The PERFECT Wedding Timeline
The article on how to develop a perfect wedding timeline is at the bottom of this page. Right below is a whole wedding we flew out for in California which displays how perfect photography coverage can be with help of a perfect timeline.
Love how perfect the coverage was of Giovanna and Mike's California wedding? A huge part of the job is a perfect wedding timeline
I have seen absolutely chaotic weddings, awkward weddings, to absolutely fun weddings amazing weddings due to the wedding day timeline.
Below is a very detailed timeline for a traditional wedding (no first look) that starts at 5 pm. This is designed to work off of the correct energy for a good time, ensure appropriate amounts of time to get ready, and bring the highest potential out of your wedding photographs (8-12 hours of coverage). Go through it, save it, and use it as a template for your wedding and it’s desired start time. Pay attention to the tips on why certain things are done this way.
Wedding Day Timeline
11:00 am - 12:00 pm : Bride and bridesmaids pre-preparations before photographer arrives (showers, pre-makeup, hair, etc.)
12:00 pm - Photographer Arrives
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm : Brides Details out and ready for photographs (jewelry, dress, etc.)
12:15 pm - 2:30 pm : Hair & Makeup, Bridesmaids getting in dresses
Tip: Encourage your girls to get ready in the same room as you, drink some mimosa's and play some tunes! Preparations should always be a fun time! I regret being so stone cold nervous during my wedding preparations LOL. Oh yeah... get ready in a room with ALOT pretty window light! Great for photos.
2:30 pm - Bridesmaids should be fully ready by this time 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm : Bride puts on dress
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm : Bride Portraits
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm : Bride and Bridesmaids Portraits
3:45 pm - 3:55 pm : Bride and Immediate Family Portraits
Tip: Doing Immediate Family Portraits during this time ensures quality
3:55 pm - 4:10 pm : Groom Portraits
4:10 pm - 4:20 pm : Groom and Groomsmen Portraits
4:20 pm - 4:30 pm : Groom and Immediate Family Portraits
4:30 pm - 4:50 pm : Relax
Tip: This buffer time comes in handy especially if things are running late! 5:00 pm - 5:20 pm : Ceremony
5:25 pm - 5:35 pm : Family Group Portraits
Tip: No more than 4 to 5 groups so your schedule flows. Running late to a
reception can kill the enemy and charisma for our guests. 5:35 pm - 5:45 pm : Whole Wedding Party Portraits
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm : Bride & Groom Session (During Cocktail Hour) Tip: An hour Bride and Groom session gives you full artistic potential of
your portraits with variety in poses.
7:00 pm - 7:05 pm : Wedding Party announced at Reception
7:05 pm - 7:15 pm : First Dance
Tip: family is so excited at this point! Feed off of their excitement with a
7:15 pm - 7:45 pm : Dinnertime
7:45 pm - 8:00 pm : Toasts
Tip: try to keep it within 2-4 people
8:00 pm - 8:15 pm : Father-daughter dance followed by Mother-son dance 8:15 pm : Guests invited on the dance floor
Tip: Creative ways to get people up and dancing is by requesting for your dj/mc to have everyone stand and gather around the dance floor during the dances. Your dj can afterwards call everyone in the middle for a group shot and get them to PARTYYYYY!!!!!
8:45 pm - 9:00 pm - Cake cutting, garter and bouquet toss
Tip: great time to pause the dancing for a moment to these events. Since their energy is up from dancing they will most likely keep the high excitement for these events!
9:00 pm - 9:55 pm - PARTY AND SOCIALIZE!!! Have fun it goes by quickly ;).
10:00 pm - Sparkler Set Off
Tip: sparklers always look good for pictures.
What did you think?!
Though this is a template of a timeline, everyone's wedding is still different. I would be more than happy to customize a timeline for your exact wedding needs.