What is a “Standard” Wedding Shot List?

As with anything, one person’s interpretation of something can be very different from someone else’s.  This is certainly true for the shots a couple wants for their wedding.  So often when I ask the couple about what specific images they want for their wedding day, they will often say “Oh, just the usual”.  I have working list that I think are good for weddings, but the shots are not for me, they are for the couple.  For almost every wedding, the couple and I review and make a list for the formal alter shots and a few others.  That leaves out a major portion of shots!

I am now sending couples what my standard list is so that they can see if there is anything not on the list they might expect.  One example is the ring shot.  My interpretation of the ring shot is a close up still life of the rings off the couple’s hand and on a simple surface like a piano.  Some couples interpretation is a shot of both of their hands with rings.

Talk to your photographer about what YOU expect to be included in your day, make lists.

Below is my working list of shots for a wedding.  This is the MINIMUM of what I expect to shoot for a wedding.  Hopefully the couple and I have talked and we have added to and modified this list.


Download the document here: http://www.youbetidophotography.com/helpful-hints/YouBetIDoPhotography-Shot-List

PreCeremony Girls

  • Hair/makeup
  • Dress
  • Dress with BM dresses
  • Flowers
  • Zip, Button, Bow
  • Jewelry on
  • Shoes on ,Veil on
  • Bride with each person
  • Bride with Bridesmaids group
  • Individual portraits

Bride Portraits




PreCeremony Guys

  • Food, drink
  • Bestman holding rings
  • Suits and stuff around
  • Getting dressed
  • Details
  • Individual portraits
  • Groom Portraits



  • Musicians
  • Details
  • Parents and Grandparents seated
  • Procession
  • Groom’s first look
  • Handoff/kiss
  • 2 front rows
  • Holding hands
  • Bridal party, group & single
  • Wide views
  • Details with ceremony background
  • Vows/ring exchange
  • Kiss/post kiss
  • Signing
  • Bride & Groom exit
  • Bridal party exit



  • Bride & Groom with Officiant
  • Bride & Groom with Bride’s family
  • Bride & Groom with both sets of parents
  • Bride & Groom with Groom’s family
  • Bride & Groom with Bridesmaids
  • Bride & Groom with Groomsmen
  • Bride & Groom with adult bridal party
  • Bride & Groom with complete bridal party
  • Bride & Groom with little people
  • Bride & Groom
  • Bride


Bridal Party Casuals

  • Bridal party groups, at least two
  • Line of girls walking
  • Line of guys walking



Series of shots with the Bride and Groom in different situations, in different poses, shooting from far showing a lot of environment to close ups



  • Bridal party entrance
  • Cake cutting
  • Toasts
  • Prayer
  • Dances
  • Room details
  • Party shots
  • Family groups
  • Rings closeup