51 Must-Have Wedding Photos You Don't Want to Miss

Putting together your shot list short list? Here are some pretty wedding picture ideas you might want to include.
  1. Ruffled tulle wedding dress on silk hanger
    Photo by Caroline Tran

    Your Dress

    Granted, you'll have about 100 wedding pictures of you in your dress, but a still life lets you preserve it in your memory just like the first time you saw it -- a beautiful piece of wearable art.

  2. Groom and groomsmen getting ready

    Getting Ready

    You'll want to see both sides getting ready, so ask your photographer to shoot the guys doing their ties up while the gals do the same with their zippers.

  3. Low chignon bridal hairstyle

    Bridal Details

    This portrait is a great way to capture small touches, like hair and jewelry.

  4. Wedding bands still life

    Your Rings

    You'll actually want two shots. One alone, against your dress, for a high-fashion look, and one of your two rings together, to symbolize your new union.

  5. Groom's shoes and bride's blue sparkly heels

    The Shoe Shot

    A cropped pic of your shoes (and fun socks!) gets an update by being casually posed.

  6. Peach and gray wedding invitation suite

    Your Invitation Suite

    This is probably the most often forgotten photo -- it's not part of the day, like your flowers or cake, and some couples forget to bring it (or ask someone to bring it).

  7. Rustic welcome baskets

    Welcome Bags

    You put effort into these gifts for your guests -- make sure your photographer documents them before people dig in.

  8. Groom's wedding day accessories

    The Groom's Accessories

    This may seem a little "artsy" but it's really nice to have. After all, the groom's extras are carefully chosen too, so why should the dress and bridal accessories get all the love?

  9. White bridal bouquet on armchair

    The Bridal Bouquet

    It's detail shots like these that will really help tell the story of your wedding.

  10. Garden rose and anemone bridesmaid bouquets

    The Bridesmaid Bouquets

    A group shot of your bridesmaid bouquets will remind you how much fun it was having these close friends and family by your side.

  11. Rose and lily groom's boutonniere
    Photo by Nyk + Cali

    Groom's Boutonniere

    The guy's answer to the bride's bouquet deserves its own picture.

  12. Groomsmen's boutonnieres

    Groomsmen Boutonnieres

    If you took the time (and spent the money) to get the guys amazing accents for their suits, why wouldn't you want to capture them for your album?

  13. Bridal portrait

    Bridal Portrait

    A posed shot worthy of a fashion magazine will make you feel like a model.

  14. First look moment for bride and groom

    The First Look

    A playful take on the first look -- with the bride covering her groom's eyes -- is a new classic.

  15. Bride and bridesmaids getting ready

    The Other First Look

    You've heard about the first look photo, well this is the first moment the bridal party (and mom and dad) sees you.

  16. Bride reading groom's note before ceremony

    Preceremony Notes

    This is one of the few personal moments of alone time you have before you say your vows, and while you're reading you'll be in your own world.

  17. Father of the bride and bride's wedding day transportation

    Preceremony Emotions

    Whether it's your separate car rides to the ceremony or last words of advice from parents, these final moments are emotional, and worth capturing.

  18. Casual wedding party group photo
    Photo by Anni Cee

    The Relaxed Bridal Party

    The modern bridal party shot is laid-back and captures the personalities of your friends and family without being too kitschy.

  19. Brady Bunch-style wedding party portraits

    Bridal Party Solos

    Capturing each of your bridesmaids' individual personalities makes for a great gift -- just ask your photographer to create a collage (Brady Bunch–style) of everyone's portraits.

  20. Casual family wedding photo

    The Modern Family Shot

    A super-casual pic of you and your family captures how you really are -- not perfect but perfectly happy.

  21. Black and white photo of bride wearing veil

    Bride in Action

    A black-and-white shot of movement -- you swishing your dress or, if the weather cooperates, your veil blowing in the wind -- feels uber-romantic and timeless.

  22. Bride and groom in the woods
    Photo by Matt Lien

    A Dramatic Pose

    This is your wedding (and album), so if you want your photographer to do a few more artsy or dramatic shots, tell them!

  23. Bridesmaids at ceremony

    Bridesmaids at the Ceremony

    An artistic angle of your bridesmaids at the ceremony gives you a perspective you weren't able to see while at the altar.

