One of the most crucial aspects of capturing your perfect day is creating the perfect timeline. As a photographer, we are here to help you! A well-planned schedule ensures that every moment is captured beautifully, from the intimate getting ready shots to the grand finale of your reception. Here are some tips  for picking the best timeline for your wedding: 

  1. Start Early: Begin planning your photography and wedding timeline as soon as possible. Coordinate with your photographer to ensure they have ample time to capture all the essential moments without feeling rushed
  2. Getting Ready: Start your photography coverage early in the day to capture the excitement and anticipation as you and your bridal party prepare for the ceremony. These candid moments often make for some of the most memorable photos. It is also helpful to start earlier to give your photographer some time to capture your details as you finalize getting ready. 
  3. First Look vs. Traditional: Decide whether you want to have a first look before the ceremony or stick to the traditional reveal as you walk down the aisle. Each option has its pros and cons, so choose one that feels right for you as a couple. 
  4. Ceremony Timing: Work with your officiant to determine the length of your ceremony and factor in time for any special rituals or readings. Be sure to allow your photographer enough time to capture key moments like the exchange of vows and rings. 
  5. Post-Ceremony Portraits: Schedule ample time for post-ceremony portraits with your bridal party, immediate family, and of course, the newlyweds. This is your chance to capture formal portraits and candid shots in various locations. Reminder: If you opt into doing a first look, a lot of these portraits can be captured before the ceremony. 
  6. Golden Hour: If possible, schedule to sneak away from your reception for a  short portrait session during golden hour, the magical time just before sunset when the light is soft and golden. These photos often have a romantic and ethereal quality that's perfect for couples. Make sure to remember that sunset times will differ depending on the day and the time of year you are getting married. 
  7. Reception Timeline: Coordinate with your wedding planner or venue coordinator to create a timeline for the reception events, including the grand entrance, first dance, toasts, cake cutting, and anything special you may have planned. Ensure your photographer is aware of these key moments to capture them seamlessly. 
  8. Flexibility: While its essential to have a well-planned timeline, it's also crucial to remain flexible and adaptable on your wedding day. Unexpected delays or changes may arise, so trust your photographer to adjust accordingly while still capturing beautiful moments 
  9. Communication is Key: Open communication with your photographer is vital throughout the planning process. Discuss your vision, preferences, and any specific shots you want to capture to ensure everyone is on the same page. 

Here's an example timeline: 

  • 8:00/8:30 am: Bridesmaids arrive
  • 10:30 am- 11:00 am- Groomsmen Arrive
  • 12:00 pm Photographer arrives Start getting Ready Photos & Detail Photos
  • 1:00 pm- First look Photos
  • 1:30 pm- Family Photos
  • 2:15pm-Bridal Party Photos
  • 3:00 pm- Couple Photos
  • 4:30 pm -4:45 pm- Ceremony Begins
  • 4:45 pm- 5:00 pm- Ceremony Ends
  • 5:00 pm- Cocktail Hour Begins/Bar opens
  • 5:30 pm- Golden Hour Pics 
  • 5:55-6:00 pm-Grand Entrance 
  • 6:15 pm-Dinner and Speeches
  • 7:30 pm- First Dances
  • 7:45pm-Dance Floor Opens
  • 8:30pm-Photographer Leaves
  • 11:15 pm- Last Song
  • 11:30 pm- Last Shuttle to Hotel Leaves

Creating the perfect timeline for your wedding photography is a collaborative process between you, your photographer, and other vendors involved in your big day. By carefully planning and considering these tips, you can ensure that every moment is captured beautifully, creating timeless memories to cherish forever.