I don’t expect you to know how long each section of photos will take, I’ve photographed at least a hundred weddings and I’ve got a system down that’s pretty much repeatable for almost every wedding I photograph. You’re with me pretty much the entire day so it’s important you know that I’ll have everything covered on your timeline!

TIPS ON YOUR WEDDING DAY TIMELINE 
 I'VE GOT YOU COVERED!

I currently offer 8 and 10 hour packages and you can always add more time if needed! I can photograph a wedding well and confidently within these time frames without stress and a press for time. 10 hours usually adds more time for me at the beginning (getting ready photos) or at the reception (a longer party heeeyyyy) but if you have a lower budget, I can do 8 hours no problem, I just may not be able to stay for the exit if you’re having a long party!

FIRST DECIDE ON THE COVERAGE YOU NEED

A first look just means you’ll be seeing each other before the ceremony. This allows for more relaxed time taking photos, rather than squeezing all the important moments you want captured into a tiny time frame immediately following the ceremony (when you really just want to be stuffing your face at the reception). I totally respect either decision you make and both options make for a sweet heart-felt wedding day! If you decide against a first look, just be prepared for an hour to an hour and a half (depending on how big your family and bridal party is) of photos following the ceremony.

Then, decide whether you’d like to do a first look or not

Here’s how I typically lay out a timeline based on the natural flow of a wedding day

Arrival + Getting Ready Photos + Details
(30 min - 2 hours)
Getting in Your Wedding Dress (30 min)
Individuals of Bride + Groom (30 min)
First Look + Couple Photos (1 hour)
Bridal Party (30 min-1 hour)
Family (30 min - 1 hour)
Rest Time Before the Ceremony + final details
(1 hour)
 Ceremony (30 min)
 Reception (2 hours+)


*insert example 8 hour timeline, first look
*insert example 10 hour timeline, first look

WITH A First Look
(exact timing is based on coverage)

Arrival + Getting Ready Photos + Details
(30 min - 1 hour)
Getting in Your Wedding Dress (30 min)
Individuals of Bride + Groom (30 min)
Bride with Bridesmaids + Immediate Family (30 min)
Groom with Groomsmen + Immediate Family (30 min)
Rest Time Before the Ceremony + final details (1 hour)
 Ceremony (usually 30 min)
 Family (30 min - 1 hour)
 Bridal Party (30 min)
 Couple Photos (30-45 min)
 Reception (2 hours+)

No First Look
(exact timing is based on coverage)


consider your ceremony time especially in Daylight Savings time. If you don’t want a first look and your ceremony is at sunset...then all those photos will have to be taken indoors and with flash :(

if getting ready, ceremony, or reception are at different locations, this will affect timing and travel time will have to be worked into the timeline

THINGS TO CONSIDER