The original post appeared on January 26, 2011 (before I deleted my blog and it was popular). I updated it to reflect changes to how I currently cover weddings. Thank you to Melissa Jill for permission to borrow from her post!
Over the past two five years, I’ve photographed countless weddings. While I’m no expert wedding planner, I thought it might be helpful to share, from a photographer’s point of view, an ideal wedding day timeline.
With this general timeline, I’ve experienced a smooth wedding day and the bride and groom have the opportunity to enjoy their day, stress-free when their timeline is similar.
As a side note: Melissa suggests first and foremost, to hire a wedding planner. She provides an excellent top ten list as to why you should. I know from my own experience, planning a wedding can quickly become a huge burden on your time.
Every wedding is unique and every day will be special to the couple it represents. This timeline is a starting point to designing your day for smooth sailing. As Melissa states, your wedding ceremony time, sunset time, location/weather, transportation time, the amount of time required from your photographer for portraits, the type of reception you want and other cultural elements will all affect the schedule for your day.
This original model has been designed around a sunset time of 6pm. It assumes the bride and groom have decided to see each other before the ceremony for portraits, which I highly recommend. You may read Melissa’s thoughts about first look’s as well. Continue reading…