Sample Wedding Day Photography Timeline

Use this general, sample timeline as a guide to fit your unique plans. Click here to see the sunset time at your venue on your wedding date. 

Sample Wedding Day Timeline WITH a First Look

1:00 PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINS Final preparations & wedding details

2:00 BRIDE GETS DRESSED Bride’s portraits and group shots with bridesmaids

2:30 GROOM FINAL PREPARATIONS Groom’s details, portraits and group shots with groomsmen

3:00 FIRST LOOK Bride and Groom Portraits

3:30 WEDDING PARTY PORTRAITS

4:00 CEREMONY SITE & RECEPTION SITE DETAILS Bride and Groom tuck away from arriving guests

5:00 CEREMONY

5:30 FAMILY PORTRAITS / COCKTAIL HOUR BEGINS

6:00 COCKTAIL HOUR Portraits of Bride & Groom with friends and other guests

6:30 CALL TO DINNER

6:40 GRAND ENTRANCE & FIRST DANCE

6:45 DINNER IS SERVED

7:30 GOLDEN HOUR BRIDE & GROOM PHOTOS

8:00 TOASTS, CAKE CUTTING

8:15 FIRST DANCE & PARENT DANCES

8:30 OPEN DANCING

8:45 BOUQUET & GARTER TOSS

9:00 PHOTOGRAPHY COVERAGE CONCLUDES

 

Sample Wedding Day Timeline WITHOUT a First Look

2:00 PHOTOGRAPHY COVERAGE BEGINS 

3:00 BRIDE GETS DRESSED 

3:30 GROOM FINAL PREPARATIONS 

4:00 CEREMONY SITE & RECEPTION SITE DETAILS 

5:00 CEREMONY 

5:30 FAMILY & WEDDING PARTY PORTRAITS WHILE GUESTS ENJOY COCKTAIL HOUR

6:30 CALL TO DINNER

6:40 GRAND ENTRANCE & FIRST DANCE 

6:45 DINNER IS SERVED 

7:30 GOLDEN HOUR BRIDE & GROOM PHOTOS 

8:00 TOASTS, CAKE CUTTING

8:15 FIRST DANCE & PARENT DANCES

8:30 OPEN DANCING 

8:45 BOUQUET & GARTER TOSS 

9:00 PHOTOGRAPHY COVERAGE ENDS

 

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