Hey there, beautiful!
Today I’m talking about a wedding timeline day example for any of my wedding couples. Having a wedding day timeline is extremely important, and no couple of mine will go without having at least some idea of how the day will go. With a solid timeline, I know I can show up to your day and have adequate time to photograph all the things on your shot list and that need to be documented. It’s my job to educate my couples on how much time I need to photograph details, the bridal party, family formals, etc.
If you’re not using a wedding planner, I will work with you about one to two months before your wedding date to set up a timeline like this. If you’re working with a wedding planner, I will work with him or her to create the best timeline for your day.
The timeline below is for a traditional wedding that would include the bride and groom getting ready on-site with a bridal party, 8 hours of coverage, a 2nd shooter and a first look (which I recommend to all my couples for more time and photos!). This is also assuming there is no travel between getting ready/ceremony site/reception.
Every wedding is unique so don’t worry if the aforementioned doesn’t apply to your wedding. I’ve shot all kinds of weddings, big and small and many do not need this many hours or have all these elements. This is just an example!
2:00 Photographers Arrive at venue – start on detail shots (invitations, table settings, rings, bouquet, etc.)
2:45 Bride & Bridesmaids Getting Ready; Second shooter with the Groom & Groomsmen
3:30 Bride gets into her dress / First Look
3:45 Bride & Groom Portraits
4:30 Bridal Party Photos
5:00 Guests start arriving
5:30 Ceremony Starts
6:00 Ceremony Ends
6:30 Formal Family Photos immediately following ceremony
7:00 Bride & Groom formal entrance to reception – dinner served
7:30 Sunset Bride & Groom Portraits
7:45 First Dance / Cake Cutting
10:00 Formal Exit – Photographers Depart
And that’s it! This timeline allows plenty of time for details, a first look, family portraits and even some more couples portraits at the best lighting for sunset. Times will vary by season and location. If you’re in the middle of planning your wedding, I hope this sample day-of timeline is useful for you!
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