wedding day

sample timelines

These sample timelines are a great starting point when creating your own wedding day timeline. 

Of course, every wedding is different. Having a long ceremony, a longer cocktail hour, or needing to travel between two venues are examples of situations that may cause us to diverge from these examples.

But no worries! We'll work together to create a timeline that fits your day perfectly!

8 hour sample timelines

example: ceremony begins at 6pm

2:00-2:45 Detail photos
(three rings, bouquet, jewelry, invitations, dress)

2:45-3:30 Getting ready photos

        2:45 Bridesmaids put their dresses on

        3:00 Bride puts her dress on

3:30-4:15 FIRST LOOK + portraits

4:15-5:15 Bridesmaid photos, 
Groomsmen photos, Wedding Party photos

5:15-6:00 Bride hides away as guests arrive

        5:15-6:00 Ceremony and reception detail photos

6:00-6:30 Ceremony

6:40-7:10 Family portraits

7:15-7:30 "Just Married" portraits

7:30 Reception begins

7:45-10:00 Reception coverage + exit


with a first look

2:00-2:45 Detail photos (three rings, bouquet, jewelry, invitations, dress)

2:45-4:15 Getting ready photos

        3:45 Bridesmaids put dresses on

        4:00 Bride puts dress on

4:15-4:45 Bridesmaid photos + bridal portraits

4:45-5:15 Groomsmen photos + groom portraits

5:15-6:00 Bride hides away as guests arrive

        5:15-6:00 Ceremony and reception detail photos

6:00-6:30 Ceremony

6:40-7:10 Family portraits

7:00-7:15 Wedding party photos

7:15-7:30 "Just Married" portraits

7:30 Reception begins

7:45-10:00 Reception coverage + exit


without a first look

10 hour sample timelines

example: ceremony begins at 6pm

By adding an more hours of photography, you'll receive extra coverage during the "getting ready" section of your day and extra coverage for a longer reception.

9-10 hours is also suggested for couples having their ceremony and reception at different locations.

1:00-1:45 Detail photos (three rings, bouquet, jewelry, invitations, dress)

1:45-3:30 Getting ready photos

        2:45 Bridesmaids put their dresses on

        3:00 Bride puts her dress on

3:30-4:15 FIRST LOOK + portraits

4:15-5:15 Bridesmaid photos, Groomsmen photos, Wedding Party photos

5:15-6:00 Bride hides away as guests arrive

        5:15-6:00 Ceremony and reception detail photos

6:00-6:30 Ceremony

6:30-7:00 Family portraits

7:00-7:30 "Just Married" portraits

7:30 Reception Begins

7:45-11:00 Reception coverage + exit




with a first look

1:00-1:45 Detail photos (three rings, bouquet, jewelry, invitations, dress)

1:45-4:15 Getting ready photos

        3:30 Bridesmaids put dresses on

       3:45 Bride puts dress on

4:15-4:45 Bridesmaid photos + bridal portraits

4:45-5:15 Groomsmen photos + groom portraits

5:15-6:00 Bride hides away as guests arrive

        5:15-6:00 Ceremony and reception detail photos

6:00-6:30 Ceremony

6:30-7:00 Family portraits

7:00-7:15 Wedding party photos

7:15-7:30 "Just Married" portraits

7:30 Reception Begins

7:45-11:00 Reception coverage + exit




without a first look

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