sample wedding day timelines

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We know perfecting your wedding day timeline can be quite a task! When you book with us our photographers/videographers will jump on a call with you and help you finalize your timeline. We will provide and go over our shot list with you to ensure your day runs smoothly. Additionally, if your timeline changes after booking it's not a problem because you can extend coverage or add on services at anytime (even on your wedding day!) Because we understand plans sometimes change. Below you will find some example timelines that will hopefully give you a good springboard for determining which package will fit your needs best.

 wedding timeline tips:

  • As you're planning your timeline, don't forget to fit in at least 30 minutes where you and your fiancé are alone with the photographer and/or videographer.  This is best when planned within 2 hours of sunset and located outdoors.  The lighting will be perfect, and it's likely these will be your favorite wedding day photos and videos!

  • We love family photos and want to make sure to get all the combinations that are important to you!  In order to do this efficiently and effectively, we advise that you write out a list of the family shots that you would like captured. Here is an example:

    • Bride, Groom, Mother-of-Bride, Father-of-Bride, Sally

    • Bride, Mother-of-Bride

    • Bride, Father-of-Groom

    • Bride, Groom, Mother of Groom, Father-of-Groom, Rhonda, Joe

    • Groom, Father-of-Groom

    • Groom, Mother-of-Groom

    • Bride, Groom, Deanne, Jack

  • As you write out your timeline, don't forget about transitions...if it takes 20 minutes to get to the reception hall from the church, plan at least 30 minutes for that transition.

  • If you want to do a first look, plan to do this at least an hour before the ceremony starts so that you aren't rushed.

If you have any questions or concerns about your timeline, don't hesitate to reach out to your photographer, videographer or Becca.  We are happy to assist and want to help you plan your perfect day!


4:00 Photographer & Videographer arrive 

         - Detail & Venue shots

4:30 Ceremony

5:15 Family photos, bridal party, bride/groom 

6:00 Reception / Dinner

6:30 Speeches

7:00 First dances

7:15 Cake cutting

7:30 Bouquet/garter toss

7:45 Open dance 

8:00 Photographer & Videographer leave

4 hours

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6 hours

2:00 Photographer & Videographer arrive
         - Detail & Venue shots 

2:15 Getting ready bride w/ mom (finishing touches)

3:00 Getting ready mock groom

3:20 First look with groom

3:50 First Look w/ dad

4:30 Ceremony

5:00 Family Photos

5:20 Bridal Party

5:40 Bride & Groom portraits

6:20 Fake sendoff before reception (with bridal party & close family)

6:30 Reception

-1st Dances (Bride & Groom) (Bride & Dad) (Groom & Mom)

6:45 Dinner, speeches, cake cutting, bouquet toss

7:30 Open Dancing

8:00 Photographer & Videographer leave

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8 hours

1:00 Photographer & Videographer arrive

         - Detail & Venue shots

1:30 Guys getting ready

2:00 Girls getting ready

3:15 First look with Dad

4:00 Ceremony

4:30 Social hour for guests

4:30 Family Photos & Bridal Party 

5:30 Bride & Groom portraits

6:00 Grand Entrance into Reception 

6:05 First Dance (Bride & Groom)

6:15 Dinner & Speeches

7:15 Cake cutting, bouquet toss & garter toss

7:45 First Dances (Bride & Dad, Groom & Mom) 

8:10 Open Dance

9:15 Sparkler Send-off

9:30 Photographer & Videographer leave


8 hours

Typical Catholic Wedding Setup

11:30 Getting Ready (finishing touches only)

12:45 First Look & bridal party

2:00 Ceremony

3:00 Family Photos

3:30 Transition to reception venue

4:30 Reception

8:00 Photographer & videographer leave


10 hours

12:00 Photographer & Videographer arrive

          - Detail & Venue shots

12:30 Getting ready bride w/ mom

2:00 Getting ready groom

3:00 First look with groom

4:00 Bridal Party

4:30 Transition to ceremony

5:30 Ceremony

6:00 Family Photos

6:30 Reception

-1st Dances (Bride & Groom) (Bride & Dad) (Groom & Mom)

6:45 Dinner

7:15 Speeches

7:45 Cake cutting

8:00 Bouquet toss & garter toss

8:15 Shoe game

8:45 Open Dancing

10:15 Sparkler send-off

10:30 Photographer & Videographer leave

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