Crafting the Perfect Wedding Day Timeline
Some of the biggest questions that I get during consultations are: “how many hours do we need?”, “how long does family portraits take?” or “how long does the wedding party portraits take?”
Here are some of my tips:
- All portraits–family photos, bride & groom photos, & the bridal party photos–take roughly 2.5 hours
- It is best to do the family portraits before the ceremony if at all possible. Why? Because after the ceremony everyone can get quite excited to see distant relatives and start chatting and forget where they need to be after the ceremony!
- Plan for a 45-60 minute break prior to the ceremony. You will want the time to take a break, freshen up, pray, and spend time soaking it all in with your family & bridal party. The ceremony is the most important part of the day! You will want to be ready for it.This is also a great time for Johnny and I to capture some detail shots, guests arriving, and to prepare for the ceremony.
- Saving some Bride & Groom and/or Bridal Party portraits for after the ceremony will add a lot more energy and excitement to your portraits. Why? Because you are officially MARRIED!! Exciting! This is my favorite part of the day.
Given those tips, here is a sample timeline:
12:00 Johnny & Joanna Arrive
1:00 Dress on, Finish Touches
1:30 First Look/Bride & Groom Portraits
2:00 Family Portraits
2:30 Bridal Party Portraits
4:00 Ceremony Begins
4:30 Ceremony Ends
4:45 Bride & Groom Portraits
6:00 Grand Entrance to Reception
You will notice that this timeline includes a first look. What is it and why would you do it? A first look is the opportunity for you to see your fiancé before the ceremony in a more intimate setting. There are many reasons for and against it! We personally LOVE them.
Thanks for reading! Do you have any tips and tricks for planning out your wedding timeline? Feel free to share them below in the comments!