We’ve photographed hundreds of weddings, and we’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to timelines! It’s no secret, things often run behind schedule (i.e. getting ready takes longer than expected causing the ceremony to start a few minutes late) so it’s always a good idea to add buffer to each section of the day to make sure everything runs smoothly.
We encourage you to consider what’s most important to you on your wedding day. For example, if attending cocktail hour is important to you, maybe consider doing a first look and portraits prior to the ceremony. Or, if you love kicking it on the dance floor, keep group shots at the reception to a minimum. Knowing these things ahead of time will help us craft a timeline that best fits your vision for your wedding day.
Below are some rough time frames for the different parts of the day to give you an idea of how many photography coverage hours you may need to include in your package.
We recommend having your photographer arrive for an hour of getting ready so that they can capture those beautiful details you spent so much time planning, hair/makeup and final touches while getting dressed. If you booked a second photographer, it’s a great opportunity for the photographers to split up and cover both of you getting ready for the big day!