Rings, invitations, flowers, shoes, perfume, garter, dress, veil and any other important details)
  • Dress shot hanging by stairs or window
  • Final hair and make up touch ups of Bride, Bridesmaids and Mothers of Bride & Groom
  • Bridesmaids in matching outfits (Champagne spray, sitting together on the bed, cheering together etc)
  • Bride admiring her dress before putting it on
  • Bride getting into her dress
  • Mom helping Bride with her dress
  • Bride putting on her shoes, spraying perfume and putting on jewelry
Mother-of-the-bride helping Bride zip up her beautiful open back wedding dress

Groom Getting Ready Shot List

  • Groom with all his groomsmen in their “natural habitat” 😉 (Usually chilling, playing pool, maybe golfing or watching football etc)
  • Groom putting on his shoes
  • Groom putting on his tie (can include best man or Dad)
  • Groom putting on his jacket
  • Groom adjusting his cuffs
Wedding shot of groom getting ready and adjusting his bow tie in Minnesota

First Looks Shot List

  • Bride doing a final reveal with bridesmaids (can include Mother and Mother-in-law)
  • Bride doing a first look with her Dad
  • Bride and Groom first look
  • Bonus first looks can include: Grandparents, siblings etc
Bride and Groom First look shot in North Dakota at Lone Oak Farm wedding venue

Pre-Ceremony Shot List

  • Bride and groom portraits straight after first look
  • Fun wedding party group photos with bridesmaids and groomsmen
  • Individuals shots with each bridesmaid
  • Individual shots with each groomsmen
  • Fun photos with Bride and bridesmaids
  • Fun photos with Groom and groomsmen
  • Fun photos with Bride and groomsmen
  • Fun photos with Groom and bridesmaids
  • Immediate family photos
  • Venue details of interior and exterior, floral arrangements, table decor and seating
Wedding Party Fun group photos on the Stillwater bridge in Minnesota

Ceremony Shot List

  • Empty ceremony location
  • Candids of guests walking in
  • Groom walking parents down the aisle
  • Groom walking grandparents down the aisle
  • Each couple walking down the aisle
  • Flower girls and ring bearers walking down the aisle
  • Bride and Father walking down the aisle
  • Grooms reaction
  • Father giving Bride Away
  • Bride and Groom standing together by the altar
  • Wide shot of the whole ceremony space with Bride and Groom up front
  • Mother-and-father of the Bride
  • Mother-and-father of the Groom
  • Groomsmen standing up front
  • Bridesmaids standing up front
  • Special readings and unity ceremony (lighting candles together, pouring sand, tying knot etc)
  • Exchange of rings and vows
  • The first kiss
  • Bride and Groom walking back down the aisle as Mr & Mrs (Confetti throw)
  • Dip kiss at the end of the aisle with guests cheering in the background
  • Immediately after ceremony group shot of all the guests
Bride and Groom dip kissing while guests throw confetti at them

After Ceremony Shot List

  • Receiving line and/or guests congratulating couple
  • Extended family photos and group photos
  • Cocktail hour (food, guests mingling etc)
  • Grand Entrance
  • Cake Cutting
  • Sunset Portraits of Bride & Groom
  • Speeches
  • First dances
  • Dancing and partying
  • Sparkler exit
Wedding day sparkler exit shot of Bride & groom kissing at the end of the tunnel

About Heidi Straus Photography

Hi, I’m Heidi Straus- a Wedding and Elopement Photographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’m an energetic, fun person who loves capturing warm, candid photos. I like taking direction and making my couples feel extremely comfortable in front of the camera! I hope you found this wedding day shot list guide extremely helpful! If you’re in need of a photographer who can help you plan and capture your special day – let’s chat! Inquire by filling out my contact form HERE. I will happily send over my detailed investment guide and welcoming brochure.

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Bonus Tips for Your Wedding Day

Now that you have the perfect shot list for your wedding day, you’re going to need the best wedding day timeline to make sure you have enough time to capture all these special moments! Click HERE for the best wedding day timeline for your wedding day.

After crafting up the best wedding day timeline, be sure to check out these super helpful top tips for brides HERE.

Sunset portrait of Bride and Groom kissing with her veil blowing in the wind

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