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What do you put in detail shots for a wedding?

First let me explain what detailed shots are. They include photographs of your invitation, wedding gown, veil, shoes, perfume rings, jewelry vows and any other sentimental item making an appearance on your day. Why would you want these items photographed? Planning a wedding requires so much attention to detail, you should get pics of them to tell your wedding day story! We at Melchy Hill Photography make sure to take time to capture these precious and meaningful items! We often get asked what items to bring and how our process works. So today, we are sharing those must-have details for detail shots!


Your details are some of the first images we will take on your wedding day. I like to start off with photographing the rings and bouquet.

One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is getting ready with the bride. Im always so excited to see the dress our bride chose and the intimate pieces that you fell in love with! These little details often make for our couple’s favorite images.


Since this is the first thing we will photograph, make sure to have them ready to go. This way you can focus on getting ready, and we do the rest. Designate who will be in charge of your getting ready details. I suggest your Maid of Honor and Best Man as they will be there with you the whole day! Have all the items collected and placed in a box beforehand, for ease of transportation.

Get those rings picture-ready. If possible, try to have your engagement ring cleaned or DIY clean it yourself. Also, have your bouquet delivered in time to make an appearance for the detail shots and your first look (if you are having one). Flowers always compliment the details by bringing in your wedding colors.

If you are writing letters to one another to read before the ceremony, have those on hand as well! We love to capture you both reading them and opening any gifts you are giving to each other. We will often capture these after you are dressed.


Keep your space neat and clean. This keeps the flow moving so we don't have to clean before photos which can cause stress.


As you start planning, keep a list of the important items you will want to be photographed! This way you can start placing them aside and have them ready. Here are some items we recommend:

  1. Your rings (including wedding bands!)

  2. Ring box.

  3. Dress and a pretty hanger.

  4. Any jewelry, like hairpieces, earrings, bracelets, family heirlooms, etc.

  5. Your perfume.

  6. Vow book.

  7. Invitation Suite (Two full sets with envelopes and stamps! We suggest having the address be one that can be seen online, so a lot of couples will choose a restaurant where they had their first date or an address of imaginary places from their favorite books or TV show!)

  8. Any other paper stationery you may have like program cards, Save The Dates, etc.

  9. I’d love to have a few cuts of the florals you’ll be using throughout your wedding day. If your florist will supply me with a few extra pieces and flowers, I can incorporate those in your detail shots.

  10. Any other sentimental keepsakes you would like to include.

Don’t forget the groom! We will also make sure to photograph their details on the wedding day. Here is a list of some important groom items to set aside.

  1. His shoes.

  2. Socks (if they’re special)

  3. Cuff Links.

  4. Tie or Bow Tie.

  5. Pocket Square.

  6. Boutonnière.

  7. Vows Book.

  8. Rings.

  9. Anything else he’ll have that is special or sentimental.

Trust me when I say that you’ll cherish these detail shots for years to come. It’s so much fun being able to look back on your wedding and see how everything came together. It’s so important to us that we capture all of those important memories. If you’re planning your wedding, it would amazing to work together. Let's Chat to see how we can help you on your day

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