Wedding Photography Sample Timelines

Wedding Timeline

"How much time do I need for photography coverage of my wedding day?"

                                                                             Wedding Timelines

This is probably the most commonly asked question by all couples getting married.

My answer is always, “well it depends.”

“Depends on what, Taylor?!”

How much time you will need for photography coverage depends on what your vision of your wedding day looks like. Do you picture yourself looking back at the moments of you getting ready with all your bridesmaids, your mom helping you into your dress, or how about a first look before the ceremony? Are you doing a cake cutting, bouquet toss, lots of dancing, or a grand exit? If yes, you’ll want to have me there up until the very end! If you feel there may be photos you want remembered  you will want to ensure I am there for those moments.

I created these sample timelines to help you get an idea of what your wedding could look like. Of course these are just samples, your timeline will be customized by me for your special day to ensure I am there for all those special and memorable moments.

5 Hours of Coverage

Without First Look

2:30 p.m. Photographers Arrive
2:45 p.m. Bride & Groom Gets Dressed
3:00 p.m. Bride and Bridesmaid Portraits
3:30 p.m. Groom and Groomsmen Portraits
5:00 p.m. Ceremony
6:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour
6:05 p.m. Formal Family Photos & Couples Portraits
7:00 p.m. Guests Invited to Dinner
7:15 p.m. Grand Entrance and First Dance
7:30 P.M. Photographers Leave

7 Hours of Coverage

With First Look

1:30 p.m. Photographers Arrive
2:30 p.m. Bride and Bridesmaids Are Ready;
2:45 p.m. Bride Gets Dressed
3:00 p.m. Bride and Bridesmaid Portraits
3:30 p.m. Groom and Groomsmen Portraits
3:50 p.m. First Look
4:00 p.m. Couples Portraits
4:30 p.m. Bridal party Photos
5:00 p.m. Ceremony
6:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour
6:05 p.m. Formal Family Photos
7:00 p.m. Guests Invited to Dinner
7:15 p.m. Grand Entrance and First Dance
7:30 P.M. Toasts
7:45 p.m. Dinner
8:30 p.m. Photographers Leave

Without First Look

1:30 p.m. Photographers Arrive
2:30 p.m. Bride and Bridesmaids Are Ready;
2:45 p.m. Bride & Groom Gets Dressed
3:00 p.m. Bride and Bridesmaid Portraits
3:30 p.m. Groom and Groomsmen Portraits
5:00 p.m. Ceremony
6:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour
6:05 p.m. Formal Family Photos & Couples Portraits
7:00 p.m. Guests Invited to Dinner
7:15 p.m. Grand Entrance and First Dance
7:30 P.M. Toasts
7:45 p.m. Dinner
8:30 p.m. Photographers Leave

9 Hours of Coverage

With First Look

1:30 p.m. Photographers Arrive
2:30 p.m. Bride and Bridesmaids Are Ready
2:45 p.m. Bride & Groom get dressed
3:00 p.m. Bride and Bridesmaid Portraits
3:30 p.m. Groom and Groomsmen Portraits
3:50 p.m. First Look
4:00 p.m. Portrait Photos Together
5:00 p.m. Ceremony
6:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour
6:05 p.m. Formal Family Photos
7:00 p.m. Guests Invited to Dinner
7:15 p.m. Grand Entrance and First Dance
7:30 P.M. Toasts
7:45 p.m. Dinner
8:30 p.m. Bridal Party Toasts
8:40 p.m. Parent Dances
8:50 p.m. Open Dance Floor
9:30 p.m. Cake Cutting
9:45 p.m. Bouquet Toss and Garter Toss
10:15 p.m. Last Dance
10:20 p.m. Grand Exit
10:30 p.m. Photographers Leave

FAQ's

  1. Should I do a first look? I always recommend it! This is the moment for just the two of you (and me) to see each other before the ceremony. This allows me to capture the emotion of seeing each other for the first time in your wedding attire without the pressure of guests staring at you. It also helps calm your nerves!
  2. What are some alternatives to doing a first look where we don’t have to see each other? There’s so many ways to capture intimate moments between you two before the ceremony. You can write letters to each other to be read separately before the ceremony. My personal favorite is a first touch. This is where you both can hold hands and “touch” without seeing each other. 
  3. Can I do a first look with someone besides my spouse? Of course! I have photographed first looks with dads, grandmas, and grandpas! If there is someone special in your life you want to share the moment of a first look with I would love to capture it!
  4. What is the benefit to doing a first look? One of the biggest benefits to the first look is the ability to get some portraits done before the ceremony. This allows more time for you to enjoy the cocktail hour!
  5. I want my ceremony to start at the best time for photos, when is that? I can definitely help assist you in planning your ceremony around the sunset and best time for lighting. Just message me and ask me because it depends on your date!

Have more questions about

Wedding Timelines?