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Wedding Day Timelines

August 30, 2023

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Let’s be honest, one of the most stressful parts the wedding day planning, besides picking out your venue and date, is the Wedding Day Timeline for your day. Wedding Timelines are such a tricky thing to think of if you have never planned a wedding before. You will have so many people in your ear about all the different things you should do on your special day. Well here is some friendly advice from a photographer’s point of view on how we like the wedding day to go.

The biggest question everyone always ask when it comes down to wedding day timelines is how many hours of coverage do I really need? To be honest, it all depends on you. A standard wedding day timeline for most brides and grooms is going to be 8 hours of coverage. When you give us 8 hours of coverage, you are going to all of the major parts of your day covered. Now it is not to say you cannot do it in 6 hours, but it is definitely not as fun.

When you are given 6 hours of coverage, you are very limited to what you will have covered for your day. If you are wanting those gorgeous getting ready photos when you first put on your beautiful gown for the first time on your wedding day. Or watching your dad tear up as you show him your dress for the first time. Or even watching your stud of a groom break down in tears when you do your first look together, then you are not going to want to go with 6 hours of coverage. Most couples that choose 6 hours of coverage do not do the getting ready session. That usually takes up about 1.5 hours to capture, sometimes a little longer. But this is normally the number one thing to go when a couple chooses 6 hours of coverage for their wedding day timeline.

Another fun option that some couples will choose it 10 hours of coverage for their wedding day timeline. When we are giving 10 hours to cover your day, a lot of the time, that is going to include venues or getting ready areas with multiple locations. If you are getting ready, doing portraits, and everything at the same venue, then 8 hours of coverage is just for you. However, traveling to the gorgeous mountains for those dreamy sunset shots are some of my favorite things to do! So do not let the fear of everything has to be done at the venue scare you, because we can absolutely venture elsewhere to take portraits for you.

Now that you know a little bit of how each time block works, let’s show you a little 8 hour wedding timeline for the day.

Capturing The Bridal Details 1:15pm – 2:00pm

Bridal Prep 2:00pm – 2:45pm

First Look with Bride and Groom 3:00pm

Bridal Portraits 3:15pm – 3:45pm

Bridal Party Portraits 3:45pm – 4:15pm

Bride in Hiding 4:30pm – 5:00pm

Capturing Reception Details 4:30pm – 5:00pm

Wedding Ceremony 5:00pm – 5:30pm

Family Portraits 5:40pm – 6:00pm

Just Married Sunset Portraits 6:00pm – 6:30pm

Reception Begins 6:45pm

Grand Exit 9:15pm

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