I developed a very basic timeline for the standard wedding to help give you an idea on how long the day may take and point out some things to think about for what you may want a photographer for. Again, this is just a sample timeline and may in no way relate to what you are doing or even need. Please feel free to contact me about any questions you may have or to book a consultation!
SAMPLE WEDDING DAY TIMELINE (8 hours of coverage)
2:00 PM - I ARRIVE AND BEGIN TAKING PHOTOS
In this time, I like to photograph “details” such as the dress, shoes, jewelry, bouquet, and reception decorations. I'll also get your preparation process such as getting your hair & makeup completed, and your bridesmaids as they get ready as well.
3:30 - BRIDE GETS DRESSED
Once your dress is on, it’s a great time to photograph your family or bridesmaids lacing or zipping up your dress. You’ll also be adding accessories such as ear rings, necklace, and shoes.
4:00 - GROOM FINAL PREPARATIONS
At this point I’ll move over to the groom’s side of things. Similar to the bride, I like to get photos putting on his tie, shoes, and accessories.
4:30 - PHOTOGRAPH GUESTS ARRIVING
5:00 - CEREMONY!!
5:30 - FAMILY PHOTOS
You’ll want to instruct your immediate families to stick around to do photos.
5:45 - WEDDING PARTY PHOTOS
Similar to your family, please make sure the wedding party knows to stay for pictures. We will do photos with the bridesmaids, groomsman, and anyone else associated with the wedding party.
6:00 - BRIDE & GROOM PHOTOS
At this point everyone else can leave for the reception. Outside of the actual ceremony, this is one of the most important photography moments.
6:30 - RECEPTION BEGINS!
The reception will already be underway with your guests and wedding party.
6:45 - GRAND ENTRANCE ANNOUNCEMENTS & FIRST DANCE
You don't necessarily have to do the first dance at this point if you want, its up to you.
7:00 - DINNER
7:45 - FATHER/DAUGHTER, MOTHER/SON DANCES
8:00 - CAKE CUTTING
8:15 - SPEECHES & TOASTS
8:30 - DANCING
8:45 - BOUQUET & GARTER TOSS
9:00 - DANCING / GROUP PHOTOS
10:00 - BIG WEDDING EXIT, AND THAT'S IT!
Several of those last things in the reception can be done in any order you want to do them. There are no rules to follow, just as long as you get them all done, if you're doing them. Keep in mind, that many of the guests will leave shortly after dinner, so its always good to get in what you can before hand.