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The wedding day time line

Based on my years as a wedding photographer, I feel confident estimating how much time I’ll need for aspects of the day, but to ensure we’re on the same page, here’s a breakdown of what I’ll need to document everything perfectlywith a sample timeline of a wedding day with a 5:00pm ceremony.
 


60 minutes - Bride/Groom Prep (I’ll be with the bride, my second shooter will be with the groom)
30 minutes - Bridal Party Photos
30 minutes - Bride + Groom Photos
30 minutes - Family Photos (if you have large extended families, it may take longer)
15 minutes - Reception Decor Photos
10 minutes - Ceremony Decor Photos

Below is a sample time wedding day timeline with the sun setting at 6:30. This is merely a suggestion and if you’d like to move things around to what you prefer, please
feel free to do so!
 

1:30 - Ring, dress, shoes and other details (photographer arrives)
2:00 - Preparation photos
3:00 - travel to first look location
3:15 - Individual portraits
3:30 - First look and couple photos
3:50 - Bridal party photos
4:10 - Immediate family photos
4:30 - Travel to Ceremony location
4:45 - Photography Ceremony location details (Bride gets tucked away from driving guests)
5:10 - Bridal party lines up for Ceremony
5:15 - Ceremony
5:40 - Formal photos (extended friends and family)
6:00 - Couple photos
6:30 - (Sunset) Reception detail photos
6:45 - Grand Entrance
6:50 - First Dace
7:00 - Welcome toast/ prayer
7:10 - Dinner
7:45 - Toasts
8:00 - Father Daughter dance/ Mother son dance
8:10 - Open dancing
9:00 - bouquet/ garder toss
9:15 - Cake cutting
9:20 - open dancing
9:30 - Photographer leaves