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Wedding Day Photography Timeline Examples

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the timeline for your wedding day, you’re not alone. I’ve put together some wedding day photography timeline examples just for you. This way you can see what a typical wedding day looks like and how much time, on average, is needed for each aspect of your day.

8 hour Timeline Example

8 hour timelines are great if you’re wanting to dive right into getting all the good stuff. Maybe you have a more relaxed morning and are just wanting to catch the end of the “getting ready” moments or you’re not too worried about those getting ready moments and want more of the after party.

A typical 8 hour wedding timeline will look like this:

12:00 PM: Arrive at Venue & detail photos (if you want some detail photo tips check out my reel here)
12:30 PM: Bride gets into dress & groom getting ready (this is where it’s nice to have a second photographer on your wedding day to knock out both these at once!)
1:00 PM: First Look(s)
1:30 PM: Bridal Party (Group & Individual Photos)
2:00 PM: Family Formals
2:30 PM: Bride & Groom hide away & relax before ceremony, detail of venue photos & candids of guests arriving
3:00 PM: Ceremony
3:30 PM: Ceremony Ends
3:45 PM: Cocktail Hour & Candids with Guests
5:00 PM: Grand Entrance into Cake Cutting
5:30 PM: Dinner
6:00 PM: Speeches
6:30 PM: First Dances
6:45 PM: Open Dance Floor & Candids
7:45 PM: Sunset Photos *depending on time of year
8:00 PM: Coverage Ends & YOU’RE MARRIED

10 Hour Timeline Example

10 hour timelines are perfect if you want the day from start to finish. You’re wanting all those fun getting ready photos through to the dancing and late night snacks.

A typical 10 hour timeline will look like this:

11:00 AM: Arrive at Venue & getting ready & hang out photos (in robes/outfits)
11:45 AM: detail photos
12:30 PM: Bride gets into dress & groom getting ready (this is where it’s nice to have a second photographer on your wedding day to knock out both these at once!)
1:00 PM: First Look(s)
1:30 PM: Bridal Party (Group & Individual Photos)
2:00 PM: Family Formals
2:30 PM: Bride & Groom hide away & relax before ceremony, detail of venue photos & candids of guests arriving
3:00 PM: Ceremony
3:30 PM: Ceremony Ends
3:45 PM: Cocktail Hour & Candids with Guests
5:00 PM: Grand Entrance into Cake Cutting
5:30 PM: Dinner
6:00 PM: Speeches
6:30 PM: First Dances
6:45 PM: Open Dance Floor & Candids
7:45 PM: Sunset photos *depending on the time of year
8:30 PM: late night snacks on the dance floor
9:00 PM: Coverage ends & YOU’RE MARRIED

Here is a photo example of a wedding timeline below!

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