Although each wedding is unique, and each wedding has it's unique characteristics, the structure of the day has some similarities. Below is a listing of the structure we see most often at weddings. Not all of these happen at every wedding. But most of these occur. Some weddings have more categories and often spontaneous events happen that create their own new category. This is also a helpful wedding planning resource.


  1. Artifacts of the Day – found objects that reflect the style, décor and emotions.
  2. Rings – close up of the rings; often with other important artifacts
  3. Dress – close ups of details, hanging, laying across a bed, hung in a tree, etc
  4. Flowers – bouquets, center pieces, etc
  5. Venue & Grounds – the setting of your wedding day
  6. Bride Prep – hair, makeup, celebrating the tender moments with bride and bridesmaids
  7. Groom Prep – fellas gathering, joking, easing nerves
  8. Bridesmaids –bride & bridesmaids with flowers when hair and make up are perfect
  9. Groomsmen – groom and men to show how cool they can really be
  10. First Look – a quiet intimate moment for bride & groom just before the ceremony. The couple can choose to see one another or remain hidden so they may hold hands around a corner, or a tree or open door separates them.
  11. Guest Gathering – arrival and guests taking their seats
  12. Here Comes the Bride – bridal procession into the ceremony
  13. Ceremony
  14. There Goes the Bride – exit procession
  15. Formal Wedding Photos – the full wedding party and immediate family
  16. Mr & Ms – just the couple
  17. Ms – just the bride. After all, this day is about you, your dress and how beautiful you are.
  18. Presenting – announcing the couple at the reception
  19. First toasts
  20. First Dance(s)
  21. Bouquet Toss
  22. Garter Toss
  23. Cake & Cutting
  24. Reception & Guests
  25. Families
  26. Send Off
  27. Getaway Car

These are not in any order but can also serve to help organize and plan your wedding day.