Wedding Experience: Wedding Timeline

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life! Two things will last after it’s over – the love you share, and your beautiful photos. Keep in mind that weddings rarely run on schedule (and that’s ok!), so it’s best to book more hours than you think you’ll need. Below is a sample 8 hour timeline, indicating the time frames I’ll need to effectively capture all the gorgeous details and special moments of your wedding.


Sample Wedding Timeline – 8 Hours

45 min – groom prep & details (shoes, tie, cuff links, etc.)

45 min – bride prep & details (dress, rings, shoes, invitations, etc.)

30 min – bride & groom first look or individual portraits of bride & groom

30 min – wedding party portraits

30 min – family portraits

30 min – ceremony

40 min – travel or buffer time — so important to build this in!

30 min – bride & groom portraits (cocktail hour begins)

30 min – reception details (bride & groom enjoy cocktail hour or break)

20 min – intros, first dances, toasts

30 min – dinner

30 min – bride & groom sunset or night portraits

90 min – dance floor/reception including cake cutting, grand exit, etc.

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