When crafting a wedding timeline, there are a few things to ask yourself to ensure every part of your day is documented by your photographer.

1. Where will you be getting ready?
2. If you’re not getting ready at the ceremony location, how far is the bridal prep
location from the ceremony location?
3. What time is the ceremony?
4. What time is the cocktail hour and reception?
5. Are you planning to see the groom before the ceremony for portraits?

Once you have thought of all these questions, you and your photographer can draft a timeline that will ensure your photographer documents everything perfectly.

Estimating how much time is needed for certain aspects of the day helps the timeline flow smoothly. For instance, here’s one way of what is needed to ensure you have everything documented perfectly.


40 minutes – Bride/Groom Prep (I’m with the bride, and my second shooter is with the groom)
30 minutes – Bridal Party Photos
40 minutes – Bride + Groom Photos
30 minutes – Family Photos (if you have large extended families, it may take longer)
15 minutes – Reception Decor Photos
10 minutes – Ceremony Decor Photos

Depending on your photographer, they may need more or less time.

I hope this helps allow plenty of time for photos as well as a relaxed atmosphere with more time to party!


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