11 Wedding Photos and Videos That Are Essential to Capture

When commemorating your special day, it’s important to have a picture (and video clip!) captured of each essential moment of your wedding. Preparing an extensive shot list prior to your wedding will guarantee that your photography and videography teams will try to capture the footage you want, but by specifically highlighting the most important shots for you and your fiancé, they will focus on those images before moving on to the extra footage. Below are the top 11 shots you should ask your photographer and videographer to capture throughout your special day for an in-depth photo album and wedding video.

1) Ring shot

This is the time to let the diamond truly shine. Coordinate with your wedding planner to decide the best way to help show the ring off. Whether it’s having the rings sit on an embroidered pillow or resting on your manicured finger, the ring shot is one of the most important images to have captured.

2) Details

From your ivory-colored heels to the floral arrangements on the table settings, the details of your wedding day are crucial to help you remember it in its entirety. When giving your shot list to your photographer and videographer, make a point to include the details you would like them to capture. While they will already try to capture the intricate aspects of the wedding outfits and decorations, giving them this specific shot list will guarantee beautiful images of the details you want to show off the most.

3) Groom, Bride, and Wedding Party prep

Have you purchased matching robes for you and your wedding party? This is the time to show them off! Take advantage of these adorable outfits by getting pictures of you and your wedding party getting ready, or even just hanging out before the ceremony. These special moments of spending time with your best friends before you say “I do” make for memorable and heartfelt pictures. For a more creative take on these pictures, ask your videographer to capture footage highlighting your special relationships with each of your bridal party members. Make it fun, make it sentimental, but most importantly, make it all yours!

4) Make-up prep

The moment your makeup artist puts on the finishing touches of your wedding day makeup is full of a mixture of nervous energy and complete happiness. This moment always makes for sweet and intimate photographs, and your excitement will surely come across on camera. Your videographers and photographers will likely already be interested in capturing this moment, but by putting it on your shot list, you’ll emphasize the importance of getting this moment on camera.

5) Dress

Show off your gorgeous gown by letting it glamorously hang from the window overlooking your ceremony. Or, show it off next to your bridesmaid’s color-coordinated gowns. However you choose to have your dress captured in all its beauty, let your photographer and videographer know ahead of time so that they can photograph it with plenty of time for you to get ready. If there are certain details of your dress you particularly love, like lace sleeves or a beaded train, highlight these intricate details to your two teams.

6) The first look

This special moment will undoubtedly be remembered for years to come. Whether it’s your fiancé’s tears of joy or his dropped jaw, there is little that compares to this emotionally-fueled interaction. Make a point to emphasize the importance of this photo to your photography team, as this moment can flash by in a second. Hiring an experienced and talented photographer will help ensure this quick moment is forever remembered through photographs.

7) The arch

Now is the time to show off your rustic archway with the grandiose floral embellishments. Ask your photographer and videographer to get a picture/video of the arch prior to the ceremony, while also capturing the moment you and your partner say your “I do’s.” The wedding arch symbolizes the future home you and your fiancé will start your family in, and your mother and grandmother will thank you for asking the photographer to capture these images.

8) The kiss

After exchanging vows, kissing for the first time as spouses is the pinnacle moment of every wedding. Help out your photographer and videographer by kissing your partner for longer than just one kick peck. A quick kiss can escape even the fastest shutter speeds and most prepared photographers, so to avoid missing this important moment, kiss your partner like you mean it! We’re positive they won’t object, and your photography and videography teams will thank you for it.

9) Centerpieces

The table centerpieces are arguably the most important part of wedding decor. From their beautiful floral arrangements, intricate wedding favors, and customized place settings, the centerpieces are the perfect combination of thought-out design and personalization that your guests will love. Ask your photography and videography teams to capture the entire centerpieces together, but also focus on the small details listed above.

10) First dance

If all three are important to you, specify that you want sufficient coverage of you and your partner’s first-dance, the father-daughter dance, and if applicable, the mother-son dance. These moments last long enough for the photography and videography teams to get proper photos and video footage and ensure a final image that you’ll love.

11) The cake

Possibly everyone’s favorite part of the night, the cake is an essential look to have your photographer and videographer capture. Ask for a before shot, a cake-cutting shot, and a shot of you and your fiancé feeding each other. This will be an eventful ending to your perfect day, and it’s important to have it photographed in multiple mediums!

While there are many details of your wedding that will make for beautiful pictures and video clips, these 11 moments are sure to create a stunning wedding video or wedding album that will help you remember the most important moments of the day you say “I do.” For help choosing the best videographer for your special day, read our previous blog post, “5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Wedding Videographer.” And for more information about our experienced team of wedding videographers, give us a call today!

