Getting Ready Details to Have for Your Wedding Photos

Why would you want wedding details like your dress or shoes to be photographed? That’s a good question! The answer is simple: You’re gonna want every detail that you’ve invested in to be photographed to remember and fawn over for years to come! PLUS, they’re part of your wedding and part of you, it adds to the full story of your beautiful day. Another great article you should look at is How to Have Beautiful Getting Ready Photos. So you may be asking, what kind of wedding details should you have ready for your photographer? I’ll give you a list to look at!

FYI, you don’t need to have every single thing on this list. I’m just giving you all the examples of wedding details that can be photographed so that you’re aware!


  • Dress
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry (earrings, necklace, etc)
  • Veil or head piece, etc
  • Bouquet
  • Your engagement ring and wedding band
  • Full invitation suite
  • Vow book or letter
  • Perfume, lipstick
  • Stamps, wax seal, corks, ticket stubs
  • Wedding clutch bag, special sunglasses
  • Anything special that’s a part of your wedding attire
  • Anything special you want photographed like a sign, or your dogs bandana because he/she is the ring bearer, etc

*HOT TIP: Ask your florist for the extra flower petals or extra greenery that falls off your bouquet (it can be used for detail photos!)


  • Suit jacket
  • Tie/bow tie, pocket square, suspenders
  • Special cuffs links
  • Watch or any accessory you’re wearing
  • Any jewelry (necklace, earrings, etc)
  • Shoes
  • Boutonniere
  • Special socks (Only if they’re special with something meaningful you like. For example I’ve seen Star Wars socks or socks with their dogs face on it. If they’re regular everyday socks that mean nothing lol, we don’t need to photograph that)
  • Cologne
  • Vow book or letter
  • Cigars, special sunglasses
  • Anything special that’s a part of your wedding attire
  • Anything special you want photographed like a sign, or your grandpa’s pocket watch, etc


  1. You should speak with your photographer, but I always tell my clients that I need about 30 mins to capture these beautiful details. So about 30-45 mins before the bride is ready or 30 minutes before the groom is ready to capture their details. Make sure to add a good enough time for your details to be properly photographed!
  2. Get a hanger for both you and your partner’s wedding attire! It doesn’t have to be fancy, it doesn’t have to be customized. But just a plain wood shirt hanger from Target or Walmart is sufficient! Avoid getting a hanger with the trouser bar.
  3. Start collecting all these details at least a week before the wedding day in a box or bin so you have it in one place and won’t forget anything!
  4. On the day, gather all these details and put them together somewhere in the getting ready room. When the photographer arrives they can pick it up and get started with that right away because it usually takes 30 mins-45 mins for this to be captured without being rushed on time. That way, it also won’t take time away from you trying to gather all the pieces right then and there.
  5. Don’t put on any of these details until after the photographer has captured them, so you have to wait! The photographer will most likely capture you putting on your details as well. For the groom: when the photographer arrives the groom should be dressed in his shirt and suit pants. But don’t put on the rest, just set it aside for the photographer. Once the photographer is done photographing them, they’ll most likely take photos of you putting on your details and your best man putting on your jacket, things like that.


If this list has left you feeling at ease, let me know in the comments! I really hope it helps you easily plan for your wedding day. Contact me if you still have questions on this or to book me as your wedding photographer! I’m based out on Long Island, NY but can travel anywhere!

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