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Planning a Stress-Free Wedding Day Timeline

November 13, 2020

Tips for putting together a wedding day timeline

Congrats, you’re engaged! Your wedding vendors are all booked, guest list is finalized, and the big day is quickly approaching. It’s time to narrow down a timeline for the big day but you have no idea where to start. Don’t worry!

People often think that one of the most daunting parts of planning your big day is creating a timeline, but it doesn’t have to be! The key to having a stress free and enjoyable experience is timing out each event so the day goes off without a hitch.

A few things to note: don’t forget to factor in travel time between getting ready locations as well as travel to and from venues if your ceremony and reception will be held in different areas. Also, make sure you plan your day around how much photo coverage you have! If you are working with a shorter photography package, you may need to decide if you prefer to have more time spent photographing you getting ready or the reception. Adjust your wedding day timeline accordingly! Lastly, I always check to see when the sun will set after your ceremony and build the wedding day timeline around this time so we can steal you away for some golden hour portraits!

Sample Timeline without a first look:

2:00 photographer arrives

2:05 details and getting ready photos

2:45 bride puts on wedding dress

3:00 bridesmaid photos

3:20 groomsmen photos

3:40 full wedding party photos

4:00 ceremony detail shots before guests arrive

4:30 ceremony

5:00 family photos and cocktail hour

5:30 sunset portraits

6:00 reception begins

6:15 dinner

7:00 dancing

10:00 grand exit

Sample Timeline with a first look:

2:00 photographer arrives

2:05 details and getting ready photos

2:45 bride puts on wedding dress

3:00 bridesmaid photos

3:30 getting ready photos of groom

3:45 groomsmen photos

4:00 bride and groom first look

4:25 ceremony detail shots before guests arrive

4:40 ceremony begins

5:00 family photos and cocktail hour

6:00 full wedding party photos

6:45 sunset portraits

7:00 reception begins

7:30 dinner and dancing

10:00 grand exit

bride and groom smiling at each other on their wedding day

Have questions? Contact me!

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