our wedding day is a day in your life that you'll want to remember forever—and you will. You'll remember the details, the feeling of your post "I do" kiss,

and even a couple of songs that you broke it down to on the dance floor. But the best way to make sure your wedding memories are captured and recorded for a lifetime is through the photos that you take on the big day.

You'll have the urge to tell your photographer to snap photos of everything at every second, and, while that sounds like a good idea, it's better to come to the table before your wedding with an organized list of must have photos. The kind of photos that represent the key moments of the wedding and the people who filled the day with endless love, support, and excitement as they stood by your side and danced with you on the dance floor.

Besides the group photos of you and your new spouse, the bridal party, and the guests, there's a long list of other detail shots you'll want captured. There are so many small and intricate elements that you'll want your photographer to prioritize shooting, like your invitations, welcome bags, and other décor. You'll not only want these to preserve the memory of those special details, but, as the bride, you'll find yourself floating with nerves and excitement—you might very well miss the stunning centerpieces and pulled-together place settings that you spent so many hours grueling over on Pinterest. It's those special components that you'll be able to look back on and appreciate having in your wedding album.

So if you're wondering what must have photos to put on your shot list, we have you covered. We've flipped through countless real wedding albums and broke down the key moments of the wedding to bring you a list of 50 photos you should absolutely have your photographer capture. This way, for years to come after your wedding, you can sit back with your partner, relax, and relive the magic of the best day of your lives.

Let's take a look at those 50 photos, and don't forget to pin your favorites to your wedding inspiration board.


A Good Morning Shot

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It's your wedding day and it's time to have some fun. Make the first photo of the day a special one—whether it's jumping on an unmade hotel room bed in your robe, or toasting a cup of coffee with your maid of honor—something that sets the tone that today is different, memorable, and extra exciting.


Getting Ready

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Have your photographer switch back and forth between the groomsmen and the bridesmaids so they can capture the getting ready process of both the men and the women. Be sure to coordinate this so that your photographer doesn't arrive to a room of groomsmen in their boxers, still asleep, or a scene of bridesmaids without any makeup on.


Your Stationery Suite

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Be sure to bring along your entire stationery suite (invitations, save the dates, programs, and more). Your photographer can clump these together and take a nice collage shot.


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Be sure to bring along your entire stationery suite (invitations, save the dates, programs, and more). Your photographer can clump these together and take a nice collage shot.


The Ceremony Setup

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Before anyone arrives for the ceremony is the perfect time to have photos taken of how the space looks—whether you're getting married in an open field, a church, or even on the beach


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After a wide shot of the ceremony is captured, now is the time to get some close up shots of the details—the programs, the flowers, the candles


Guest Welcome Bags

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If you did something fun for the guests and put together a welcome bag or a wedding survival kit for them at check-in, have your photographer grab a bag and take a few shots of the goodies inside, as well as the bag as a whole.


The Wedding Shoes

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It may feel a bit like Cinderella to have your wedding shoes sitting all pretty under the spotlight, but since your heels may be covered by your gown, snap some photos of them alone, or beside your dress, so you can always remember the details of what carried you down the aisle.


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A photo of the boutonniere is a necessity, so you can remember what it looked like before the party started and the groom's jacket came off—and the little boutonniere was nowhere to be found.


The Bouquets

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words and if you get a couple of close up shots of the bride's and bridesmaids' bouquets, you'll probably even be able to trigger the smell of the fresh flowers that you picked out for them.

To be continued...

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