Last week I talked about the benefits of a first look and how it can be both a great moment and a stress reliever when it comes you your timeline for the day. Coming up with a timeline for your wedding day can be a little confusing. You want things to run smooth and make everything fit in; especially with photography.
Pat and I usually recommend 8 hours of coverage to get a glimpse of the entire day from getting ready to the groomsmen doing the worm on the dance floor later on. Now, this doesn’t mean that we have to be there as soon as everyone starts to get ready; which for the girls is always really early! We also don’t have to be there until the last guest leaves. A good hour to an hour and a half of dancing shots is perfect. After that, things get somewhat repetitive.
To make things easier on our clients, we give them a worksheet to fill out which is due to us 30 days before the wedding to have all of the details laid out for us. This way we know exactly where we need to be and when. It includes addresses, phone numbers, names of people in the wedding party and the days schedule.
Here’s our recommendation for a solid timeline. It might change up a bit depending on if you’re having your ceremony and reception at different locations and travel times. That’s when we might need to be there for an additional hour or so. It also depends on the time of year and the amount of daylight we have to work with.
2:00 – Coverage begins at each location of the bride and groom getting ready. I go with the girls and Pat goes with the guys. This is also where we get detail shots such as the dress, veil, shoes, invitations etc.
3:30 – First Look and posed pictures of the bride and groom.
3:50 – Wedding party photos and family formals if there is time before guests arrive.
5:00 – Ceremony
5:30 – Cocktail hour begins. Family formals if needed.
5:50 – We will steal the bride and groom for sunset photos for 10 – 15 minutes.
6:45 – Grand entrance
7:15 – Dinner – This is also the time Pat and I setup our same day slideshow.
8:15 – Dancing
9:30 – Cake Cutting soon followed by the bouquet toss.
10:00 – Pat and I pack up, give you hugs and best wishes while you continue to do the Cha Cha Slide…at which time I may have to join you.
I hope this is helpful! Each wedding is a little different but at least this gives you a good look on how much time is needed with us snapping away!
Here’s one small piece of our timeline sheet: