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Three Sample Wedding Day Timelines

January 20, 2018

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When it comes to helping a bride and groom plan their wedding day I always let them know one secret: The wedding day timeline is *the* way to a stress-free wedding day. It’s important that the timeline is established early during the wedding planning process and it’s one of the first things I sit down and create with a couple after booking my photography services. While these are three sample timelines, every timeline is completely tailored to each couple. We take into account factors such as whether or not you want to have a first look, how long you want to spend on portraits after the ceremony and even sunset times.

 

Once we’ve discussed the important moments of your day, the timeline tends to naturally fall into place. However, having it in writing makes a world of difference. It allows everyone to know when and where to be during each moment of the day. Not only is this helpful for photographing key moments and people. It also allows your vendors (from your planner/coordinator, to your band and catering staff) to work together behind the scenes to help make your day an expertly orchestrated event. Because at the end of the day, our shared goal is to create your perfect wedding day.

 

During the typical wedding day timeline, my team and I arrive 2 – 3 hours before the ceremony. During this time we will capture details, getting ready photos and as many of the formal portraits as possible. This allows you to spend more time with your bride/groom and guests because we aren’t trying to fit everything in after the ceremony!

 

Each of these wedding day timelines offer an idea of what your day with a wedding photographer might look from start to finish.

Three Sample Wedding Day Timelines

COLLAGE OF BRIDE AND GROOM DURING FIRST LOOK WEDDING DAY TIMELINE

Wedding Day Timeline: 1 Photographer, 9 Hour Day – With First Look

Let me begin by saying I’m a huge fan of the first look for a few reasons but in short, it allows time for just the two of you before what ends up being a very busy day. It also allows you more quality time with your guests later! Win-win for everyone.

1:00 pm Detail Shots and Getting Ready 
Photographers arrive to capture details of the rings, flowers, veil, shoes, ties, the dress and tux, momentos – all of the small details that mean so much! We will also photograph the final touches of bride and bridesmaids during hair and makeup. During this time we’re also intermittently photographing candid moments with your closest friends.

2:00 pm Bride Steps Into Her Dress
Some of my favorite photos have been taken during the moments after a bride steps into her dress. When she is revealed to her family and friends. Those moments while they’re helping her with her jewelry and her veil.

2:30 pm Bride Portraits

Formal photos of the bride in her dress.

3:00 pm First Look

Bride and Groom have a first look followed by portraits.

3:30 pm Grooms Portraits
Formal photos of the groom.

4:00 pm Bridal Party

4:30 pm Head to Ceremony Site
It’s a good idea to arrive at the ceremony at least 30 minutes prior to the start time. We will document any special moments that happen as guests arrive.

5:00 pm Ceremony 

5:30 pm Family Portraits
These usually follow directly after the ceremony while your guests are enjoying cocktail hour. Together we will create a family photograph lists to ensure the people who matter aren’t missed.

6:00 pm Reception
During the reception, we will photograph dances, cake cutting, toasts and of course we will be on the dance floor with you the whole night through!

10:00 pm Bride and Groom Send-Off

Download a PDF of this Sample Wedding Timeline here.

COLLAGE OF WEDDING DAY DETAIL SHOTS FOR WEDDING DAY TIMELINE

Wedding Day Timeline: 1 Photographer, 9 Hour Day – Without First Look

1:00 pm Detail Shots and Getting Ready 
Photographers arrive to capture details of the rings, flowers, veil, shoes, ties, the dress and tux, momentos – all of the small details that mean so much!
Final touches of bride and bridesmaids during hair and makeup. During this time we’re also intermittently photographing candid moments with your closest friends.

2:00 pm Bride Steps Into Her Dress
Some of my favorite photos have been taken during the moments after a bride steps into her dress. When she is revealed to her family and friends. Those moments while they’re helping her with her jewelry and her veil.

2:30 pm Bridal Portraits
Formal photos of the bride in her dress.

3:00 pm Bridesmaid Portraits
We usually aim to take photos of the bride with each bridesmaid and then group portraits.

3:30 pm Grooms Photographs
Formal photos of the groom.

4:00 pm Groomsmen Photographs

4:30 pm Head to Ceremony Site
It’s a good idea to arrive at the ceremony at least 30 minutes prior to the start time. We will document any special moments that happen as guests arrive.

5:00 pm Ceremony 

5:30 pm Family Portraits
These usually follow directly after the ceremony while your guests are enjoying cocktail hour. Together we will create a family photograph lists to ensure the people who matter aren’t missed.

5:45 pm Full Bridal Party Portraits
Now that the bride and groom are together, we can check off the full bridal party portraits!

6:00 pm Photographs of the Bride and Groom 

10:00 pm Bride and Groom Send-Off

Download a PDF of this Sample Wedding Timeline here.

WEDDING DAY TIMELINE BRIDESMAIDS IN SHADES OF PURPLE DRESSES HOLDING BOUQUETS

Wedding Day Timeline: Two Photographers, 8 Hour Day

Note *AP Marks what the associate photographer is doing during the 5 hours they are there.

2:00 pm Getting Ready and Detail Shots
The lead photographer arrives to capture details of the rings, flowers, veil, shoes, ties, the dress and tux, momentos – all of the small details that mean so much. We will also photograph the final touches of bride and bridesmaids during hair and makeup. During this time we’re also intermittently photographing candid moments with your closest friends.

3:00 pm Bride Getting  into her Dress 

3:30 pm Bridal Portraits (*AP) Groom Portraits
At 3pm the associate photographer has arrived and will now begin concurrently photographing the groom and groomsmen.

4:00 pm Bridesmaids Portraits (*AP) Groomsmen Portraits

4:30 pm Head to Ceremony Site
It’s a good idea to arrive at the ceremony at least 30 minutes prior to the start time. We will document any special moments that happen as guests arrive.

5:00 pm Ceremony

5:30 pm Family Portraits 
These usually follow directly after the ceremony while your guests are enjoying cocktail hour. Together we will create a family photograph lists to ensure the people who matter aren’t missed.

5:30 pm (*AP) Cocktail Hour Coverage
The associate photographer will be capturing your reception venue details as well as candid moments that happen between your guests during cocktail hour. This is also the time we will be offering to do group photos of your guest.

5:45 pm Full Bridal Party Portraits

6:00 pm Bride and Groom Photographs

6:30 pm Reception

10:00 pm Bride and Groom Send-Off

Download a PDF of this Sample Wedding Timeline here.

 

 

  1. Shawna Stewart

    January 22nd, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Wow, I love this…. takes the stress out of coming up with a scheduled timely day for unorganized or lack of time there of…

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  1. Shawna Stewart

    January 22nd, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Wow, I love this…. takes the stress out of coming up with a scheduled timely day for unorganized or lack of time there of…

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