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Must-Take Wedding Photo Checklist

A week or so before the ceremony, supply the photographer with a list of moments that are important to you. Pick and choose from these 79 photo ops, keeping in mind that each shot should take about four minutes.

Getting Ready

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    Bride having her hair styled and makeup applied

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    Bride’s gown hanging on a padded hanger, spread on the bed, or draped over a chair

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    Still life shots of the bride’s shoes, jewelry, something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue

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    Detailed shots of the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets

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    Candid shots of the bridesmaids getting dressed

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    Mother buttoning or zipping up the bride’s dress

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    Mother helping the bride with one last detail, such as the veil

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    Full-length shot of the bride in her gown, looking at herself in a mirror

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    Bridesmaids reacting to the bride in her gown

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    Father seeing the bride in her gown

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    Bride with her parents and siblings

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    Bride with her bridesmaids

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    Groom getting ready with his father and groomsmen

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    Close-up shot of the wedding bands

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    Groom with his parents and siblings

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    Groom with the best man

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    Groom with his groomsmen

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    Groomsmen putting on boutonnieres or ties

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    Bride and groom separately making their way to the ceremony

The Ceremony

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    Exterior and interior shots of the site before guests arrive

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    Groom walking down the aisle with his mother

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    Close-up of groom’s expression while waiting for the bride

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    Bridal party walking down the aisle

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    Both sets of grandparents walking down the aisle

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    Bride and her escort waiting to walk down the aisle

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    Close-up of bride just before she makes her entrance

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    Bride and her escort walking down the aisle

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    Groom reacting to bride walking down the aisle

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    Bride’s escort giving her away

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    Bride and groom at the altar or the chuppah

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    Both sets of parents watching the ceremony

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    Wide shot of the altar or chuppah, from the guests’ point of view

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    Wide shot of the guests, from the couple’s point of view

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    Special moments, such as the candle lighting and the readings

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    Close-up of the bride and groom as they recite their vows

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    Close-up of the bride and groom’s hands as they exchange rings

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    The kiss!

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    Close-up of the newlyweds immediately after the ceremony

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    Bride and groom hugging family and friends

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    Bride showing off her wedding ring to her bridesmaids

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    Bride and groom leaving the ceremony site

Before the Reception (or Ceremony)

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    Bride and groom together

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    Bride with her mother

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    Bride with her father

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    Bride with both parents

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    Bride with her entire immediate family

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    Groom with his mother

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    Groom with his father

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    Groom with both parents

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    Groom with his entire immediate family

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    Bride and groom with bride’s family

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    Bride and groom with groom’s family

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    Bride and groom with both sets of parents

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    Bride and groom with immediate family members from both sides

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    Bride and groom with bridesmaids

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    Bride and groom with groomsmen

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    Bride and groom with flower girl and ring bearer

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    Bride and groom with entire wedding party

The Reception

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    Exterior and interior shots of the site before the guests arrive

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    Still-life shots of place cards, menus, centerpieces, decorations, table settings, favors, and Champagne glasses

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    The cake

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    Hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks

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    Guests arriving and signing the guest book

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    Bride and groom arriving

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    Close-ups of friends and family making toasts

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    Bride and groom sipping Champagne at their table

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    Bride and groom speaking with guests

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    Bride and groom’s first dance

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    Bride dancing with her father

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    Groom dancing with his mother

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    Parents and grandparents dancing

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    Wedding party dancing

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    Musicians, deejay, and/or entertainers performing

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    Guests dancing

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    Bride and groom dancing with the bridal party

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    Bride and groom cutting the cake

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    Bouquet toss

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    Newlyweds’ vehicle

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    Bride and groom leaving the reception