13 Essential Wedding Dress Photos (That Aren't Played Out)

You spend months searching for the perfect wedding dress, but your wedding day will fly by no matter what you're wearing. So it helps to go in to the big event with a plan—a list of exactly which photos to take—so that the memories you want captured end up in your scrapbook.

These 13 shots are the wedding dress photos you'll look back on and smile about, because they capture both the stunning design you chose and the emotion and excitement of the big day. From close-up shots to photos with family and friends, these memories are a must.

Read on for inspiration, and to shop a few of our favorite dresses for your big day!

Posing With Someone Special

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Style Me Pretty/Esther Sun Photography

Show off your dress and your love for your family and friends by posing in the dress with a special guest.

Showing Off the Layers

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Style Me Pretty/Charla Storey

A dress that has lots of layers deserves to be shown off. Make sure to pose while playing with the skirt.

An Up-Close Details Shot

Make sure to zoom in on your dress's stunning details, since they can often be overlooked during a hectic day.

An Elegant Side Shot

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Style Me Pretty/Honey Honey Photography

Your dress looks amazing from the front, but catch it from the side to see the elegant train and the beautiful bodice.

Buttoning Up the Dress

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Style Me Pretty/Corbin Gurkin

Getting into your dress is no easy feat. Capture the moment so you can remember your jitters while getting ready.

With the Groom

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Style Me Pretty/Jen Huang

Whether you choose to shoot with the groom before or after the ceremony, make sure to get a few shots where you can really see what you're wearing. You'll love the action shots later on, but it will be a bummer if you don't have any of your full dress.

With Your Bridesmaids

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Style Me Pretty/Honey Honey Photography

Your friends have been by your side from the beginning, so make sure to celebrate with the women who helped make your day extra special. 

Taking Out the Dress

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Style Me Pretty/Lacie Hansen

If your photographer is around in the early hours before the ceremony, have them capture a photo of you finally taking your dress out for your big day.

Posing From Behind

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Style Me Pretty/Lauren Peele

Celebrate your dress from all angles, and make sure to take a shot from behind, especially if there are standout back details.

A Zoomed-In Shot Together

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Style Me Pretty/Sonya Khegay 

Capture your beautiful dress up close while your someone special is holding you close. It's romantic, and it's a great way to capture the unique details of your dress.

Getting Ready

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Style Me Pretty/Brittany Rene Photography

Your wedding day will be over before you know it, so make sure your photographer captures the quiet moments before you say "I do."

Putting On Your Shoes

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Style Me Pretty/Mademoiselle Fiona

There's something intimate and precious about the moment you add on the finishing touches. 

Posing With the Veil

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Style Me Pretty / BluElla Photography

If you choose to wear a veil, make sure that a few shots feature the delicate hairpiece alongside your dress.