Having a well designed wedding photography timeline for your day is an important part of planning your wedding. Often, many couples will underestimate how much time each part of the day will require. This can lead to them feeling rushed, stressed, and missing photos they would have loved to have. This is why I work with all my couples to craft an amazing timeline for their wedding day.
Every wedding is different so times can very, so below I walk you through each of the main photography events of the day. I provide suggestions on how much time is needed for ample coverage and to not feel rushed. Some of the times allotments may seem longer than you expect, but I explain each part of the day and talk through why that time is needed.
I recommend setting aside thirty minutes on your wedding photography timeline for getting ready details. When I first arrive I usually will start by taking photos of all your details and wedding day items. This includes your wedding dress, wedding shoes, and flat lays of your rings. It can also include your bouquet, invitations, perfume, and any other meaningful accessories. Having this time allows me to arrange everything beautifully and get those magazine ready shots of all your important items. It also allows extra time in case we need to move the dress outside or to another room to get that perfect hanging dress photo.
Tip: Have all of your details grouped together and ready to go before we arrive. This saves a ton of time by not having to hunt down each individual item.
This is one of my favorite parts of the day. The anticipation is in the air, everyone is full of energy and having fun. During this time I’ll be able to capture the last moments of hair and makeup as well as get some great candids of the bridal party and family having fun. After hair and makeup is finished I’ll photograph last moments of you getting into your dress as well. My second photographer will be with the guys and caputing much of the same.
Tip: Plan to have your hair and makeup finished about 30 minutes after we are planned to arrive. This will allow us time to photograph your wedding details then transition into the last moments of hair and makeup when you’re looking and feeling you best.
Bride & Groom Portraits
As soon as each of you finishes getting ready, it’s the perfect time for some individual portraits. You’re both looking amazing and feeling fresh and energetic so we’ll get those perfect portraits right there in your hotel room or bridal suite.
First Look & Couples Portraits
We’ll use this time to get both of you in position and ready to go so that we can document that perfect reation. Once the firt look is completed we’ll jump into couples portraits. Again, you’ve both just finished getting ready and feel and look your best so this is a great opportunity to get beautiful portrait of the two of you together for the first time on your wedding day.
Tip: Don’t rush the first look. This is one of the few moments during the day you’ll mostly have to yourselves. Enjoy it and be in the moment.
Now it’s time for photos with you and your bridal party. We’ll use this time to work through various different locations and poses, some more formal, some artistic, and some more fun! This is also the best time to get photos with each of your bridal party members individualy as well.
Similar to the bridal party photos, this is a great time to get some beautiful photos with yourselves and your immedate family. We again work through various grouping as well photos with individual family members.
Tip: Provide a bridal party member or family friend who knows everyone a list of your family grouping you would like. They can help us organize the family groupings much more easily and quickly and allows your family an opportunity to relax before the ceremony.
Having a few minutes at your ceremony venue before the bulk of your family and guests arrive allows us to capture beautiful wide angle photos of your venue at it’s best.
How much time you set aside for this portion of the day really depends on the kind of ceremony your having. If you’ll be having a religious ceremony, you can ask your church how long the ceremony wil be if you’re unsure. For non-religious or secular weddings, it will depends largly on the types of activities you plan to include, but most tend to be under 30 minutes.
Now is when we’ll get formal photos of you with your immediate and extended family, as well as your bridal party. We’ll usually do this right at the ceremony site since everyone is already nearby.
Tip: when deciding how many and which groupings of family members you would like, take into account that it takes about 2-3 minutes per group to get everyone arranged, smiling, and looking at the camera. To get an idea of how long formals will take, multiple your number of family groupings by 3.
Once the staff have finished setting up and before guests begin to take their seats, plan to set aside about 30 minutes for myself or my second photographer to capture all beautiful details of your reception venue. You’ve spent so much time currating all the beautiful detials and decorations of your venue and this is our chance to document how amaizng it looks without any staff or guests in the area.
This when we’ll get those super perfect golden hour Pinterest ready couples portraits. Plan to set aside this time about an hour before sunset so that we have that amazing golden light. If there is one part of the day not to skip or skimp on, I’d this is the one.