  24. Flower girls with white tulle dresses and flower crowns
    Photo by KT Merry

    The Wedding Party Kids

    When these kids are all grown up, how cool will it be to look back at your album and show them you really did know them -- and love them -- when they were itty-bitty?

  25. Mother and father walking bride down the aisle

    The Aisle Walk

    Whoever accompanies you, this is a dramatic shot you'll treasure long after the recessional.

  26. Groom at end of altar

    Groom at the End of the Altar

    The look on a groom's face as he awaits his soon-to-be-spouse is always extremely emotional and beautiful.

  27. Dog ring bearer

    Your Furry Friend

    Don't forget to have your photographer get shots of the personalized details and touches that make your wedding yours alone.

  28. Wide shot of ceremony

    Sweeping Ceremony Shot

    Look at your vows from a different view altogether.

  29. Bride and groom releasing doves
    Photo by Summer & Boyd

    Special Traditions

    Alert your photographer to any unique aspects of your ceremony, so she can be sure to caption them.

  30. Rose flower arrangements and garlands at outdoor wedding ceremony
    Photo by KT Merry

    Ceremony Decor

    Don't miss shots of small touches you made to make your big moment as pretty as it is special.

  31. Hanging lanterns at outdoor ceremony

    Your Guests

    Candid shots of your guests' reactions during your ceremony give you a perspective you don't have while you're saying "I do."

  32. Guests throw petals as bride and groom exit

    We Did It!

    The recessional shot is usually one of the happiest in an album.

  33. Framed marriage license

    Make it Legal

    You'll have a lot of photos of wedding moments, but there's only one moment where you legally go from single to married.

  34. Outdoor wedding ceremony venue setup

    Environmental Pictures

    Pulled-out shots of the entire space, including the sky or ceiling, really set the scene for what it was like on your wedding day.

  35. Bride and groom reception entrance

    In-Between Moments

    Whether it's you on your way to the ceremony, or you and your dad about to walk down the aisle, the small moments between the big ones sometimes make the best photos.

  36. Hanging potted flower arrangements at reception

    Reception Decor

    Getting a pulled-back shot of your reception before guests arrive will let you get a feel for "the scene" you've set so carefully.

  37. Envelope guest book

    The Guest Book

    A shot of your family and friends signing the guest book will make you feel like you're a guest at your own wedding -- in the best possible way.

  38. Peach and pink outdoor wedding reception

    Reception Tables

    From the centerpieces to the chairs and flatware, have your photographer capture all the decorative details.

  39. Fern escort card display

    Escort Cards

    If you spent time (or money) on unique escort cards, this is a must-have for your album.

  40. XOXO wedding ceremony sign

    Cute Signs

    Interesting signs telling guests where to go are functional and worthy of a photo op.

  41. Berry signature wedding cocktail

    Signature Cocktail

    Wedding guests -- and photographers! -- love a cocktail that looks as good as it tastes.

  42. Salmon wedding catering ideas

    The Food

    A good caterer will make a menu that's not only delicious but also beautiful -- and a good photographer will be sure to snap it.

  43. Sugar flower wedding cake
    Photo by KT Merry

    Your Wedding Cake

    Your cake is an iconic part of your wedding -- remember it well after it's eaten by preserving it in your album.

  44. Jazz wedding band

    Your Musicians

    Whether it's the ceremony musicians or wedding band, you'll want to capture an image of the folks who had your guests on their feet all night.

  45. First dance at destination wedding reception

    Your First Dance

    You might not remember much of your first dance, so this photo is priceless.

  46. Father daughter dance

    Father-Daughter Dance

    This and the mother-son dance are classic, emotional moments that make for touching photographs.

  47. Overhead view of indoor wedding reception

    Aerial Shot

    A shot of the festivities from above gives a unique perspective.

  48. Bride and groom's reactions to wedding reception toasts

    Listening to Speeches

    An image of you two listening to your families and friends' toasts is sometimes even more meaningful than a photo of the speaker.

  49. Olive oil and spice mix wedding favors
    Photo by Clary Photo

    The Favors

    Whether you DIY or buy them, favors are a fun finish to your evening (and album).

  50. Bride and groom during sparkler send-off

    The Exit

    A classic "just married" shot is a perfect ending to your album.

  51. "Just Married" sign on wedding transportation

    The Getaway

    Whether you have a sparkler send-off or something more low-key, a good-bye shot is yet another way to close your album.