Sample Wedding Day Timeline Bridal Resources

March 8, 2017

As you are planning your special day we know figuring out the photography timeline can be stressful, but we are providing this helpful resource, so it doesn’t have to be.  This week I wanted to highlight sample timelines of a Wedding Day, both with and without a First Look.  And to also include how much time we usually need for each important portion of your day.  These are general guidelines and can be adjusted for your unique situations because every wedding day is different.  Also, please keep in mind this may not be your exact wedding ceremony or reception start time, we can design a photography timeline with your timetable in mind!

Based on our years as  wedding photographers, we feel confident estimating how much time we’ll need for each aspect of the day and here is a breakdown of that. 

Details and Preparation – 1.5 –2 hours (Depending on specific needs)

First Look (Bride Groom/Father Daughter)- 15 minutes

Ceremony Décor – 10 minutes

Reception Décor Photos– 10 Minutes

Family Formals – 20-30 minutes (Depending on amount needed)

Bridal Party Formals– 20-30 minutes

Bride Groom Formals -20-30 minutes (The more the better!)

With the approximate time needed for each portion of the wedding day here is a sample timeline without a first look:

1:45pm                  Vinluan Photography is on sight and ready to begin

2:00pm                  Detail Photos (ie.  Dress, shoes, jewelry, invitation, etc.)

2:30pm                  Staged Hair and Makeup Photos

2:35pm                  Bridal Slumber Party Photos

2:50pm                  Bride and Bridesmaids gets dressed

3:00pm                  Bride staged getting dressed photos

3:15pm                  Bride with bridesmaid in preparation room photos

3:25 pm                 First Look with Dad followed by immediate family portraits

3:40pm                  Bride with Flower Girls and any other important shots requested

3:55pm                  Bridal party lines up for Ceremony

4:00pm                  Ceremony

4:30pm                  Ceremony Ends/ Guests head to cocktail hour

4:30pm                  Formal Family Photos Begin

4:50pm                  Formal Bridal Party Photos

5:10pm                  Formal Bride Groom Portraits

5:35pm                  Photos of Reception & Cocktail Hour

5:45pm                  Reception Grand Entrance

5:50pm                  First Dance

6:00pm                  Welcome Toast/Prayer

6:10pm                  Dinner

7:00pm                  Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Dances

7:10pm                  Open Dancing

7:45pm                  Toasts followed by Cake Cutting

8:20pm                  Bouquet/garter toss

8:30pm                  Open Dancing

10pm                       The Exit

 

Here is a Sample Timeline with a Bride Groom First Look Included:

1:45pm                  Vinluan Photography is on sight and ready to begin

2:00pm                  Detail Photos (ie.  Dress, shoes, jewelry, invitation, etc.)

2:30pm                  Staged Hair and Makeup Photos

2:35pm                  Bridal Slumber Party Photos

2:50pm                  Bride and Bridesmaids gets dressed

3:00pm                  Bride staged getting dressed photos

3:15pm                  Bride with bridesmaid in preparation room photos

3:25 pm                 First Look with Dad followed by immediate family portraits with Brides family

3:40pm                  Bride with Flower Girls and any other important shots requested

3:45pm                  Groom Departs for the First Look

3:55pm                  Bride Departs for the First Look

4:00pm                  First Look

4:20pm                  Formal Bridal Party Photos

4:45pm                  Formal Bridal Groom Portraits

5:15pm                  Bride & Groom are tucked away before Ceremony

5:25pm                  Bridal party lines up for Ceremony

5:30pm                  Ceremony

6:00pm                  Ceremony Ends/ Guests head to cocktail hour

6:00pm                  Formal Family Photos Begin

6:30pm                  Sunset Bride Groom Portraits (optional)

6:45pm                  Photograph Reception Décor & Cocktail Hour

7:00pm                  Reception Grand Entrance

7:10pm                  First Dance

7:20pm                  Welcome Toast/Prayer

7:30pm                  Dinner

8:15pm                  Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Dances

8:30pm                  Open Dancing

9:15pm                  Toasts followed by Cake Cutting

9:45pm                  Bouquet/garter toss

9:55pm                  Open Dancing

10:30pm               The Exit

You many notice the Groom’s timeline isn’t included this is because Jake generally follows the same getting ready timeline with the guys.

We hope this offers insight on how to plan your wedding day around the photography, but if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We will be reaching out before your wedding to go over your specific timeline needs.  We can’t wait!

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