wedding photography checklist

It is your wedding day and you are all dressed up for the special occasion. You have put in an incredible amount of effort to make this day come to life- selecting the perfect dress, beautiful decor, gorgeous venue, the jewelry that you spent days looking for, and so on. You would want everything to be captured!
Who would want to miss their father’s reaction looking at his daughter for the first time in a wedding dress or the mother’s reaction when the knot is being tied? 

These are some of the treasured moments and worth being in the album. There is a myriad of emotions that the families also go through. 

and wouldn’t it be great to capture all of them in a perfect album?  

The day is all about love, laughter, and making memories for a lifetime and photographs are the way to relive it. 

Sure, the photographers bring their A-game but couples these days are particular about their wedding poses. Thanks to Instagram and Pinterest, it is easy to show it to the photographer and get their moments captured. But on D-Day, it is a bit of a task to show these to your photographer. 

What’s going to make it easier and stress-free for couples is to have a checklist that you can give your photographer. This way you both are on the same page.

Here’s an ultimate photography checklist:

Pre-wedding Ritual Photography Checklist

It isn’t really a Shaadi if the many traditions and rituals aren’t leading up to the main event. A typical Indian wedding lasts up to 5 days and this depends based on culture. Nevertheless, here are some common pre-wedding ritual photography checklists:

Engagement

It is the first official announcement of marriage by the couple and their families. Mostly this is an intimate ceremony and only near and dear ones are on the guest list. The couple exchange rings as a promise to walk the journey of life together.

 

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Mehendi

Mehendi is a part of Shola Shringar or the 16 bridal adornments. It enhances the bridal look and the day itself a celebration altogether. Most brides get their partner’s name or initials as a part of the mehendi design and the groom has to find it later during the wedding ceremony. 

The bride gets her feet and hand-designed with Mehendi and they say the darker the shade the more her future husband loves her. It is a fun celebration for the families.

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Haldi

This is a ceremonial bath given to the bride and groom. Every person present in the ceremony gives their blessings and best wishes by applying haldi to the couple. 

Haldi is believed to give glow to skin which is very much required to the couple just before the big day. Another major reason for celebrating Haldi is because the color yellow is auspicious and ushers in a life of prosperity for the couple.

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SANGEETH/ COCKTAIL PARTY

We all have seen Geet and Aditya have a baller at Geet’s sister’s pre-wedding ritual in Jab We Met. This is just a glimpse of how much fun a Sangeeth ceremony can be. It is usually held evenings and a stage is set up. It is also sometimes clubbed with cocktail parties and yes, they are all as lively as Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani’s Badtameez Dil!

It is one of the most favorite and cherished ceremonies. There’s all the drama, fun, love, and laughter. 

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Now, that’s about a few pre-wedding photography ritual ideas. This is followed by the wedding. Since the day is packed with nervousness and excitement, the couple might tend to forget the poses they have earlier planned for, and hence, the following list will be a savior!

Wedding

Indian weddings are not just a celebration, it is a vibrant festival. It is an atmosphere of sheer delight! The entire day is filled with rituals, love, and joy!

These precious moments deserve to be captured. Here’s a checklist that also covers some of the shots you didn’t know you needed: 

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Post Wedding

“Just married” couples want to start off their new journey by making memories that can be framed. Years after when couples look at post-wedding images, it will fill their heart with warmth and love.  

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We can all relate to Monica from Friends who was sad that her wedding day was over but the only thing that brought a smile to her face was the wedding photographs. It is quite saddening when the wedding rituals come to an end remember, but every ending marks a new beginning. 

Planning wedding photography is an essential part of wedding preparation. Having a checklist is a must to ensure that everything goes as per your plan and there are no last-minute hiccups. 

You have to juggle numerous tasks for your wedding day and wedding photography will be the least of your worries with this ultimate checklist.

 

To ensure small tasks like this are taken care of and have a carefree event, an event planner is just a blessing in disguise. With years of experience planning multiple cross-cultural weddings, NRI weddings, and celebrity weddings since 2019, we are well-equipped to ensure the perfect big day for you. Reach out to us for a conversation!

The Tales of Tradition, equipped with experienced wedding planners that planned 50+ cross cultural unions, so tune in and let us make your big day a memorable one!