Congratulations, you have endured countless hours planning out every detail and moment of your day. Aside from hiring a photographer, there are numerous steps you can take to guarantee incredible photos. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when creating your wedding timeline that ensures you get the photos you will cherish for a lifetime!
CREATE A TIMELINE THAT ALLOWS TIME FOR PHOTOS
It is crucial that you create a timeline for your wedding day; this will help you and all your vendors make your wedding everything you were hoping for. There should be an estimated start and end time for hair, makeup, reception setup, etc. Within that timeline, you should include all your photo sessions such as the first look, bridal party photos, and bridal photos - and be sure to allow buffers if possible! If you're not sure how much photo time you’ll need for each section of the day, take a look at the sample timeline below.
12:00 pm - Arrive!
12:20 pm - getting ready photos
12:45 pm - groomsmen photos
1:05 pm - bridesmaid photos
1:30 pm - bride’s family photos
1:50 pm - groom’s family photos
2:45 pm - ceremony
3:15 pm - receiving line
3:50 pm - party bus (list of stops)
5:35 pm - arrive at Reception
5:45 pm - grand entrance
5:55 pm - cake cutting
6:00 pm - dinner & speeches
7:00 pm - first dances
8:00 pm - bouquet toss/garter toss
ALLOW TIME IN YOU SCHEDULE FOR BRIDAL PHOTOS DURING THE BEST LIGHTING
Regardless of whether you booked your wedding at a rustic, fairytale barn or in a high-end hotel on a hillside, it’s essential to schedule time for to capture bridal photos 30-45 minutes before sunset. The romantic hues during the "Golden Hour" makes it the best time of day to capture magical photos as the new Mr. and Mrs. Figuring out the Golden Hour for your wedding date is easy, and is definitely something to consider before creating your Wedding Day timeline.
FINALIZE YOUR WEDDING TIMELINE AND FAMILY SHOT LIST WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Once you have gone over your timeline and have created a family shot list, email it to your photographer and any other vendors that may need it! This allows your creative team to know be on the same page and know where they need to be and when. Give your vendors at least a week to have time to review everything and ask any questions they might have. This will make you feel more relaxed and will set your wedding day up to be stress-free!
Hello! I'm Morgan.
Wisconsin-based photographer. Located in Appleton, WI. I have the privilege of working for a local non-profit, Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs while also managing Morgan E Photography.