Walking down the aisle, the first dance, cutting the cake (and then smashing it into each other’s faces) — these are the moments we usually think about when we imagine our wedding day. But don’t discount your day-of pre-wedding time, when you’re a bundle of nerves and energy getting ready with your best friends. You’ll def want your photographer to capture these 20 behind-the-scenes getting-ready shots.

1. Big Time Primping: Chances are this’ll be one of the most photographed days of your life. Capture all the pampering and primping that went into your look. (via Style Me Pretty)

2. Cheers!: Who says the groom has to be present for a champagne toast? Make sure you get a boozy group shot like this one! (via Style Me Pretty)

3. Spritz: You don’t want to just look good on the big day, you want to smell good, too. If you have a favorite perfume that you’ve been wearing FOREVER, get a photo of the spritzing action. (via Becca Dilley Photography)

4. Petal Power: Peonies or tea roses? It was probably a decision you wrestled with for months. Steal a sniff of the bouquet you agonized over. (via Bridal Guide)

5. Shoe Game: The dress makes the wedding, but the shoes make the girl. Get a good shot of your cute shoes before you scuff them up on the dance floor. (via Style Me Pretty)

6. Love Note: If you’re writing your own vows, a photo of you putting pen to paper in the name of love will definitely be a keepsake. (via Brit + Co)

7. Zip Up: When it comes to wedding gowns, it takes a village. Capture your team in action helping you get into your dream dress. (via Martina Micko)

8. All Dolled Up: Flawless wedding-day skin doesn’t come without a helping (expert) hand. You’ll want to remember this makeover moment. (via Munaluchi Bride)

9. Full Frontal: Don’t forget the classic full-length of gown shot (bonus points for pretty light filtering through the lace). (via Swanky Wedding)

10. Let Loose: It’s probably going to get a little crazy in the dressing room. Those are the best moments (as long as hairspray doesn’t get in your eyes). (via Junebug Weddings)

11. Mirror, Mirror: Encourage your photog to capture special moments via a strategically placed mirror. It gets the camera out of your face for moments that feel more private and authentic. (via Style Me Pretty)

12. Here, Kitty Kitty: Getting ready for your big day at home? Invite Mr. Cuddlesworth to get in on the action. (via Style Me Pretty)

13. Pull It On Up: Slipping on your garter makes a great (and subtly sexy) shot. (via Style Me Pretty)

14. Pretty Topper: Your veil may be the most elaborate piece of garb in your wedding day attire. Be sure to capture its intricacies in a close-up. (via Love My Dress)

15. First Look: When you’re finally all dolled up, get your loved one’s reaction on film. That moment is priceless. (via Floridian Weddings)

16. If The Shoe Fits: Don’t forget about good old dad! Get him in on the “getting ready” action, too. (via Jennifer Wilson)

17. Bejeweled: Nothing finishes off the perfect dress like the perfect necklace (besides, maybe, the perfect ring). Delicate and dangly or chunky and colorful, be sure to get a detail shot of that sucker. (via Chelsey Paul)

18. Liquid Gold: Running on coffee (or something stronger) the morning of your walk down the aisle? Snap a pretty pic. (via Utah Bride Blog)

19. Finishing Touches: A shot of you strapping on your heels doubles as a way to capture a good view of your amazing ‘do. (via Mod Wedding)

20. A Moment of Reflection: You’ll want to remember quiet moments with family like this one forever. (via Once Wed)

Did we miss a must-have “getting ready” shot? Tell us in the comments below!