The Ultimate Wedding Day Timeline Tips
As a Seattle wedding photographer, I’ve photographed many weddings and helped each of my amazing couples stay on track with their timeline. Creating a timeline for your wedding day may stress you out, but I am here to help you! Your wedding day may feel chaotic if you don’t have a timeline. So let’s dive into some wedding day timeline tips!
You’ve planned your dream wedding, and all of the details are coming together, but there’s one thing missing…you don’t have a timeline! Your wedding day timeline will be tailored perfectly by me when you hire me as your wedding photographer. I know that each wedding is different, so it’s important to me to help you.
Add in Buffer Time:
One crucial thing to consider when creating your timeline is adding in some buffer time here and there. Some places that I always add extra time to are getting ready, bridal party photos, and family photos. At the beginning of the day, hair and makeup can run late or take more time than expected to get you into your dress. Your bridal party photos can be a fun time with all of your friends, but sometimes they can get rowdy and not listen! Family portraits can take a good amount of time if you’ve got a big family. You’ll feel much better if you’re ahead of schedule rather than falling behind! So an extra 5 minutes here and there is perfect.
Have a First Look:
Whenever I work with couples, I will never push them to do a first look if they wish to save it for the altar, but it always helps the timeline! If you see each other before the ceremony, you can knock most of the photos out of the way. After your ceremony, you can enjoy a cocktail hour with your guests, and you won’t have to cram too many pictures in a short timeframe. Plus, with a first look, the two of you can spend more time together!
Golden hour is always the best time for photos, and trust me when I say you need to take 10-15 minutes to capture amazing sunset photos! The glowy light looks magical, and you won’t be disappointed. Sunset times vary throughout the year, but it’s easy to figure out when we need to capture them.
These are just a few main points you should regard when creating your wedding day timeline. A few other things that you want to consider are travel times between getting ready locations and the venue or if you have a receiving line.
And in case you’re a visual person, here’s an example of an 8 hour wedding day coverage with a first look:
1:00 – Getting ready photos + details
2:30 – First look, couples portraits
3:15 – Bridal party photos
4:00 – Bride in hiding
4:30 – Ceremony
5:00 – Family portraits
6:00 – Reception events begin
9:00 – Coverage ends
Are you searching for a wedding photographer that will help create your wedding day timeline?
I’d love to chat about how I can fit into your special day!
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