Planning a wedding as a photographer has been rough. On one hand, it’s been a great thing because I haven’t overlooked a single detail. But on the other hand, I haven’t overlooked a single detail so I’m exhausted! Having a list of all the photos I really want has helped me figure out the details for every photo. For example, I want a great shot of my wedding dress on the hanger. So, I made sure to get a customized wooden hanger from Etsy to complete the shot.
Here is my list of Must Have Photos for my photographer.
a. Shoes (will have the little stickers on the bottom that say “I do” and “Me too”)
f. Table set up
g. Cake with topper and our little Mr. and Mrs. plates
h. Inside of dress (will have a handkerchief from my parents’ wedding on the same date sewn into it)
i. Dress, Garrott’s suit and Truett’s suit
j. Hangers for bride, groom, and son
k. Vow books
2. Getting ready
3. Garrott solo
4. Mom putting on my dress and hugging (I’m already crying) – I’ll be reading a letter to her at some point, seems to fit in well here
5. First look with best friends
6. First look with brother and stepdad – will be reading a letter to them as well
7. Holding hands with Garrott with a door between us and looking away from each other
8. Truett holding our rings
9. Will have my grandma as our “Flower Granny”
10. Sand ceremony with Truett
11. We’ll ask the officiant to step away right before our first kiss
12. We’ll kiss again mid to end aisle
13. Family and groups
a. My parents
b. His parents
c. Our parents all together
d. My grandparents
e. My aunts and uncles
g. Best friend
h. All cheering for us while we kiss … cause we are cheesy
i. The two of us
14. Cake cutting
15. Toasts (2-3)
16. Doubting many people will get turnt for amazing dancing shots, but maybe!
17. Staged send off
Get a hanger for your dress! If you want photos of the groom’s suit, get a hanger for that too. Any clothing you want to be photographed, get a hanger for it. Some photographers will bring their own, but it’s better to play it safe! Here’s a link to my favorite Etsy shops where I got mine:
Clean your rings that morning and don’t put your engagement ring on until your photographer is done with it. Put a cleaner pen in your clutch for a quick clean during your day. Here’s a link to my favorite cleaner and pen:
Bring a steamer! It doesn’t matter if you’re going down the street or to another city, bring a steamer. There will be a wrinkle in something.
Get a cute handkerchief to carry with you to the alter. You will cry and tissues don’t look amazing in your hand. Plus, you can keep it as a keepsake.
Get a gatefold wedding invitation to stand out and add more info without it looking crowded
A ring box is a must! It makes for great detail photos, is practical for your ringbearer to carry, and you will use it any time you take your ring off. You can get one for both groom and bride’s rings or get separate ones. If you get the one in the link below, get two slots for the bride’s rings for engagement ring and wedding ring!
Get a table setting that doesn’t break the bank! These plates from Amazon do not disappoint.
Schedule time for makeup touchups and snacks throughout your day
Bring bandaids for blisters from your shoes
Fasten some extra bobby pins inside your dress for quick access