Sample Wedding Photography Timelines

Both of the timelines below are geared towards a wedding in which the ceremony and reception are to take place at the same venue without a break in between, with a ceremony start time of 5:00pm.  This is just a guide to consider in developing your wedding timeline.

No First Look

2:00 PHOTOGRAPHER(S) ARRIVE AT PREP LOCATION(S)

PHOTOGRAPH DETAILS FIRST

2:15 BRIDE GETTING READY PHOTOS (NICOLE)

MAKE UP AND HAIR TOUCHUPS

BRIDESMAIDS & MOM SHOULD BE DRESSED BEFORE BRIDE PUTS DRESS ON

DAD’S FIRST LOOK (IF APPLICABLE)

2:15 GROOM GETTING READY PHOTOS (2ND SHOOTER)

GROOMSMEN SHOULD BE READY FIRST

PHOTOGRAPH FINISHING TOUCHES FOR GROOM (TIE, CUFF LINKS, SHOES)

4:30 CEREMONY AND RECEPTION DETAIL SHOTS AS BRIDAL PARTY GETS READY

5:00 CEREMONY (30 MINUTES)

5:30 FAMILY PHOTOS FOLLOWED BY BRIDAL PARTY PORTRAITS (DURING COCKTAIL HOUR)

6:30 RECEPTION

With a First Look

12:45 PHOTOGRAPHER(S) ARRIVE AT PREP LOCATION(S)

PHOTOGRAPH DETAILS FIRST

1:15 BRIDE GETTING READY PHOTOS (NICOLE)

MAKE UP AND HAIR TOUCHUPS

BRIDESMAIDS SHOULD BE DRESSED BEFORE BRIDE PUTS DRESS ON

FATHER’S FIRST LOOK (IF APPLICABLE)

1:15 GROOM GETTING READY PHOTOS (2ND SHOOTER)

GROOMSMEN SHOULD BE READY FIRST

PHOTOGRAPH FINISHING TOUCHES FOR GROOM (TIE, CUFF LINKS, SHOES)

2:45 BRIDE AND GROOM FIRST LOOK

3:00 BRIDAL PARTY PHOTOS/BRIDE AND GROOM PORTRAITS

4:30 CEREMONY AND RECEPTION DETAIL SHOTS AS BRIDAL PARTY GETS READY

5:00 CEREMONY (30 MINUTES)

FAMILY PORTRAITS IMMEDIATELY AFTER

5:30 COCKTAIL HOUR

6:30 RECEPTION

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