You've been waiting for Mr. Right for EVER, and your wedding day is FINALLY here. When you hire your professional photographer, (PLEASE do not delegate this important duty to a friend) it is helpful to give them an idea of what you are looking for in MUST HAVE wedding photos. Make sure you give your photographer the quantity of time they need to photograph your wedding to get you incredible memories. After your wedding day there are NO “do overs.”
ROUND-UP PEOPLE For your family and friends, assign a “round-up” person who knows the bride’s side, and another one which knows the groom’s side. Give them your list so you don’t forget your VIPs on your wedding day. Don’t expect your wedding planner, or your photographer to round up your family and friends – we don’t have any idea who these people are, or what they look like. You will be happy you assigned someone this important task! This is perfect for an organized person who would like to help you out, and knows most of your family and friends!
TIMELINE Have a detailed photography timeline so everyone knows when to arrive, and where to meet to get their flowers. If you don’t, it is disorganized, and many spend time waiting when they didn’t have to be ready, and it is frustrating. Be respectful of the time of your photographer, family, and friends.
As the wedding planner, a photography timeline is something I work closely with your photographer to make sure we have who we need, and where we need them. This is customized for each wedding with names of who is needed, and where, then e-mailed to you for approval, then distribution to the wedding party and immediate family. As your wedding planner, your wedding party gets hair and makeup schedules customized (if your hair and makeup stylist don’t handle this). Your entire wedding party and immediate family get an itinerary to know when and where to be somewhere, so they are “in the know.”
GETTING READY WEDDING PHOTO IDEAS
□ Bride having hair styled and makeup applied (wear something FUN)!
□ Wedding party in personalized robes, shirts, and shoes (BEFORE getting into
□ Closeup photos of bride’s wedding gown details.
□ Bride’s wedding gown on a “photo worthy hanger” (get a Mrs. “last name”
hanger from Etzy.com or search, Wedding Dress Hangers). Take this
photo FIRST so the bride may get in her gown!
□ Artsy shots of your dress, shoes, jewelry, something old, something new, something
borrowed, and something blue, sixpence for your shoe, etc.
□ Close-up shot of wedding bands
□ Bride’s bouquet, bridesmaids bouquet, and flower girl halos/baskets
□ Candid shots bridesmaids getting dressed.
□ MOB (Mother of Bride) zipping, lacing, or buttoning the bride’s dress.
□ MOB helping the bride with one final detail (veil, jewelry, hair accessory, etc.).
□ Full-length photo of the bride in her gown, looking at herself in a mirror, or something artsy.
□ MOB/bridesmaids reacting to the bride in her gown.
□ Bride and First Look with FOB (Father of the Bride).
□ Bride with her MOH (Maid of Honor or Matron of Honor).
□ Bride with her bridesmaids.
□ Bride with her parents and siblings.
□ Groom with groomsmen getting ready.
□ Groom with best man.
□ Groom with his groomsmen.
□ Groom with his parents and siblings.
□ Groom finishing last touches to get dressed with MOG (Mother of Groom) or
FOG (Father of Groom).
BEFORE THE CEREMONY PHOTO IDEAS
□ First Look Photos when the Groom sees the Bride for the first time
(traditionally only photographers and videographers are with the bride and groom at this
private moment! These are the BEST photos ever, and HIGHLY recommend a First Look.)
□ Bride with her mom.
□ Bride with her dad.
□ Bride with both parents.
□ Bride with her entire immediate family.
□ Groom with his mom.
□ Groom with his dad.
□ Groom with both parents.
□ Groom with his entire immediate family.
□ Bride and groom with bride’s family.
□ Bride and groom with groom’s family.
□ Bride and groom with both sets of parents.
□ Bride and groom with immediate family from both sides.
□ Bride and groom with flower girl and ring bearer.
□ Bride and groom with flower girl and “here comes the bride” sign.
□ Bride and groom with ring bearer and “happily ever after” sign.
□ Bride and groom with entire wedding party.
□ Bride and groom with entire wedding party and props (colored parasols, sunglasses, signage)
CEREMONY PHOTO IDEAS
□ Exterior and interior shots of the site before guests arrive.
□ Details on the aisle décor and altar décor.
□ Musicians playing.
□ Honored family members being seated.
□ Grandparents entrance
□ Parents of the Groom’s entrance
□ Mother of the Bride’s entrance
□ Entrance of wedding party
□ Close-up of Groom’s expression while waiting for bride to enter.
□ Close-up of Bride and FOB (or her escort) before they walk down the aisle.
□ FOB (or escort) giving bride to groom.
□ Bride and groom at the alter or the chuppah.
□ Both sets of parents watching the ceremony.
□ Wide shot of the altar or chuppah from the guests’ point of view.
□ Wide shot of the guests, from the couple’s point of view.
□ Special moments during the ceremony (candle lighting, unity/sand/wine
ceremony, vows, and rings).
□ Close-up of the bride and groom as they recite their vows and exchange rings.
□ The KISS!
□ Close-up as the bride and groom walk down the aisle.
□ Bride and Groom and all the guests BEFORE leaving the ceremony (at the back
of the aisle looking towards the front of the ceremony.)
□ Bride showing off her ring to family and friends.
□ Bride, Groom, and witnesses signing the marriage license.
□ Bride and groom leaving the ceremony site (especially if you have special
RECEPTION PHOTO IDEAS
□ Exterior and interior shots of the site before guests arrive.
□ Shots of centerpieces, table settings, favors, champagne glasses, escort cards,
place cards, lighting and menus.
□ Wedding cake
□ Horsd’oeuvres and specialty drinks
□ Bride and groom grand entrance.
□ Wedding party grand entrance.
□ Bride and groom first dance.
□ Welcome by the FOB (father of the bride) and MOB (mother of the bride).
□ Welcome by the FOG (father of the groom) and MOG (mother of the groom).
□ Toasts by Best Man and MOH (maid or matron or honor).
□ Reaction of Bride and Groom to the welcome speeches and wedding toasts.
□ Thank-you by Bride and Groom.
□ Food and Beverage photos
□ Bride and FOB dancing their Father/Daughter Dance.
□ Groom and MOB dancing their Mother/Son Dance.
□ Generational shots on bride’s side and on groom’s side.
□ Parents and grandparents dancing.
□ Band and/or DJ performing.
□ Guests signing guest book.
□ Guests getting ready to take photos in the photo booth.
□ Sunset photos of Bride and Groom.
□ Photos of Bride with her High School/College/Work friends.
□ Photos of Groom with his High School/College/Work friends.
□ Photos of Bride and Groom with Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Godparents.
□ Bride and Groom cutting and feeding each other wedding cake.
□ Bouquet toss
□ Garter removal
□ Garter toss
□ Garter put on person who caught the bouquet.
□ Exit for Bride and Groom (fireworks, sparklers, transportation, etc.)
Kim M. Horn, MWP
Master Wedding Planner | 1 of 75 in the World
2016 Couples’ Choice Wedding Planner | WeddingWire
June 7, 2020 & January 9-10, 2021
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