Sample Day-of-Wedding Photography Timeline

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One of the questions I get asked most about is the day-of-wedding photography timeline. How does it go? What does it include? How long is each chunk? I can totally understand how this can be a anxiety inducing idea and concept to a new bride who is planning her big day. So I thought it would be a good idea to provide a couple different day-of wedding day timelines in order to provide a clearer idea to a potential bride of what her day may look like.

Below, I have included two timelines. I have included a 4 hour and 8 hour timeline. The reason being is because those are the two standard package sizes that I offer. There are brides that have 5 or 6 or 10 hour days, but the 4 and 8 hour packages are my popular. One of the timelines includes a first look and the other does not. Every time line will be slightly different depending on the needs and wants of the couple. Just remember that your timeline will always be tailored too you and the timelines below should be used as a guide.


4 Hour Wedding Timeline

6:00 PM – Arrival
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Portraits of Groom/Bride + detail shots (ring, shoes, decorations, etc)
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Getting ready shots of bride & individual portraits
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Ceremony
7:30 PM – 7:50 PM: Family Portraits
7:50 PM – 8:30 PM: Bride + Groom Portraits
8:30 PM – 10: PM: Reception

8 Hour Wedding Timeline

12:45 PM – Arrival at Groom’s location
1:00 – 1:30 PM: Portraits of Groom + Groomsmen
1:30 – 1: 45 PM: Travel to Bride’s Location
1:45 – 2:20 PM: Portraits of Bride + Bridesmaids (includes detail shots such as shoes, bouquet & rings)
2:20 – 2:35 PM: Travel to Ceremony Location
2:35 – 3:00 PM: First look with Bride + Groom
3:00 – 3:30 PM: Bridal Party Portraits
3:30 – 4:00 PM: Family Portraits
4:00 – 4:30 PM: Bridal + Groom Portraits
5:00 – 5:45 PM: Ceremony
5:45 – 6:30 PM: Travel to Reception Location
6:30 – 9:00 PM: Reception
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Ceremony

If you are looking for more sample day timelines,  A Practical Wedding, is always a great resrouce.

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