Since becoming a photographer, I have seen several weddings from behind the scenes. From those experiences, I can tell you that
having a well-thought-out wedding day timeline plays a critical part of how relaxed (or how stressed) you will be on your very special day!
Your timeline will serve as the backbone to a smooth wedding day, so it is very important for everyone in your wedding party to have a clear understanding of what’s going to happen when.
This post intends to help you plan your wedding day timeline with photography in mind, so that every single area of your day has plenty of time to be photographed, and to relieve you of any unnecessary stress! This timeline will be based on an 8 hour wedding day. Here we go…
This post intends to help you plan your wedding day timeline with photography in mind so that every single area of your day has plenty of time to be photographed and to relieve you of any unnecessary stress! This timeline will be based on an 8 hour wedding day. Here we go…
Bridal Details, Hair and Makeup (45 minutes)
Every little detail is important to tell the story of the day, so plan on taking enough time to photograph details… like the dress, shoes, invitation suite, all three rings, bridesmaid dresses, etc. (you may read about bridal details here!) It is during this time that the finishing touches will be put on your makeup!
Bridal Prep & Groom Prep (30 minutes)
This is only if the bride and groom are prepping at the same location.
First Look (15 minutes)
This is a revolutionary way to not only add more leeway time in your wedding day, but also to create a pocket of time for you and your groom to have a little “precious” time together.
Portraits (30 minutes)
This is the time for most of your couple pictures to be taken, allowing you and your soon-to-be-husband to have more time to enjoy your guests after the ceremony!
Bridal Party Portraits (30 minutes)
Getting all your BFF’s together and doing these will be quick and easy! Not to mention, knocking the bridal party pictures out ahead of time leaves more room for you and your entire bridal party to enjoy the reception!
Bride in Hiding, so the guests won’t see her (30 minutes)
This time is for the bride and bridesmaids to touch up their makeup, fix their hair and any last minute prep before the ceremony. It is time to rest and relax before the ceremony… which also makes great buffer time for those running behind schedule.
Untouched Reception Details (20 minutes)
You’ve put a lot of hard work into planning your wedding, and sometimes you will not always get to see the reception area until guests have come in and set their bags and coats down! This allows your photographer to capture the untouched reception details… to be 100% sure you’ll be able to see all your thoughtful planning beauty!
Ceremony (30 minutes)
Every couple has a different desired length of time for their ceremony. I’m simply noting 30 minutes as a common ceremony time.
Family Portraits (30 minutes)
Pro tip! Make a list beforehand of the pictures you want so you and your photographer are on the same page!
Just Married Portraits (15 minutes)
Depending on your ceremony start time, this is normally your golden hour portraits… when the sun is setting, and a golden light is cast, making the light so dreamy!
Reception (3 hours):
Kick back and enjoy your family and friends celebrating your marriage!