5 Tips for Choosing Wedding Photos

by Lotoya Vongrechin on August 28, 2013

5 Tips to Choosing Wedding PhotosAfter weeks of waiting to lay eyes on your wedding photos, it’s finally time to choose the shots to cherish for a lifetime.  Receiving hundreds of photos from your photographer can be overwhelming.  How do you possibility narrow down hundreds of gorgeous photos to one hundred or less? Ideally, you’d love to create an album from them all, but realistically you have a set amount in the package you purchased.  Here are some tips that will help you choose the best photos from your wedding day:

  1. Casually view the photos with your spouse.   For the first time viewing the photos, take your time, reminisce and end enjoy your wedding day all over again.  Don’t pressure yourself to start choosing shots for the album or portraits.
  2. Review your pre-wedding photographer shoot list.   Prior to your wedding you may have provided your photographer a specific list of shots you wanted captured.  Locate this list and use it to help select your favorite photos.  I bet you never thought you would need this list again. 
  3. Create a “must have” preliminary photo list.   View your photos for a second time.  This time make a list of all the shots you truly love and adore.  Challenge yourself to a list of no more than 175 photos (you aren’t limited here base the amount on your package).  Be sure to include photos from the pre-wedding shoot list.
  4. Break out categories.  From our preliminary list, assign each photo to a category such as pre-wedding (bride and groom getting ready for the day), first look, bridal party and family, ceremony, reception (dinner and party), first dance, cake cutting, speeches, as newlywed, decor detail shots and etc.   Now think about how you want to share your wedding day in the photo album.  Your photographer will assist with the layout.
  5. Meet with your photographer.  Submit your photos with the assigned categories to your photographer.  Then set up a meeting to discuss your package and officially place the order for your lovely wedding photos.

Picking your wedding photos can certainly be a daunting task, but with a few great tips it’s a breeze.  I hope you found this post helpful, leave a comment and share.

photo credit:  b&w, cheers, cake, flower girl and ring bear, bride and groom, wedding table, wedding rings

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Party Accents August 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Great tips! I get lots of people asking me the same questions too. Breaking the photos into categories is a good one, lots of people don’t really know how to organize pictures after the ceremony is done. Great post!

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Bianca - RSVP by B Wedding & Event Planning August 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Awesome tips – I will definitely use these tips when selecting my top wedding photos in the next week or two. Love step number one, very important to enjoy them as is. 🙂

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Nancy September 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Thank you for this post, I love these how to choose wedding photo tips and will be sharing with others!

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Courtney - Alpha Prosperity Events September 7, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Great tips. And you are correct, choosing your final photos is very overwhelming. I have known couples that take almost two years to select their final photos. These tips should make it a bit easier to choose.

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Chris harmen January 27, 2014 at 4:19 am

Wedding is such a beautiful thing for two lives coming together. It has to be definitely a show which the couple and people remember all their life. The theme has to be designed perfectly and the wedding photographer should be professional.

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