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How to Plan your Wedding Day Timeline

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Timelines are easy when you have seen a whole ton of them over the years! Let the pros help you create your timeline. This is why I include timeline assistance in all of my packages.

Wedding timelines consist of a couple things - the things that you want to spend time on, and how much time you are designating per item on your itinerary. I have made a list, in order, of all of the things that could take up time on a wedding day. These aren't the most specific that you could think of, this is more of a guide, you'll have to pencil in time to use the restroom on your own! ;)
 

What could you include in your Itinerary?

1. Begin with Bridal Details Photos

2. Getting Ready Candid photos with the Bride

3. Getting ready Candid photos with the Groom

4. Bride getting Dressed

5. First look with Father of the Bride/ Bridesmaids

6. Bridal Portraits

7. Bridesmaid Portraits

8. Groom Portraits

9. Groomsmen Portraits

10. First look with couple

11. Reading Vows personally

12. Couple Portraits

13. Couples time to relax before the ceremony

14. Ceremony

15. Family Portraits/ Cocktail hour begins

16. Full Bridal Party Portraits

17. Bustle and get ready for the Reception

18. Reception Entrance

19. Speeches

20. Dinner

21. Sunset or Night Couple Portraits during reception

22. Games

23. Dancing!

24. Exit

Ideal Time Allocations

Begin with Bridal Details Photos

Getting Ready Candid photos with the Bride

Getting ready Candid photos with the Groom

Bride getting Dressed

First look with Father of the Bride/ Bridesmaids

Bridal Portraits

Bridesmaid Portraits

Groom Portraits

Groomsmen Portraits

First look with couple

Reading Vows personally

Couple Portraits

Couples time to relax before the ceremony

Ceremony

Family Portraits/ Cocktail hour begins

Full Bridal Party Portraits

Bustle and get ready for the Reception

Reception Entrance and First Dance

Speeches

Dinner

Sunset or Night Couple Portraits during reception

Games

Dancing!

Exit

20 Minutes

1-2 Hours

1 Hour

20 Minutes

15 Minutes

10 Minutes

15 Minutes

10 Minutes

15 Minutes

15 Minutes

15 Minutes

25-45 Minutes

15 Minutes

10 Minutes

15 Minutes

15 Minutes

10 Minutes

15 Minutes

5 Minutes

40 Minutes

15 Minutes

30 Minutes

As Needed

As Needed

There are so many things that you can do on a wedding day. It's impossible to list them all! You and your partner are unique, and so should be your wedding day. 

Your best bet is working with your photographer and/ or day of coordinator to create the best timeline for your wedding! Hopefully I'm your photographer;) If that is the case, I'm always here to help!

Grab my free Wedding Timeline Guide below!

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