The Ideal Wedding Planning Timeline

The average engagement lasts 16 months, allowing time for the bride and groom to plan the perfect date, venue, vendors, decor, guest list, and wedding day outfits for the entire wedding party. If you’re becoming overwhelmed at the thought of planning all of your wedding details at once, don’t worry! We have compiled a wedding-planning timeline that will keep you organized and help you stay on top of planning the important details of your special day.

12-16 months prior:

 

  • Decide your budget

 

Take your family’s contributions and your own into account when deciding on the big number.

 

  • Choose your wedding party

 

The minute you say “Yes”, your best friends from high school and college roommates will wonder if they made the cut. Save everyone the worry and choose your bridal party far ahead of time.

 

  • Begin planning the guest list

 

Make a spreadsheet to stay even more prepared. Include columns for guests’ contact information, RSVPS, gifts, dietary restrictions, and any other important information that will help your planning run more smoothly down the line.

 

  • Reserve venues

 

More popular venues often book over a year in advance. Have your eye on a particular spot for your wedding? Once your wedding date has been decided, call the venue and avoid being disappointed with a fully booked schedule.

 

  • Research vendors

 

Similarly to venues, the best vendors can easily become overbooked. Start looking for ideal wedding videographers, photographers, florists, and caterers, and factor their prices into your overall wedding budget!

8-10 months prior

 

  • Time for the best part – wedding dress shopping!

 

8 months seem like a long time to be buying a dress? It’s important to factor in any alterations and adjustments that will need to be made. Many brides need at least 3 fittings to make sure their dress fits like a glove for their special day. Do your tailor a favor and leave time for any necessary adjustments!

 

  • Hire, hire, hire

 

You’ve done your research. It’s time to seal the deal with your photographer, videographer, caterer, and wedding entertainment. Specific wedding-day information is not necessary to give them yet, but you’ll want to make sure you have them reserved for your important day.

 

  • Register

 

It is recommended to sign up at least 3 different retailers to allow guests options for their wedding gifts. You should also begin creating your wedding website. Include the wedding date, travel information, and accommodations on your site for guests to reference.

5-7 months prior

 

  • Honeymoon time

 

Start talking honeymoon logistics with your fiance. Make sure your shots are up-to-date and your passports, if applicable, won’t expire before or soon after your travel dates.

 

  • Invitations

 

Purchase your invitations and begin addressing them. Or, save yourself time by hiring a calligrapher to create elegant, professional wedding invitations.

 

  • Order bridesmaids dresses

 

While bridemaids dresses won’t need as much attention as your wedding dress, it is important to leave time for any adjustments that may need to be made. Don’t forget to begin your dress fittings during this time, as well.

4-5 months prior

 

  • Order the cake

 

After taste-tasting several options, place the order for your wedding cake(s).

 

  • Hair and makeup

 

Attend appointments with several makeup artists and hairstylists to find the perfect look for your special day. Don’t forget to take a picture after each session to compare your results!

 

  • Finalize food and flowers

 

Seal the deal on the food and flowers you want at the event. These items are often affected by season, so wait until the season of your wedding to make your picks.

 

  • Print menu cards and programs

 

After the food and ceremony order has been finalized, print these documents. This will save you time and stress when the wedding date comes closer, and allows for any edits and changes to be made.

Two months prior

 

  • Choose the playlist

 

What music do you want playing during the reception dinner? The dancing? Whatever it is, make sure to keep a running playlist for your DJ to reference!

 

  • Send out invitations

 

Send them out 6-8 weeks before the wedding, and specify a 3-week RSVP cutoff after the postmark date.

 

  • Meet with the photographer and videographer

 

Specify shots that you want of the event and the shots that are most important to you. Walk through the location with them for an added explanation.

One month prior

 

  • Get the marriage license

 

This process can sometimes take up to a week, so leave time for any potential mistakes or corrections to be made. If you are changing your name, don’t forget to order several copies!

 

  • Visit the dressmaker for the (hopefully) last fitting

 

If you are still unsure, you can try to schedule an appointment for the week of your wedding to make sure it fits perfectly.

 

  • Assign seating

 

Draw out a map of the table arrangements and write your guests’ names on sticky notes so they can be easily moved around, if needed.

The week of

 

  • Delegate tasks for the day of the wedding

 

Decide who will carry your dress, who will be the point person for each vendor, and who will be in charge of gifts.

 

  • Check in with vendors and write checks

 

Give each vendor the important details for their role, and include tips with their paychecks.

 

  • Pack for your honeymoon

 

Soon, all the stress will be over!

And finally, get married! It’s a long process, but we know with lots of preparation, help from friends and family, and (of course) wine, you can accomplish it. Most importantly, have fun with planning your big day. And for hiring an experienced wedding videographer, contact Life Event Films® to capture all the magical moments of your special day and let us help you Celebrate the Journey®!