March 26, 2019

A Sample Wedding Day Timeline with a First Look

FILED IN: Brides

I always encourage my couples to reach out to me as they start creating their wedding day timeline. I love creating a custom timeline for every single one of my couples. The timing of your wedding day schedule is one of the most important things when it comes to getting the wedding photos you are wanting. Every single timeline is unique and different, that is one of the many things I adore about my job!

Here is an outline of an eight hour wedding day with a 4:00 pm ceremony and a 8:00 pm sun set with a first look. Please remember all wedding days are different, and your timeline may differ due to travel times, additional/personal wedding day features, and unique situations.

12:00 PM: Photographers arrive and start Bridal Details

1:00 PM: Getting Ready of Bride begins

1:30 PM: Getting Ready of Groom begins

1:45 PM: First Look and Bride & Groom Photos

2:30 PM: Wedding Party Photos

3:00 PM: Family Formals 

3:30 PM: Guests start arriving, wedding party tucked away

4:00 PM: Ceremony begins

4:30 PM: Ceremony ends 

If needed, schedule time to finish up any photos not captured earlier

4:45 – 5:45 PM: Cocktail Hour

5:50 PM: Grand Entrance / Seating for dinner

6:00 PM: Welcome / Dinner served

6:40 PM: Cake Cut / Dessert served

6:50 PM: Speeches

7:15 PM: First Dance

7:20 PM: Parent Dances

7:30 PM: Dance floor opens

7:45 PM Golden Hour Portraits

8:00 PM: Sun sets and Photographers depart

As always, I hope this timeline provides some insight! Tauri Baum Brides, please let me know if you have any questions! If you’re looking for more information on a first look, check out my 5 Reasons to Consider Doing a First Look and Tips on How to Make a First Look for Memorable.


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