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Formal Photo Checklist for Your Wedding

Although the formal photo session is often the least interesting part of your wedding day, it is important to capture images of your close family members and the special people in your lives. After all, there’s no guarantee that candid photos of Grandma on the dance floor will turn out!

Most photographers are happy to work with a list of important family / formal photos, but it’s always best to check with your photographer first and discuss how s/he prefers to handle this part of the day. The photo list can be a great guide for your photographer, but it can also hamper their creativity.

Use the following checklist as a guideline only and edit it to your own specific needs:


Bride’s Side

  • Bride with Mother
  • Bride with Father
  • Bride with Mother + Father
  • Bride with Siblings (individually and/or as a group)
  • Bride with Mother, Father and Siblings
  • Bride with Mother, Father, Siblings, Their Spouses and Children
  • Bride with Grandparents

  • Groom’s Side

  • Groom with Mother
  • Groom with Father
  • Groom with Mother + Father
  • Groom with Siblings (individually and/or as a group)
  • Groom with Mother, Father and Siblings
  • Groom with Mother, Father, Siblings and Their Spouses and Children
  • Groom with Grandparents

  • Both Sides

  • Bride, Groom and Bride’s Parents
  • Bride, Groom and Groom’s Parents
  • Bride, Groom and Both Sets of Parents
  • Bride, Groom and Bride’s Grandparents
  • Bride, Groom and Groom’s Grandparents
  • Bride, Groom and Bride’s Siblings
  • Bride, Groom and Groom’s Siblings
  • Bride, Groom and All Siblings
  • Bride, Groom and Bride’s Entire Family
  • Bride, Groom and Groom’s Entire Family
  • Bride, Groom and Both Families Combined
  • Chelsea Clinton Wedding Photos, Celebrity Wedding Photos

    Clinton Family Wedding Photo

    Wedding Party (often handled before or after family photos)

  • Bride with Bridesmaids (individually and as a group)
  • Groom with Groomsmen (individually and as a group)
  • Bride with Groomsmen
  • Groom with Bridesmaids
  • Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
  • Bride, Groom and Flower Girl(s)
  • Bride, Groom and Ring Bearer(s)
  • Bride, Groom and all Children in Wedding Party
  • Entire Wedding Party (including Children)

  • Other

  • Extended relatives (special aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.)
  • Family generation photos (eg. Bride with Mother and Grandmother)
  • Special friends or groups of friends
  • Godparents
  • Mentors
  • ………………………………………

    Tips to keep in mind:

    • The longer your list, the longer the photo session will take. Ensure that your wedding planner or coordinator is aware of this list so s/he can build it into your wedding day itinerary.
    • Always inform your photographer and wedding coordinator if there are any sensitive situations in your respective families, such as divorced parents, step-parents, recently deceased family members, etc.