Things You Need To Know About Wedding Timelines
Let’s face it: planning a wedding can be stressful. This is why it’s important that you hire the right professionals to help ensure your Big Day goes perfectly. It might seem more practical to DIY your entire wedding timeline, but getting advice from seasoned wedding professionals on how to plan your wedding can definitely help you avoid any snags along the way.
What Is The Right Wedding Timeline For Me?
That being said, here are some tips to help you figure out how to properly plan a wedding timeline!
- The number of bridesmaids and groomsmen, if any
- If you plan to do a First Look or not
- The number of people on both sides of the family, and how many photos with those people
- The time and length of the actual ceremony (Morning, afternoon, or evening? A 30 minute or hour-long ceremony?)
- Key locations (ex. Where you’ll get ready, the ceremony, the reception)
- The parking situation at your wedding venue/s
- If you’ll be doing a send-off
These points are crucial factors for the wedding photographer, so they can formulate an efficient wedding day timeline.
A wedding planner is in charge of knowing what happens during the wedding day, and the photographer is responsible for keeping track of the time constraints for the important parts of the actual day. Close coordination between the wedding planner and photographer is so, so important for your Big Day!
Here’s what the responsibilities of the wedding photographer look like:
- The photographer gathers information from the couple in order to create an unofficial draft of the wedding timeline.
- The couple or the photographer sends the initial draft to the wedding planner.
- The planner gives input on the timeline and sends it back to the photographer.
- The photographer studies the feedback and gives comments on timing adjustments to the wedding planner. Usually, wedding planners are flexible when it comes to timing.
It’s important to avoid “hogging” the couple on their wedding day, so they have room to meet and socialize with their guests.
Worth nothing: Other vendors that also have a say on wedding timelines are the catering service and the DJ. The caterers are responsible for planning out the multiple-course wedding meals, which ultimately determines the flow of the reception. The DJ and planner can help the caterers with this aspect of planning, especially when it comes to crucial milestones like the wedding speech, or the first dance.
- Getting ready: 2-3 hours
- First Look – 30 minutes
- Bridal Party – 30 minutes
- For non religious Ceremony – 30 minutes
- For religious ceremony – up to 1hr
- Allot some cushion time before the ceremony itself! This is when the photographer can take detailed pictures of the bride and groom at the wedding venue
- Formal Family Portraits – Up to 30 minutes, depending on how big the family is.
- Sunset Portraits – 30 minutes
- Wedding Reception – Allow at least 4 hours to photograph the couple’s reception, to capture all the milestones (the entrance, the first dance, parent dances, speeches, dinner, cake cutting, dancing, etc).
Have any more questions? Don’t hesitate to message us. We’d love to work with you on your wedding day!