Wedding Pictures and Wedding Photo Ideas Not to Miss

Putting together your wedding photo short list? Here are some pretty picture ideas you might want to include to make sure you capture every special moment.
by Amanda Casertano

Everything you've heard is true: Your wedding day comes and goes so quickly. That's why preparation is key. Once you nail down your photographer (do this 9-11 months in advance!),  it's time to start thinking about your shot list. While your photographer will guide you on the moments they plan on capturing, it's important to know exactly what you want too. After all, you'll want to keep these memories intact with the perfect photo album. Get ready for your close up by taking a look at these pretty wedding picture ideas you might want to include.

1. Invitation Suite

Rings must have photo to take at your wedding

Be sure to capture wedding pictures of all the individual cards and paraphernalia of your wedding invitations.

2. Ring Shot

Rings must have photo to take at your wedding

Show off the sparkle and glamour of your wedding and engagement rings.  Some couples like to see their rings in wedding photos with their flower arrangements or other special trinkets associated with their ceremony.

3. Details

Shoes must have photo to take at your wedding

Share the up close and personal details of your wedding dress, shoes or jewelry. Although they may seem like small touches, these lovely elements piece together to complete your wedding look, so you'll definitely want to capture them in your wedding pictures. 

4. Bouquet or boutonniere

The bouquet or boutonniere must have photo to take at your wedding

The beauty of a wedding bouquet is fleeting –– don't miss this opportunity to look at it forever

5. Glam Squad

Getting makeup done must have photo to take at your wedding

You'll want to remember everything about getting ready for your day

6. Admiring the Dress

Dress shot must have photo to take at your wedding

There's nothing quite as adorable as a flower girl looking up in awe at a wedding gown. When your photographer captures this magical moment, you'll be glad you ran with this special wedding picture idea. 

7. Hair Moment

Hair must have photo to take at your wedding

Your hair may never look as glamorous as it does on your wedding day.

8. All Dolled Up

Done getting ready must have photo to take at your wedding

Don't miss capturing some calm, individual wedding pictures before the excitement of the event. These wedding pictures of you and your future partner quietly reflecting will be treasured forever. 

9. Wedding Party 

Weddingparty must have photo to take at your wedding

You'll want to remember the support of your closest friends and family members on your special day. Trust us, this will be one wedding picture idea you'll want to frame.

10. Moments Before the First Look

First look must have photo to take at your wedding

Ah –– the anticipation of seeing each other on your wedding day! Some couples choose not to see each other's faces and simply touch hands or stand back to back, while others prefer to get a full-on look prior to walking down the aisle. 

11. First Look

First look must have photo to take at your wedding

Perhaps nothing beats that moment when you first lay eyes on each other. If you plan to go with this wedding picture idea, be sure to have some tissues on hand. 

12. Secluded Moments

Private moment must have photo to take at your wedding

Find a few moments away from your guests for some joyful wedding photos of your love. Escape the celebration and excitement for some special alone time with a set of post-ceremony wedding photos of just the two of you.

13. Ceremony Views

Ceremony view must have photo to take at your wedding

You'll want to remember the exact spot where you said, "I do."

14. Exchanging Vows

Vows must have photo to take at your wedding

This is the most important moment of the day––when you commit to a lifetime together. You'll want all photographers on deck to capture every angle of this part of your ceremony. 

15. The Kiss

The Kiss must have photo to take at your wedding

There's nothing quite like your first kiss as a married couple. If there's only one wedding photo you get right, make sure it's this one. This image will take your breath away every time you glance at it. 

16. Favors and Welcome Bags

Favors must have photo to take at your wedding

You probably put a lot of time (and possibly money) into memorable wedding favors. Be sure to remember them with a wedding picture.

17. Escort Cards

Place setting must have photo to take at your wedding

Those gorgeous cards involved a lot of care. Don't miss a shot to remember them.

18. Decorations

Decoration signs  must have photo to take at your wedding

Be sure to snap some wedding photos of your gorgeous ceremony and reception decor. You put a lot of time and effort into dreaming up the ideal venue and decor, so be sure to capture plenty of wedding photos of it. 

19. Seating Arrangements

Seating arrangement must have photo to take at your wedding

You can even take a wedding photo of your unique table markers.

20. Centerpieces

Centerpiece must have photo to take at your wedding

You won't want to miss photos of your incredible centerpieces. Just look, they are an absolute work of art.

21. Table Setting

Table settings must have photo to take at your wedding

Be sure to shoot away at your reception venue before the guests arrive.

22. First Dance

First Dance Kiss must have photo to take at your wedding

Whether you go with a traditional slow dance or something more modern, your first dance is precious. This is your first dance as a married couple. Load up on wedding pictures of this special moment. 

23. The Cake

The cake must have photo to take at your wedding

This dessert you spent months picking out will disappear quickly. Take a photo before everyone digs in. And while you're at it, take some wedding pictures of you and your partner cutting the first slice. 

24. Dancing Queen

Dancing  must have photo to take at your wedding

You'll definitely want to remember the joy of dancing the night away. Grab your best friends to rock out to your favorite song or take grandma for a spin on the dance floor. These wedding photos will always make you smile for years to come. 

25. The Food

Food must have photo to take at your wedding

Remember all those taste testing sessions? From appetizers over entrees to desserts, don't forget to capture the deliciousness of your wedding day.

26. 4-Legged Party Members

Pets must have photo to take at your wedding

Do you have a best dog or furry ring bearer? Remember to pose for a wedding photo with them.

You've spent months obsessing over every detail to ensure your wedding ceremony and reception is just right. You'll want plenty of wedding photos to help you remember all the magic. When you ask your photographer to capture some of these wedding picture ideas, you'll relive the excitement of your special day every time you open your photo album. 


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