Having a shot list is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your clients. It helps you stay focused on capturing the valuable details of the day. And it helps you be more productive and efficient with the very limited time.
A word of caution. Do not assume that simply staying with the couple is going to effectively cover the day. A shot list keeps an eye on the variables and easy to miss subject matter.
Pace Your Capture
When we first started shooting weddings we would shoot everything we saw. 80% of what we shot was never seen again after the project.
We realized that the anxiety of running around came from our inability to pace our capture. Now as we are shooting from our shot sheet, we get the shot and move on. Moving on gives us the opportunity get those additional shots that are really important to the film and move on from the not so important stuff.
Pay attention to the schedule
VERIFY VERIFY VERIFY.. Then verify again. Things are always changing. Things run late, things run early, mom decides to give a speech right away after the grand march but it wasn't on the schedule.
Even though we have our own timeline we are constantly verifying information with the photographer and the wedding planner. It's important to make sure that what we expect to happen next actually happens. Don't go rouge. Team up with the other vendors to make sure you are in the loop.