How to create the Best Wedding Timeline for Photographer?
Another very confusing, and sometimes overwhelming, topic is the wedding day timeline for a photographer. I always prepare it together with a bride or a wedding planner.
This schedule could change, of course, based on the unique logistics of a particular wedding day, but the real value of this schedule isn’t so much the exact timing as it is the principles behind the timing – giving ourselves time and space to photograph what we need to and when.
I have put together a sample of timeline based on the bride and groom seeing each other before the ceremony. Of course, these are just approximations from weddings that we’ve done in the past. If you have a very large wedding party or a very small wedding party some of the pre-ceremony times would change.
Some of the times may seem like a lot of time, but I have left some things a little long to allow time for others to go long. Remember that something will always take a little longer than originally planned. If you have a little extra time planned into your wedding day there will be no need to stress.
Another thing that is extremely important for us, is location. I always need to know location with the full address, so that I could plan ahead my time to arrive from one location to another.
11:00 – 12:30 Hair Salon Photos
12:30 – 1:30 Makeup Photos
1:45 – 2:15 Photographer drives from Hair/Makeup Salon to Groom
2:15 – 2:45 Groom / Groomsmen getting ready
2:45 – 3:15 Photos with Groom / Groomsmen
3:15 – 3:30 Bride / Bridesmaids getting ready (dress zipped up, etc)
3:45 – 4:15 Photos with Bride and Bridesmaids
4:15 – 4:30 Last minute adjustments
4:30 – 5:00 Ceremony
5:00 – 5:30 Receiving Line/Guests Leave Ceremony Area
5:30 – 6:00 Group Photos
6:00 – 6:30 Bride / Groom Photos
6:45 Bride/Groom get announced
7:00 – 8:00 Dinner
8:30 Band Starts
8:40 Bride/Groom First Dance
8:45-9:00 Daddy/Daughter, Mother/Son
9:00 – 9:30 Dancing
9:30 -9:45 Cake cut
10:00 Photographers leave