While you are putting together your list for must-have photos, consider using a combination of these traditional and fun wedding photo ideas.
50 Ideas For Wedding Photos
1. The Wedding Dress
Although there will certainly be 100’s of wedding pictures with you and your dress, a still shot focusing on just you and the dress in a quiet setting will create a lasting memory.
2. Wedding Preparations
Ask the photographer to take pictures of both sides as the bride and groom prepare for the big day.
3. Bridal Details
Allow the photographer to get up close and snap pictures of jewelry, hair, and accessories you are wearing this day.
4. The Wedding Rings
Two shots should be taken, one of just the ring up against the wedding dress, the other with the two rings together, symbolizing the union of the couple.
5. The Shoe Shot
Be sure to pose for a cropped picture of your wedding shoes, it might be the only time you ever see them again.
6. The Invitation
Here is a picture many couples forget about until the day has passed. Bring an invitation to the reception for the photographer to photograph.
7. The Wedding Gifts
Your family and friends spent time coming up with wedding gifts so take a few shots to memorialize their generosity.
8. The Groom
Although the groom will be in many pictures, be sure the photographer gets up close and personal and zeros in on some of the fun accessories he may be wearing this day.
9. The Bouquet
Getting a few close up pictures of the bouquet can often be looked at as works of art.
10. Bridesmaid Bouquet
Make sure to get a picture of all the ladies holding their flowers in one group shot.
11. Groom’s Boutonniere
His flowers deserve a picture of their own as well.
12. Groomsmen Boutonnieres
These flowers cost serious money and look amazing, be sure to have something to remember them by.
13. The Bridal Portrait
Act like a model that morning and be sure to get a few glamour shots in.
14. That First Look
Have the bride cover the groom’s eyes, this picture is fast becoming one of the more popular.
15. That Other First Look
Have a picture taken at first moment the bridal party sees you.
16. Pre-Ceremony Notes
Personal moment of alone time reading private a private letter or note from your future spouse before exchanging vows.
17. Pre-Ceremony Emotions
Last words of advice from mom or dad, these final moments are worth capturing.
18. Relaxed Bridal Party
Laid-back photograph that captures the personalities of your friends.
19. Bridal Party Solo Shots
Capturing each bridesmaid and groomsman’s personality makes for great pictures.
20. Traditional Family Shot
Casual picture your family and the wedding couple.
21. The Bride-In-Action
Black-and-white shot of moving and swishing your dress or your veil blowing in the wind, both romantic and timeless.
22. The Dramatic Pose
Do a few more dramatic shots!
23. Bridesmaids at Ceremony
Artistic angle of the bridesmaids at the wedding ceremony gives perspective you weren’t able to see.
24. Wedding Party Children
When these kids grow up, you can look back at your wedding album and show them they were so little (and adorably cute).
25. Walking Down the Aisle
This is a dramatic shot you’ll treasure forever.
26. Groom at the Altar
Picture of groom’s face as he awaits his bride is always emotional.
27. Your Pets
Don’t forget shots of the family members who could not make it, like the dog or cat.
28. Sweeping Ceremony
Looking at your wedding vows from a different angle.
29. Special Family Traditions
Tell the photographer about any unique aspects of your wedding ceremony.
30. Ceremony Decor
Pictures of small touches you made at the reception hall to make your big moment special.
31. Your Wedding Guests
Candid and posed shots of all your guests’ reactions gives you a perspective you don’t get to see that day.
32. We Made It!
The recessional picture is the happiest in the wedding album.
33. Making It Legal
There is only one moment where you go from single to being married.
34. Environmental Shots
Pictures of the sky, the ceiling, the landscaping, really set show what it as like on your wedding day.
35. Candid Moments
On your way to the ceremony, your dad walking down the aisle, these small moments between the larger ones sometimes make the best pictures.
36. The Reception Decor
Pulled-back shot of reception area in quiet the setting before guests arrive.
37. Your Guest Book
A picture of your family or friends signing the wedding guest book is something often overlooked. This shot will also give you a close up reminder who showed up that special day.
38. The Reception Table
From centerpieces, chairs, to flatware, have photographer capture all the decorative details that you painstakingly put into making your day special for everyone.
39. The Escort Cards
If you spent time having escort cards made, make sure to capture it in a picture. It is a must-have for your wedding album.
40. Those Cute Signs
Those interesting signs that tell guests where to go are fun and worthy of a photo opportunity.
41. All That Food
The best caterer will make menu items that are not only delicious, they can be extremely beautiful. Have the photographer take plenty of these pictures because the food won’t be there for long.
42. The Wedding Cake
Iconic part of your wedding and a must for the wedding album. Make sure there are pictures of the cake before it is cut, pictures of you two cutting the cake, and wherever that cake winds up afterwards.
43. The Musicians
Ceremony musicians or possibly a wedding band, you need to capture a picture of the folks who had those guests up on their feet all night long.
44. That First Dance
You will not remember much of that first dance with your partner, so this picture is absolutely priceless.
45. The Father & Daughter Dance
This picture and the mother-son dance are absolutely classics. These emotional moments lead to touching photographs.
46. The Aerial Shot
Picture of the reception from above provides a very unique perspective.
47. Listening To Those Speeches
A picture of the bride and groom listening to toasts is sometimes often more meaningful than a picture of the person giving the toast.
48. The Wedding Favors
Wedding favors are a fun finish to your wedding album.
49. The Wedding Couple Exit
The classic “just married” picture is a great way to close the wedding album.
50. That Getaway
The good-bye picture is one that you will remember fondly as you and your new partner drive off from the reception to start your life together.