A Complete Wedding Day Shot List – 2024

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!

Elegant, modern wedding flat lay details in the sun. The flat lay details includes cheek wedding shoes, a white and green bouquet, perfume, a veil and rings in a vintage ring holder

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 (putting on mascara or lipstick etc.)
  • 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
Wedding shot of a sparkly wedding dress with embroidery and lace hanging from a bridal hanger against a black back drop
Wedding shot of a Bride admiring her wedding dress hanging from a door next to a window, with the light shining through illuminating the details of the dress
A bride swaying around in a voluptuous, ball gown dress in the bridal suite of the Van Dusen Mansion in Minneapolis, Minnesota
A fun wedding shot of a bride, and her bridesmaids in their matching black outfits, doing a champagne spray to celebrate the start of the wedding day in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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
Groom with navy blue suit adjusting his cuffs on his white long sleeve shirt
Groomsmen throwing groom in the air at Ivory North Co in Minnesota
Wedding shot of groom with his best man and dad giving him encouraging taps on his back and shoulder in Minneapolis, MN
Groom in a navy blue suit surrounded by his groomsmen in oatmeal colored suits with peach boutonniere pocket squares in Stillwater, 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 in an open back wedding dress with criss cross straps standing behind her groom while he faces away waiting to turn around and see his bride for the first time in her wedding dress
Bridesmaids in black dresses standing in a row closing their eyes as they're about to open them and see the final reveal of the bride in her wedding dress
Emotional bride and groom exchanging private vows in a field with trees in Minnesota
A bride swaying around in her dress in front of her bridesmaids who are wearing terracotta bridesmaids dresses

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
Bride and groom standing underneath a clear umbrella in the mist rain with a  simple white rose bouquet at the Machine Shop Wedding venue in Minneapolis
Close up wedding shot of Bride and groom standing underneath a clear umbrella with small rain droplets on, at the Machine Shop Wedding venue in Minneapolis
Bride and Groom in focus looking at each other while the wedding party is out of focus running around them

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/Champagne tower
  • Sunset Portraits of Bride & Groom
  • Speeches
  • First dances
  • Dancing and partying
  • Sparkler exit
Wedding shot of bride and groom slow dancing in front of a big window inside the Van Dusen Mansion in Minneapolis
Flash photo of bride and groom kissing during their cake cutting
Bride in a sparkly long sleeve wedding dress pouring champagne into the top glass of the champagne tower
Wedding day sparkler exit shot of Bride & groom kissing at the end of the tunnel
Confetti pop during speeches at a wedding in Stillwater Minnesota
Bride dancing and lifting her hands in the air on the dance floor with glow and the dark sticks around them
Bride and groom kissing during golden hour on the Stillwater Bridge crossing the Mississippi river with their wedding party following behind
Sunset portrait shot of a bride and groom underneath a veil with pearls

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 timeless, documentary style 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.

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