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30 Photos You Really Need To Have Taken On Your Wedding Day

Image via Krista Mason Photography

No pressure - but your wedding day photographs are one aspect you really need to get right on your big day. There's no second chances there.

First off, you need to decide on the style of wedding photography you want. Do you prefer a traditional set up with traditional poses or are you going for a more reportage kind of a style? It's really up to you - just remember that these photographs are going to be a longstanding reminder of the day you tied the knot and you want to be sure you're going to be happy with them.


Are you a traditionalist? Photography by Jose Villa

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Before you book a photographer have a good look at their portfolio of work so that you can be sure you like their style. Ask to see testimonials from other weddings and engagement shoots.

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See how you can work your venue into the background of your images

It's also a good idea to walk around your venue looking for photo opportunities - and also give you and the photographer the chance to get to know one another. You should also give your photographer a list of must-have shots so that nothing gets forgotten (and so you don't spend any more time than you need to away from your guests). Here's our list of 30 photographs we think you'll treasure forever - and if you've any to add please leave us a comment.

20 Must Have Wedding Shots

  1. Close up of bride's dress on hanger and/or bride's shoes
  2. Bride's mother and attendants helping bride with finishing touches (veil, shoes)
  3. Bride with mother and attendants
  4. Groom with his best men
  5. Groom at altar/ceremony doorway waiting for bride
  6. Bride in car with father (or whoever is giving her away)
  7. Bride and bridesmaids walking down the aisle
  8. Groom's face when first sees bride
  9. A shot of the marriage ceremony
  10. Couple walking down aisle as newly weds
  11. Bride and groom walking out of ceremony being greeted by guests with confetti/rice
  12. Bride and groom's first kiss together
  13. Bride and groom's hands with rings
  14. Exterior of reception venue with guests arriving
  15. Bride and groom arriving in car at reception
  16. Bride and bridesmaid's bouquets
  17. Bride and groom with their attendants
  18. Bride and groom with their parents/grandparents
  19. Interior of reception venue with tables ready
  20. Seating plan
  21. Table place settings
  22. Receiving line (if you're having one)
  23. Guests' faces during bridegroom's speech
  24. Top table during speeches
  25. Bride and groom enjoying a quiet moment together as newlyweds
  26. Young bridesmaids and pageboys during reception
  27. Cake cutting
  28. Bride and groom's first dance together
  29. Guests dancing and enjoying themselves
  30. Bride and groom leaving in car for honeymoon

Anything you think we've missed?