Wedding Day Photo List

Jan 24, 2023

Newly weds driving off in their car

On the day of your wedding, worrying about which pictures are taken should be the last thing the happy couple needs to worry about. There are so many moments that they will want to capture and remember since the excitement of the day can cause those moments to blur together. At Deer Creek Golf Club our day of coordinator will work with the couple to go over the moments they want and some they might not have thought about being captured. This is where a shot list comes in handy. 

What is a shot list in photography? It’s a guide to the moments of the wedding day that should be captured. Most professional photographers will have a shot list ready to go over with the couple. But just in case, here are a few shots to add to your wedding day photo list.

  • Pre-Wedding Photos
  • Wedding Ceremony Photos
  • Family and Wedding Party Photos 
  • Wedding Reception Photos
  • Exit Photos

Pre-Wedding Photos

This is where the pre-ceremony excitement gets documented. Have the photographer go around to the wedding party as they get ready at the wedding venue, the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other loved ones.

Our experts have put together a list of pictures to ask the wedding photographer to take. 

  • Wedding day or dress hanging on the wardrobe 
  • Wedding party getting ready (applying makeup, doing hair, getting dressed)
  • Parents or guardians helping the wed-to-be with the details of the wedding day outfits
  • Full-length shot of the wed-to-be looking in the mirror or putting jewelry on in the mirror 
  • Detailed shot of the clothing, shoes, accessories, and other specialty items 
  • To-be-wed with their sibling(s)
  • To-be-wed with the wedding party 

There are other shots outside of these basics, like if the couple decides to do a first look moment together before the ceremony. 

Wedding Ceremony Photos

Of course, the photographer will get pictures throughout the ceremony. Our day of coordinator offers some other details that should be added to the wedding day photo list. 

  • Guest entering the venue 
  • Close-up of the groom waiting for the bride to walk down the aisle
  • Wedding party walking down the aisle 
  • The bride walking down the aisle either by themselves or being escorted by their loved one
  • Close-up of the couple at the altar 
  • Wide shot of the audience during the ceremony from the couple’s point of view 
  • Faces of the couples as they exchange vows
  • Close-up of the exchange of rings
  • First kiss (Ask the officiant to move) 
  • The wedding party recessional as they exit the ceremony 
  • Couple getting in their exit vehicle (limo, old school car, etc.)

Family & Wedding Party Photos

This is the part of the day when the couple needs to prepare to stand a smile for a lot of pictures. Our photo shot list for weddings includes the couple together for a portrait, the couple looking at each other, the couple hugging or kissing, and then the couple with each part of the family. 

  • Couple with one side of the new family
  • Couple with the other side of the new family
  • Couple with all the parents 
  • Couple with the bridesmaids 
  • Couple with the groomsmen 
  • Couple with the whole wedding party 

Wedding Reception Photos

Now it’s time to let the celebration begin! While the reception photos will of course be full of dancing, singing, and enjoyment of the event, here are a few memorable moments they don’t want to miss. 

  • Shot from outside of the reception venue
  • Reception details (place cards, guest book, centerpieces, decorations, and more!)
  • Couple arriving at the reception
  • Couple at the head table
  • Parents’ tables
  • Guests’ tables
  • Close up of friends and family making toasts
  • Couple simple champagne
  • Couple chatting with the guests
  • Detail shots of the food and cake
  • Couples first dance
  • Couple’s dances with their parents 
  • Wedding party dancing
  • Cake cutting moment

Overall, capturing any details of the night will allow the couple to fully enjoy it over and over again as the years go on. 

Exit Photos

Now the night has come to an end and the couple will be off on their honeymoon. Our wedding experts have put together a few final details for the wedding day photo list. 

  • Couple leaving the reception (Check out our wedding exit ideas here!)
  • Couple waving from the vehicle as they leave 
  • Read of the couple’s vehicle as it departs

Contact Deer Creek Today!

If you are in the market for a wedding venue, contact Deer Creek today! Our experts can offer pricing details, timeline tips, and more for your big day.