Your wedding day is one of the most exciting days of your life and that is no exaggeration at all! It is a day that you will remember forever. It will begin with butterflies, excitement and a small dose of stress. Hiring a wedding planner is one of the best things that you can do for your day but honestly that's a blog post for another day. Today I want to help you construct your wedding day timeline because without a clear timeline the day is chaos.
It is important to make time for your photographs (duh). I may be a bit biased here but I promise that rushed photo sessions aren't pretty. A lot of times people underestimate how long it will take to capture effortless family photographs. Though I am not a planner, I want to make sure you have a worry free day. I always send my clients a timeline based on the planned details of their day. I’d love to share my secrets with you as well! For great photographs, I like to spend about 1 hour with the bride while she is getting glam’d up. During this time, my second photographer is with the groom. It typically takes 30 minutes to capture the bridal party and another 30 for the bride and groom photographs. Family formals may take over 30 minutes if you have a large extended family. Here is the backbone that I use for all of my wedding day timelines. Of course this timeline varies depending on if you plan on having a first look or sunset portraits but this is the recipe that I like to use.
1:00pm Photographer arrives and begins to capture photos of bride and groom getting ready as well as details such as dress and shoes.
1:30pm Bridesmaids get dressed
1:45pm Bride gets dressed
2:00 Bride and groom depart for their first look
2:10pm First Look+portraits between bride and groom
2:40pm Bridal party photos
3:10pm Immediate family photos
3:40pm I leave to photograph the ceremony decor which will take me approximately 15 minutes
4:30pm End of Ceremony
4:40pm Extended family photos and cocktail hour
5:15 I photograph the cocktail hour and reception decor
5:40pm Sunset photos of bride and groom (20 minutes)
6:15pm Guests invited to enter Reception and find their seat
6:30pm Grand Entrance
6:40pm First Dance
7:00pm Welcome Toast/Prayer
8:00pm Father // Daughter & Mother // Son dances
8:10pm Open dancing
9:15pm Cake cutting
9:20pm Bouquet/garter toss
9:30pm Open dancing
10:00pm Photographers leave
What do you think of this wedding day timeline? Of course adjustments are usually made depeding on circumstances and traditions and detailed timelines are always sent to clients beforehand but I hope you’ve found it helpful.