No pressure - but your wedding day photographs are one aspect you really need to get right on your big day. There's no second chances there.
First off, you need to decide on the style of wedding photography you want. Do you prefer a traditional set up with traditional poses or are you going for a more reportage kind of a style? It's really up to you - just remember that these photographs are going to be a longstanding reminder of the day you tied the knot and you want to be sure you're going to be happy with them.
Are you a traditionalist? Photography by Jose Villa
Before you book a photographer have a good look at their portfolio of work so that you can be sure you like their style. Ask to see testimonials from other weddings and engagement shoots.
See how you can work your venue into the background of your images
It's also a good idea to walk around your venue looking for photo opportunities - and also give you and the photographer the chance to get to know one another. You should also give your photographer a list of must-have shots so that nothing gets forgotten (and so you don't spend any more time than you need to away from your guests). Here's our list of 30 photographs we think you'll treasure forever - and if you've any to add please leave us a comment.
20 Must Have Wedding Shots
- Close up of bride's dress on hanger and/or bride's shoes
- Bride's mother and attendants helping bride with finishing touches (veil, shoes)
- Bride with mother and attendants
- Groom with his best men
- Groom at altar/ceremony doorway waiting for bride
- Bride in car with father (or whoever is giving her away)
- Bride and bridesmaids walking down the aisle
- Groom's face when first sees bride
- A shot of the marriage ceremony
- Couple walking down aisle as newly weds
- Bride and groom walking out of ceremony being greeted by guests with confetti/rice
- Bride and groom's first kiss together
- Bride and groom's hands with rings
- Exterior of reception venue with guests arriving
- Bride and groom arriving in car at reception
- Bride and bridesmaid's bouquets
- Bride and groom with their attendants
- Bride and groom with their parents/grandparents
- Interior of reception venue with tables ready
- Seating plan
- Table place settings
- Receiving line (if you're having one)
- Guests' faces during bridegroom's speech
- Top table during speeches
- Bride and groom enjoying a quiet moment together as newlyweds
- Young bridesmaids and pageboys during reception
- Cake cutting
- Bride and groom's first dance together
- Guests dancing and enjoying themselves
- Bride and groom leaving in car for honeymoon
Anything you think we've missed?