wedding details checklist

Memory is an interesting thing. We forget a lot of things, (I know I do) until we get reminded of them again. Until someone says "do you remember when" or when we see a picture. Wedding details can often times be overlooked and sometimes even under-appreciated. But the meaning of those things is deeper than it may seem from the first look. This is where the story becomes much deeper. A picture of the wedding flowers may remind you of took you a significant amount of time to decide on the type of flower and you got in a silly argument over flowers which ended up in a pillow fight? In the picture you see the damn flowers, but you will remember everything that revolved around them.

Dress shot - remember that 7th trip to a bridal shop with all of your girls to find that perfect dress and how you celebrated the find with a fun girls night out? Or the groom's cufflinks that were handed down through generations in brides family, but she is the only daughter, so they got passed down to him. How special is that! Just imagine how many memories it will bring back!

Invitations will remind you the time you spent making them, deciding on colors and aesthetic and dreaming about the day to come. So even though it seems like a silly thing to photograph, it has a bigger story to tell than we can see. But for the bride and groom - it is a part of their story, a part of their love and part of their relationship.

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Items to have for Your Wedding Day Detail Photos


One of my favorite ways to start a wedding day is with photos of your wedding details! It’s the best way I’ve found to warm up my creative side for the rest of the day. I photograph a couple’s details in a way that matches and showcases the style of the entire wedding day. So, in some ways, the details set the stage for the look of the whole wedding and I love having ample time to stylize the little things that collectively “set the scene” for the day!

For full weekend events, we’ll sometimes do these photos the day prior, before rehearsal coverage, and work alongside your planner to stylize the images.

You’ll have enough to think about as your wedding date gets closer, so I recommend collecting these items in one place, as you go throughout the planning process.



12 things BRIDES SHOULD have fOR



Here is a list of the details I’ll photograph whenever they’re available to me. I recommend bringing all of these that are applicable, plus any other special touches that are important to you:

  1. Invitation suite (2 copies of the full suite, if possible)
  2. Dress and veil
  3. Shoes
  4. Jewelry
  5. Perfume
  6. Something old, new, borrowed, blue
  7. ALL 3 rings. Engagement ring plus his and hers wedding bands. We’ll have time to get them to whoever will be holding them afterward.
  8. Bouquet and/or loose florals – many florists are great about including a few loose flowers/greenery for styled detail photos. Don’t assume that they will automatically do this if you don’t ask, though. It’s also important to coordinate that these florals arrive by the designated time that these detail photos will happen.
  9. Vow book
  10. Any extra ribbon, accents, or items of significance that represent the day
  11. Guest Welcome Bags or Favors
  12. Any gifts or notes from one another


PRO TIP: With the exception of your dress, veil, and the flowers that your florist will deliver, these items should all fit easily into one box or container. This is the easiest way to collect your detail photo items! That way, you only need to make sure your “ detail box” is with you, versus all these odds and ends. The alternative is a good way for items to be forgotten! Doing this also allows your photo team to start right on time, versus needing to begin the day with a search for each of these items.



Likewise, for grooms, many of their detail photo items should already be on hand. When the below items are readily available, my second photographer will use these items for some stylized images:

  1. Suit
  2. Tie
  3. Cuff links
  4. Watch
  5. Cologne
  6. Shoes and socks
  7. Handkerchief
  8. Belt/suspenders
  9. Invitation suite (2 copies of the full suite, if possible)
  10. Boutonniere
  11. Vow book
  12. Any extra ribbon, accents, or items of significance that represent the day
  13. Guest Welcome Bags or Favors
  14. Any gifts or notes from one another




If you haven’t already, begin to collect your wedding day details in a small box — as your date gets closer, you’ll be thankful to have one less thing to remember to do!