15 Photo Moments to Put On Your Reception Shot List

If you spent hours searching for the perfect centerpieces, you'll definitely want them preserved in your wedding album.
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Andrea Fowler
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Andrea Fowler
Wedding Planning Expert
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  • Andrea worked as an Assistant Editor for The Knot from 2015 to 2017.

With all the late night crafting projects and seemingly endless phone tag conversations with your vendors, one would think that you'd remember every single detail of your wedding, forever. What we often hear from couples though, is that they start to forget moments from their wedding day way quicker than they thought they would. (What was our signature cocktail? Which flowers were in those gorgeous centerpieces?)

Take the time to create a shot list for your photographer and include all the reception moments you'd like photographed. From the escort card display you made from scratch to the wedding cake that miraculously came in under budget, you'll be happy to have these details preserved.

1. The Escort Cards

Wedding reception photo list, the escort card display
Flora + Fauna

From: A Nautical Waterfront Wedding at Osprey Point Inn in Rock Hall, Maryland

2. Unique Floral Designs

Floral arrangements should be on your wedding photography shot list

From: A Gardens of Bammel Lane Wedding in Houston, Texas

3. The Tablescape

Make sure to include the reception tablescape in the wedding photography shot list
Jarrad Lister Photography

From: A Romantic Garden-Inspired Wedding at a Private Residence in Caesar's Head, South Carolina

4. The Place Settings

Place setting tablescape photo for the reception photo shot list
Loreto Caceres Photography

From: A Glam Park Wedding at Boathouse in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York

5. Table Numbers and Centerpieces

Make sure to list the table numbers and centerpieces on the reception photography shot list
Rebecca Arthurs Photography

From: A Whimsical, Romantic Wedding at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island

6. Unique Decor Details

Cool photobooth decor for the wedding reception shot list
Naomi Wong Photography

From: A Retro, Hawaii-Themed Wedding at National Tropical Botanical Garden in Poipu, Hawaii

7. The Newlywed's Entrance

Wedding reception newlywed entrance for a wedding photography shot list
Carolina Rivera Photography

From: An Urban, Modern Wedding at the Art Factory in Paterson, New Jersey

8. The First Dance

Sweet first dance photo for the wedding photography shot list
onelove photography

From: A Romantic, Vintage Wedding at Carondelet House in Los Angeles, California

9. A Candid During Toasts

A sweet candid shot of the newlyweds for the reception photography shot list
Readyluck

From: An Elegant Waterfront Wedding at Cedar Lakes Estate in Port Jervis, New York

10. A Kiss During Dinner

A cute kissing moment for the wedding reception photography shot list
onelove photography

From: A Laid-Back Vintage Ranch Wedding at Triple S Ranch in Calistoga, California

11. A Cute Couple Pose

Cute couples pose idea for wedding photos
Readyluck

From: A Hip, Vintage Americana Wedding at TBD Brooklyn in Brooklyn, New York

12. The Favor Table

Wedding favor table shot for the wedding reception shot list
Rachel Jane Photography

From: A Romantic Garden Wedding With Vintage Details at Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano, California

13. On the Dance Floor With Gusts

A fun wedding party moment for the reception photography shot list
Vue Photography

From: An Over-the-Top Wedding at the Foundry at Puritan Mill in Atlanta, Georgia

14. The Wedding Cake

The best ideas for a wedding reception photography shot list
Erin Wilson Photography

From: A Romantic Barn Wedding at Carter Farm in Benton, Arkansas

15. The Grand Exit

A cute moment for the wedding reception photography shot list
Rachel Jane Photography

From: A Romantic Garden Wedding With Vintage Details at Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano, California

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