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Example Photo List for a Smooth Wedding

A photo list is a must at your wedding to make everything run smoothly. A photo list is a list of all photos you would like to be taken on your wedding day. All families and weddings are different, so lists vary between couples, but I wanted to give you an example of what a photo list looks like. The timing can also vary depending on whether or not the couple does a first look. I know it can be a lot to think about, but sitting down and writing a photo list will make for a smoother wedding. 

First, Let Everyone Know Beforehand

Although your photographer will have a good idea of what to capture, it’s helpful when you let them know if you have specific photos in mind. A professional wedding photographer will know exactly what to capture and how it should be captured, but this example list will help you determine if certain things are important or not. He/she should also take charge of the location of these photos based on the venue. It should generally be hands-off for you!

I also recommend you let people who will be in photos after the ceremony know beforehand, so they don’t wander off after the ceremony. We don’t want to be chasing down Grandpa or 50 cousins to get photos with. That results in a ton of delays and stress on you and your guests. Let’s prevent that! 

Example Photo List

Here is an example of what a photo list looks like. Don’t be overwhelmed! You don’t need all of these photos – every couple and family is different. Pick and choose what photos you would like, and add to this list if needed!


  • Invitation, program, special signs, and gifts
  • Wedding rings
  • Wedding dresses/suits
  • Outfit accessories like shoes, cufflinks, or jewelry
  • Bouquet, corsages, boutonnieres


  • Bride(s) and bridesmaids getting their hair and makeup done
  • Wedding party having fun
  • Mother and bride/groom portraits
  • Father and bride/groom portraits
  • Family shots


  • Couple alone for the first look
  • Bride(s) and bridesmaids/flower girls
  • Groom(s) and groomsmen/ring bearer


  • Venue shots including ceremony site, flowers, interior, and exterior details
  • Groom and groomsmen waiting inside the venue
  • Guests
  • Bridal party entrance
  • Bride(s) walking down the aisle
  • Groom’s reaction
  • Father/mother giving the bride away
  • Exchanging of vows
  • Exchanging of the rings
  • The first kiss as a married couple and the moment after
  • Signing the marriage certificate
  • The recessional (couple walking back up the aisle)
  • Confetti throwing


  • Couple with bridesmaids/groomsmen
  • Couple with the entire wedding party
  • Bride(s) with bridesmaids/maid of honor
  • Groom(s) and groomsmen/best man
  • Couple with any children
  • Couple with each set of parents
  • Couple with both sets of parents
  • Couple with siblings
  • Couple with close family members


  • Details and room decor shots, including table settings, place cards, favors, centerpieces, etc.
  • Wedding cake detail shots
  • Grand entrance
  • Toasts and speeches
  • Cake cutting
  • The first dance
  • Bride(s) dancing with father
  • Groom(s) dancing with mother
  • Couple mingling with guests
  • Guests dancing
  • Musicians, singers, DJ
  • Grand exit

And there you have it! An example of a photo list you can give your photographer. I know it’s a lot. Don’t worry; your photographer is there to make your life easier and capture all these special moments. If you’d like to chat about booking me for your wedding day, you can do so here, and you can see examples of wedding photos I’ve taken here. I look forward to meeting you!

About Harry McLaughlin Photography

I take pride in creating a fun environment and connecting with vendors so that everything can run smoothly on your big day. I’ll be with you every step of the way. From engagement shoots to day-of photos, you can rest easy knowing I’ll give you the photos you’ve always dreamed of. Let’s create special moments together! Fill out this form to get started.

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