Tips for your wedding day timeline

from Minnesota based wedding photographer

Here is a helpful guide on  preparing for your wedding day!

Wedding day timeline tips

When you are planning your timeline, here are some tips I found helpful:

  • Buffer time: Make sure you have 10-15 minutes room between every important moment, so if anything goes out of plan, you are not worried about finding some extra time. 
  • Photographer timing: If you are not sure about the length of time you need a photographer, start backwards from the last important moment you want your photographer to capture.
  • If you are planning a first look at the ceremony I would suggest hiring two photographers. This would help you take both sides of the family photos before the ceremony, and then you would only take collective family photos after the ceremony.
  • Family photos can take a while if we are not organized. That’s why I recommend creating a schedule, First mom and dad of Bride, then…..
  • Let me know your photographer the time frame of events so they can help you stay on track
  • Customize your timeline:
    • How long should I plan for?
      • First look with Groom: 10 minutes 
      • Wedding party photos: XX minutes 
      • Cocktail hour: XX minutes 
      • Hair and makeup for Bride: XX minutes 
      • Greeting guests: XX minutes 
      • Travel time: XX minutes 
Wedding Day Timeline 10 hours example: 
8:00amLadies start hair & makeup 
10:00amGentlemen start arriving to get ready for the day 
10:30amPhtographer arrives and takes detail shots 
11:00am Getting ready photos of the Bride and bridesmaids 
12:00pmGetting ready photos of the Groom and groomsmen 
12:35pmBride portraits 
1:00pmFirst look portraits 
1:40pmWedding party photos 
2:25pmFamily formal photos 
3:00pmHide from guests 
4:00pm Ceremony 
4:45pmCocktail Hour
5:50 pmGuests take their seat
6:10pmGrand March, welcome speech
6:40pmSpeeches/Toasts/First Dances/ Cake cutting
7:00pmSunset Photos 
8:30pm Photographer leaves 

And here is some more timing with different moments I capture:

Bride and groom details   40-70 min

Groom getting ready  20-30 min

Bride getting ready 40-50 min

Getting to the first look 10 min

First look portraits 30-40 min

Wedding party photos (depending on how big is the party)45 min

Formal family portraits (depending on how big is the group)30-60 min

Ceremony 30-90 min

Reception Details 30-50 min

Sunset photos 20-30 min

All these timing depends on many factors – how many people are participating, how many details you are having. So please, contact me if you need any help with more detailed timeline!

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