Sample Timelines for Wedding Photographer

Another very confusing, and sometimes overwhelming, topic that we get asked about a lot is the wedding day timeline for a photographer. We’ve put together a couple of sample timelines based on the bride and groom seeing each other versus not seeing each other before the ceremony. Of course, these are just approximations from weddings that we’ve done in the past. If you have a very large wedding party or a very small wedding party some of the pre-ceremony times would change. All of these numbers are based on having about 5 bridesmaids and groomsmen each. Some of the times may seem like a lot of time, but we’ve left some things a little long to allow time for others to go long. Remember that something will always take a little longer than originally planned. If you have a little extra time planned into your wedding day there will be no need to stress.

Bride and Groom see each other for first time at ceremony
11:00 – 12:30 Hair Salon Photos
12:30 – 1:30 Makeup Photos
1:45 – 2:15 Photographer drives from Hair/Makeup Salon to Groom
2:15 – 2:45 Groom / Groomsmen getting ready
2:45 – 3:15 Photos with Groom / Groomsmen
3:15 – 3:30 Bride / Bridesmaids getting ready (dress zipped up, etc)
3:45 – 4:15 Photos with Bride and Bridesmaids
4:15 – 4:30 Last minute adjustments
4:30 – 5:00 Ceremony
5:00 – 5:30 Receiving Line/Guests Leave Ceremony Area
5:30 – 6:00 Group Photos
6:00 – 6:30 Bride / Groom Photos
6:45 b/g get announced
7:00 – 8:00 Dinner
8:30 Band Starts
8:40 b/g First Dance
8:45-9:00 daddy/daughter, mother/son
9:00 – 9:30 dancing
9:30 cut cake
9:35 – end dancing
10:00 photographer leaves

Bride and Groom see each other before the ceremony
10:00 – 11:00 Hair Salon Photos
11:00 – 12:00 Makeup Photos
12:00 – 12:15 Photographer drives from Salon to Groom (getting ready at ceremony location)
12:15 – 12:45 Groom getting ready shots
12:45 – 1:15 Bride and Bridesmaids getting ready
1:30 First Look
1:30 – 4:00 Photos (Family photos, wedding party, bride and groom)
4:30 – 5:00 Ceremony
5:00 – 6:00 Coctails
6:00 – 7:30 Dinner
7:30 – 7:45 Toasts
7:45 – 8:00 First Dance, daddy/daughter, mother/son
8:00 – end dancing
9:00 – photographer leaves

Here is a helpful Timeline Caluculator you can download and print out