Wedding Day Photo Timeline & Checklist

PLEASE NOTE THAT NO TWO WEDDING DAYS ARE THE SAME AND WHILE EVERY EFFORT IS MADE TO PHOTOGRAPH THE DETAILS ON THIS CHECKLIST, NO SPECIFIC PHOTOGRAPHS CAN BE GUARANTEED. THIS LIST IS SIMPLY TO GIVE CLIENTS AND IDEA OF THE PHOTOS I STRIVE TO CAPTURE AND AN IDEA OF HOW MUCH TIME IS NEEDED IN THEIR TIMELINE FOR THESE PHOTOS.


BRIDE PREPARATION

  • 30 minutes for details
  • 30 minutes for candids

(Same time as the Groom with the second photographer)

DETAILS TO ASSEMBLE FOR PHOTOGRAPHING:

  • wedding dress on a nice hanger
  • shoes
  • jewelry
  • stationary suite (please ask the florist for extra ribbons & flowers to style this shot)
  • garter
  • wedding rings
  • wedding gifts from the groom
  • note from the groom
  • hand written vows
  • perfume
  • bridesmaid dresses

GROOM PREPARATION

  • 15 minutes for details
  • 30 minutes for candids

(Same time as the Groom with the second photographer)

DETAILS TO ASSEMBLE FOR PHOTOGRAPHING:

  • suit jacket on a nice hanger
  • tie
  • cuff links
  • handkerchief
  • shoes
  • watch
  • wedding gift from the bride
  • note from the bride
  • handwritten vows

BRIDE AND GROOM PORTRAITS

  • 20 minutes for a first look
  • 30 minutes for portraits

PORTRAITS TO CAPTURE:

  • bride by herself
  • bride holding bouquet
  • groom by himself
  • groom’s boutonniere
  • bride and groom together

BRIDAL PARTY

  • 10 minutes for bridesmaids
  • 10 minutes for groomsmen
  • 10 minutes for group photos

PORTRAITS TO CAPTURE:

  • bride with each bridesmaid (if requested)
  • bride with flower girls
  • bride with all bridesmaids
  • flower girls
  • bridesmaid details (jewelry, shoes, flowers)
  • groom with each groomsman (if requested)
  • groom with ring bearers
  • groom with all groomsmen
  • ring bearers
  • boutonniere
  • matching socks/watches/flasks, etc.
  • group photo of the entire wedding party
  • bride and groom with the officiant

CEREMONY DETAILS

  • 30 minutes before ceremony begins

THESE DETAILS CAN BE PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE SAME TIME AS THE RECEPTION DETAILS IF YOUR CEREMONY AND RECEPTION ARE IN THE SAME LOCATION AND IF YOU HAVE OPTED FOR A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER. OTHERWISE, PLEASE PLAN ON A COMBINED ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE CEREMONY TO PHOTOGRAPH THESE DETAILS ALONG WITH THE RECEPTION DETAILS.

  • wedding programs
  • ushers
  • wedding signage
  • ceremony location
  • floral details
  • guests mingling and arriving

RECEPTION AREA DETAILS

  • 30 minutes before ceremony begins

THESE DETAILS CAN BE PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE SAME TIME AS THE RECEPTION DETAILS IF YOUR CEREMONY AND RECEPTION ARE IN THE SAME LOCATION AND IF YOU HAVE OPTED FOR A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER. OTHERWISE, PLEASE PLAN ON A COMBINED ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE CEREMONY TO PHOTOGRAPH THESE DETAILS ALONG WITH THE RECEPTION DETAILS.

  • overview of reception undisturbed
  • tablescapes
  • centerpiece
  • menu
  • plate, charger & cutlery
  • guest favors
  • sweetheart/head table
  • dessert bar
  • cake
  • bar signage

FAMILY FORMAL PORTRAITS

  • 30 minutes (3 minutes per grouping)

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FAMILY PORTRAITS

  • it is recommended to keep family formal portraits to 30 minutes so you can get to cocktail hour
  • if you are having a first look and have taken care of your bridal party portraits you can have more family groupings and extend the time beyond 30 minutes
  • if you have a large group photo it is recommended to set aside 15 minutes

RECEPTION CELEBRATION

  • 2-3 hours of coverage

PHOTOGRAPHING THE FOLLOWING EVENTS

  • 10 minutes grand entrance
  • 5 minutes first dance
  • 10 minutes parent dances
  • 15 minutes speeches/toasts
  • 5 minute cake cutting
  • 5 minute bouquet toss
  • 5 minute garter toss
  • 45 minutes dancing
  • 1 hour dinner

MANY COUPLES FIND 8 HOURS TO BE SUITABLE COVERAGE TO DOCUMENT A FEW GETTING READY SHOTS TO SOME DANCE SHOTS. IF YOU ARE PLANNING A GRAND EXIT AND WANT THAT DOCUMENTED YOU WILL NEED TO ADD ADDITIONAL HOURS OF COVERAGE. MANY COUPLES FIND 7 HOURS OF COVERAGE ADEQUATE FOR SMALLER, INTIMATE WEDDINGS.

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