Your Wedding Day | timelines

Updated: 2 days ago


Welcome to the first of many posts about all things weddings! This first post is dedicated solely to the timeline. The flow of the day and knowing the flow of the day is so important.


Something about me, that you may or may not know, is I'm a planner, 100%. I used to teach 4th grade, so planning out every minute of every day comes natural to my brain. All of this is to say, you're in good hands when it comes to timeline planning. I have no fear creating and managing a wedding day timeline. I've got you!


Part of what I create for you very early on, either with your wedding planner, if you have one, or without if you choose to not have one, is a draft of your wedding day timeline. I've heard so many times from couples how helpful it was to have your timeline draft shortly after your contract was created because it helps you know when everything else needs to take place (eg. hair and makeup finished, flowers arrive, dinner service, times for your DJ, etc.) When a planner or photographer creates a timeline with you, it ensures you get as many of the images that you're dreaming about as possible and everyone is one the same page.




So, let's dive into a timeline sample for an 8 hour day with two photographers with no first look, meaning the couple needs to stay hidden until it's time to walk down the isle!


12:30 Photographers arrive, detail shots (rings, dress, shoes, ect.)

It's super helpful if all the details are ready to go in one box!


1:00 Getting Ready (buttoning dress, putting on cuff links, etc.)


1:30 Partner A's group portraits


2:00 Partner B's group portraits


2:15 Couples relax time


3:00 Ceremony


3:45 Family Formals


4:15 Full Wedding Party Portraits


4:30 Couple Portraits


5:00 Announced into Reception

-dances

-dinner

-cake

-candids

-party


7:00 Sunset Pictures


8:30 We hug and say goodbye!




Now, let's change it up a bit for those who DO want a first look with 8 hours and two photographers before the ceremony because it can change the schedule just a little bit!


12:30 Photographers arrive, detail shots (rings, dress, shoes, etc.)


1:00 Getting Ready (buttoning dress, putting on cuff links, etc.)


1:30 First Look


1:45 Full Wedding Party Portraits


2:15 Couples relax time


3:00 Ceremony


3:45 Family Formals


4:30 Couple Portraits


5:00 Announced into Reception

-dances

-dinner

-cake

-candids

-party


7:00 Sunset Pictures


8:30 We hug and say goodbye!




How does a first look change your timeline? If you choose to do a first look, you're able to get all your full wedding party images done before the ceremony which leaves more time for your couple portraits right after the ceremony.


Timelines are, of course, just a guide. It's helpful to everyone to have a guide for the day and to adjust as needed, just not too much ;)



The biggest take away from all of this - I'm here to help you feel prepared for your day running smoothly and the timeline is NOT something you should stress about - I've got you!



Have questions about timelines? Send me a message!