Example Timelines

 

You're probably thinking: "I've never been married before, and I've been to a handful of weddings over the summer but the only thing I was paying attention to was the hors d'oeuvres and how amazing her dress was! So how the heck should I know what a wedding day timeline should look like?" Well here it is. For a winter wedding just push this timeline back an hour or two. Winter weddings without a first look (which I don't reccomend) should start even earlier so we have time to take your portraits before it gets dark out!

 

Summer Timeline with a First Look

Wake up: whenever the heck you want!!

Getting ready: ____am-1:20pm

Photographer arrives around 1:30pm

Dress on: 1:45pm

First look: 2pm

Bride & groom portraits: 2-3pm

Wedding party: 3-3:30pm

Family: 3:30-4pm

Hiding before ceremony: 4-5pm

Ceremony: 5-5:30pm

Extended family photos (optional): 5:30-5:40pm

Cocktail hour (optional): 5:30-6:30pm

Dinner: 6:30-7:30pm

Toasts: 7-7:40pm

Sunset pics: I will pull you aside if there is a beautiful sunset sometime during dinner or after toasts!

Cake cutting: 7:40pm

Special dances: 7:45-8pm

Party on: 8-10pm

Exit: 10pm

 

Summer Timeline without a First Look

Wake up: whenever the heck you want!!

Getting ready: _____am-3pm

Photographer arrives around 3pm

Dress on: 3:30pm

Bridesmaids: 3:45-4pm

Groomsmen: 3:45-4pm

These groupings of photos can happen simultaneously with a second shooter photographing the groom & his family and groomsmen while I photograph the bride & her family and bridesmaids.

Bride with immediate family: 4-4:10pm

Groom with immediate family: 4-4:10pm

Ceremony: 5-5:30pm

Cocktail hour or live band (necessary so your guests aren't bored!): 5:30-6:30pm

Wedding Party: 5:30-5:40pm

Family: 5:40-6pm

Bride and groom portraits: 6-6:30pm

Dinner: 6:30-7:30pm

Toasts: 7-7:40pm

Cake cutting: 7:40pm

Special dances: 7:45-8pm

Party on: 8-10pm

Exit: 10pm