Planning your wedding day timeline

Here's an update for a post I created a couple years ago to help with "planning your wedding day timeline." We encourage all of our couples to create and share their wedding day timeline with us before their wedding. Having this timeline really helps things go smoothly, and ensures that all those involved in their big day are all on the same page.  Quite often though, many of our couples are unsure what a typical timeline looks like and don't really know the best way to go about creating one. That's why I wanted to create this post, in hopes providing a starting point for all the brides who might need a little help!

These sample timelines walk you through a wedding day with the ceremony starting at 4p and correspond to the wedding day photography packages we offer. Some things you'll notice I encourage my clients to prioritize on their wedding day is time together . That's why I encourage couples to carve out time to do a first look and to prioritize their heirloom portraits (especially during times when the sunlight is at it's loveliest). After that busy day, I've heard couples mention that they didn't get to actually spend any time together. My aim is to remedy that for my clients, because I feel that spending time together during this special day is paramount. 

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Destination - Up to 8 hours

  • 11a - Relaxing bubble bath, hair + make-up
  • 130p - Photographer arrives
    • Style wedding day details to photograph
    • Photograph bridal party "getting ready"
    • Document bride putting on her dress/ Dress reveal to bridesmaids 
  • 230p - First look
    • Bride + Groom or Parent + Child
    • Letter/ Gift exchange
  • 330p - Pre-Ceremony prep
    • Guests arrive while bridal party waits
  • 4p - Ceremony begins
  • 5p - Family formal images
  • 530p - Mr + Mrs Heirloom portraits
    • Cocktail hour begins  
    • This is a special time to create cherished images for display, heirloom portraits of the married couple to document this momentous day. 
    • The ideal time for these images is 1 to 2 hours before sunset. This is when the light is golden and lovely. 
  • 630p - Bridal party introductions
  • 7p - Dinner
  • 8p - Cake cutting
  • 830p - First dances +open dances
  • 930p - Coverage ends

Local - Up to 6 hours

  • 11a - Relaxing bubble bath, hair + make-up
  • 2p - Photographer arrives
    • Style wedding day details to photograph
    • Document bride putting on her dress/ Dress reveal to bridesmaids 
  • 230p - First look
    • Bride + Groom or Parent + Child
    • Letter/ Gift exchange
  • 3p - Pre-Ceremony prep
    • Travel to ceremony location
    • Guests arrive while bridal party waits
  • 4p - Ceremony begins
  • 5p - Family formal images
  • 530p - Mr + Mrs Heirloom portraits
    • Cocktail hour begins  
    • This is a special time to create cherished images for display, heirloom portraits of the married coupleto document this momentous day. 
    • The ideal time for these images is 1 to 2 hours before sunset. This is when the light is golden and lovely. 
  • 6p - Bridal party introductions + first dances
  • 630p - Dinner
  • 730p - Cake cutting + open dancing
  • 8p - Coverage ends

Intimate - Up to 4 hours

  • 11a - Relaxing bubble bath, hair + make-up
  • 230p - Photographer arrives + first look
    • Bride + Groom
    • Letter/ Gift exchange
  • 3p - Pre-Ceremony prep
    • Travel to ceremony location
    • Guests arrive while bridal party waits
  • 4p - Ceremony begins
  • 5p - Family formal images
  • 530p - Mr + Mrs Heirloom portraits
    • Reception begins  
    • This is a special time to create cherished images for display, heirloom portraits of the married couple to document this momentous day. 
    • The ideal time for these images is 1 to 2 hours before sunset. This is when the light is golden and lovely. 
  • 6p - Mrs + Mrs. are introduced
    • first dance, cake cutting + dinner begins
    • 630p - Coverage ends

Since each wedding is different this sample is just to give you some ideas for planning a timeline for a wedding where the ceremony begins at 4p. We hope it's a helpful starting point for creating your own personalized wedding day timeline. If you need a bit more help we'd be happy to reccomend some wedding planners who'd be happy to assist you coordinate your day.

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