As a bride, you will eventually need to sit down and create your wedding timeline. A timeline ensures that the day runs smoothly and that all vendors are on the same page. If you are wondering what a typical wedding timeline looks like and how much time your photographer will need to capture all the important aspects of your day, here is an example to help you get started.
Now allow me to remind you of this, in all of my years of wedding photography I’ve found that there’s really no one size fits all timeline. I work with EACH COUPLE to ensure that the timeline is specific to their wedding. This is simply a sample to give to each bride to consider.
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Décor: 30 – 45 Minutes
Your photographer will want to capture some shots of your venue and the décor before your reception area is filled with people, which is why this is generally the starting point. Don’t forget to mention any specific details that you want your photographer to capture.
Men Getting Ready: 30 Minutes
Next, your photographer will want to grab some shots of the guys getting ready. This will include any shots of them chilling in their casual outfits, getting ready and any general detail shots.
Ladies Getting Ready: 90 Minutes
Your photographer will spend more time with you and your bridesmaids because there is a lot more going on. Make sure that your photographer is able to capture some shots of you getting your hair and makeup done before you start getting ready. These 90 minutes may also include your mom or dad seeing you for the first time.
Since each wedding is unique, so there is no set time for your ceremony. It does help to build the timing of the rest of your day around your ceremony though. Not only do you want to make sure that your photographer has enough time for your couple photos afterward but that there’s enough time to capture you getting ready too.
Cocktail Hour: 30 Minutes
If you would like to capture photos of your guests as you greet them after the ceremony, work this into your timeline. Some couples choose to use this time to capture family and bridal party photos instead though.
Family & Bridal Party Photos: 30 Minutes
Before you get into your couple session, your photographer will spend time capturing family photos as well as photos of the bridal party.
Couple Photos: 60 Minutes
Your photographer will generally plan your photos according to the time the sun sets as this will give you the best light.
This should give you a good general idea of how your day will need to be planned out but your photographer will assist you with your timeline once you have provided them with important details such as the length of your ceremony.
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