This was found on the Martha Stewart Wedding Blog and I liked to share with my customers because I found it very usefull. Enjoy…
Hands down, the sure-fire way to get all the photos you want is to sugest your photographer a comprehensive checklist. Here’s one that includes the basics and then some.
Getting Ready: You finishing your hair and makeup, putting on your dress, and hanging out with your girlfriends.
Group Shots: You with your family, your groom with his, and each of you with your wedding parties. (Make sure you alert the photographer to any strained relationships like feuding stepparents who might need to be discreetly separated.)
First Look: If you choose to see each other before the wedding, you’ll want to capture your reactions on camera.
Trip to the Ceremony: You and your bridesmaids, and your groom and his groomsmen, on the way to the venue.
Inside the Venue: The ceremony space as guests are arriving.
Father and Bride: You with your dad just before walking down the aisle.
Processional: The wedding party, you and your dad, and your groom’s reaction.
Vows and Rings: Close-ups of the two of you facing each other.
Your Parents: Close-ups of your folks watching from their seats.
The Participants: Readers, the officiant, musicians, and anyone else with a personal connection to you.
The Kiss: You and your groom making it official, plus the moment right after.
The Recessional: The two of you walking up the aisle as newlyweds.
Bride and Groom: The two of you in private, if you didn’t see each other before the ceremony.
Group Shots: The two of you together with your families and the wedding party.
Bride and Groom Leaving for the Reception: You and your husband getting into the car. (It’s better to do it now, versus after the reception when it’s often dark.)
Candid Shots of Guests: Your loved ones eating, drinking, and chatting. Let your photographer know who your VIPs are to ensure they’re included.
Reunion Shots: You with your high school crew or college roommates, your groom with his frat brothers, and so on.
The Reception Space: The details before the crowds descend. (If you don’t have a second shooter, you’ll have to decide what’s more important — people or details — so your pro can stay focused.)
First Dances: You with your husband, you with your dad, and your groom with his mom — with your guests in the wings.
Toasts: The speakers, you and your husband, and both sets of parents.
Cake Cutting: You and your husband slicing it and taking your first bites.
Bride and Groom Greeting Guests: The two of you mixing and mingling.
Guests Dancing: Close-ups and wide-angles of everyone getting down.
Bride and Groom Leaving: You and your husband saying goodbye.
Pre-ceremony-we arrive 1 hr before the ceremony to tke these images…
* Bride’s gown before she slips it on
* Bride having her hair styled and makeup applied
* Candid shots of the bride and her ‘maids getting ready
* Bridal party reacting to the bride in her gown
* Bride heading to the ceremony site
* Bride and her father just before walking down the aisle
* Groom with his father
* Candid shots of the groom and groomsmen getting ready
* Groom heading to the ceremony site
* Dramatic on-site landscapes (such as stormy skies, lush woods, fields of flowers)
Ceremony site-Most of this is taken while you are marrying…
* Exterior and interior of the ceremony site before guests arrive
* Guests arriving
* Bridal party arriving
* Musicians performing
* Family members being seated
* Processional and recessional
* Bride and her father (or escort) walking down the aisle
* Groom reacting to bride walking down the aisle
* Father giving the bride away
* Wide shot of the altar/chuppah
* Bride and groom reciting their vows
* Bride and groom exchanging rings
* The couple’s first kiss
* Bride and groom being introduced to their guests as a married couple
* Bride and groom exiting their ceremony site
* Receiving line
* Bride and groom in their getaway car
Reception site-The PARTY!!!
* Exterior and interior shots of the reception site before guests arrive
* Table settings
* Menu, escort, and table cards
* Guests signing the book
* Escort-card table
* Food stations and bar setup during cocktail hour
* Bridal-party table
* Bride and groom cutting the cake
* Wedding-party entrances
* Guests seated at their tables
* Bride and groom’s first dance
* Toasts and blessing (if applicable)
* Father-daughter dance
* Mother-son dance
* Band or DJ
* Guests dancing
* Bouquet and garter toss, anniversary dance
* Candid shots throughout the night
* Bride and groom send-off
Formal portraits-This time is a private session for the bride/groom family and wedding party , we will take from you only 30 to 45 minutes for it , this is time very well send, the reason why you selected us for your wedding photography event . We will have fun !!!
* Bride and groom, each alone
* Bride and groom posed together
* Bride and groom with wedding party
* Bride with her family
* Groom with his family
* Bride and groom with bride’s family
* Bride and groom with groom’s family
* Both families together
* Bride with her mother
* Groom with his father
* Flower girl and ring bearers with bride and groom
* Bridal bouquet
* Details on the bride’s gown
* Details on the groom’s attire such as cuff links
* Ceremony programs
* Hors d’oeuvres
* Specialty drinks
* Wedding cake