This is a basic wedding timeline for a 9-10 hour package with one photographer.
This timeline can only work if everything is happening at the same venue. Add additional time for traveling if any part is at different locations. It is set up for summer and if you are having a winter wedding please keep in mind that the sun will set earlier so everything will need to happen a bit earlier.
Planning a wedding is part of the fun of getting married but can be confusing. Although it is helpful to have a timeline getting completely stressed when things go wrong can ruin your whole day. So even though I really would love you to stick to the schedule I also want you to enjoy the day.
Best time for photo
The best time to take couple photos is 2 hours before sunset. Planning around this will ensure the best light for photos The winter this will be around 15:30 and in the summer it can be as late as 18:00
Groom details and Getting Ready
Yes, so this seems a bit early but you are welcome to get back into your casual clothes as soon as I leave.
When I arrive I would like you to be showered and dressed in you pants. Please have all the little details ready. The details include – shoes, socks, cologne, cuff-links, tie, belt and anything you might have bought for the occasion. Other photos I will take are the groom doing his tie, putting on his shoes etc.
I will take some individual photos as well as some group photos of the guys having some guy time.
Decor and Venue
Please ask your venue or decor specialist as well as your florist to have at least two tables completely ready as well as the bridal table. I will also ask them to put on some of the decorate lighting and they are welcome to switch them of or to blow out the candles again as soon as I am done.
Bride details and getting Ready
By this time your hair should be done and you should be getting the final touches of the make-up done. Please have both the rings with the bride as I love getting creative with them. Your special things should also be set aside so I can quickly get a shot of the perfume, shoes, dress, etc. I will also get some casual shots of the bridesmaids specially if you had special shirts made.
It is important that all the bridesmaids should be ready at 13:30. They need to be fully dressed when they start helping you get ready
Bride and bridesmaids portraits
Please make sure that the make-up and hair is not running late. These are normally the photos that turn out rushed or skipped when they are.
I try to take individual photos as well as some beautiful photos of the girls together.
Your dress maker may get you in and out of your dress fast because they have trained finger. Leave enough time so you bridesmaids can button up or threat your dress correctly
Add at least 30 minutes to the time the make-up artist took for your trial. It always takes longer on the wedding day because people interrupt you and there are a million things happening at once
If your wedding has different venues for example the ceremony, getting ready and reception.
Use google to plan travel time.
Head to ceremony
I will get the groom standing in front in the church as well as some last-minute decor. I will get the bride getting out of the car but please wait for me to get in-front before you start walking in.
The ceremony is the most amazing part and I try to get emotion. Some of the key moments are – father greeting the groom, exchange of rings and the first kiss. I will try not to use flash as far as possible but with very dark chapels it might not be possible. Please make sure that you are allowed to have photographs taken during the ceremony. Some officials do not allow this. Also please let me know if there are any special rules.
You can also ask your guests not to take photos during the ceremony. Many times, all you see in the ceremony photos are cell phone faces instead of emotional guests.
These photos are very important as well this might be the last time in a long time that you are together as a family. Please appoint a family member to be in charge and make sure everyone is there. This will make things run a little more smoothly.
The family photos will happen immediately after the ceremony. I will make sure that you are aware of the place so after the confetti the family can be ready. Please inform your family before the time. Sometimes it happens that we need to search for family members, and this takes so much precious time. Please send me a list of the family members and any special people you want to have photos taken with. . Remember I don’t know your family so I won’t be able to tell if everyone is there.
Bridal Party Photos
By this time, I already have the shots of the bridesmaids and groomsmen so these are just a few of them together with the bride and groom.
Couple Photo session
This will go the same as the engagement shoot. This is also the only time during the wedding that you won’t have a lot of people around you so relax and enjoy.
Bridal couple enters the reception
It has become a trend to start by cutting the cake or having the first dance. This seem to work well, and you are welcome to consider it. You can then flow right into the Speeches and Toasts.
If you want table photos it is a good idea to take them before each table dish up food. As soon as the table photos are done, we can all take some time to enjoy dinner as well.
First Dance / Garter / Bouquet / Cutting off the cake
If you didn’t do the First dance or the cutting of the cake when you entered now is the time. Everyone has enjoyed their meal and ready to carry on with the last few things. Please make sure that I am also ready before you go ahead.
If you wanted a night shoot you will need to slip away. I need a little time to set up but once we have everything ready it won’t keep you away from your guests for to long.
Last minute Photos
If there are any last-minute photos you want taken with some of your guest this is the time to do so. Don’t worry I will ask you about this before I leave.
Photographer service ends