Need help structuring your wedding day-of timeline?

Here you will find 2 suggested timelines. These show the general time allocations required to effectively capture everything I usually do on a wedding day. These are not required time frames and I'm happy to adjust based on what makes sense and is important to you. Following the timelines is a break down of the suggested timeframes showing the things I usually capture. Depending on planned coverage and wedding size, you can use these suggestions to develop a timeline designed to fit your plans.

6.5 Hour Timeline

2:00 - Brides details/candid HMU 

2:45 - Groom details/getting dressed

3:15 - Bride gets dressed 

3:45 - First Look

4:15 - Wedding Party Photos 

4:30 - Family Photos 

5:00 - Ceremony

5:30 - Cocktail Hour 

6:15 - Entrance to Reception 

6:30 - First Dance, Parent Dances, Toasts 

7:00 - Dinner 

8:00 - Sunset Portraits (depends on sunset timing) 

8:30 - Cake Cutting/end of coverage 

8 Hour Timeline

1:00 - Bride’s details/Candid HMU

1:45 - Groom details/getting dressed

2:15 - Bride gets dressed

2:45 - First Look 

3:15 - Wedding Party Photos 

3:30 - Family Photos

4:00 - Ceremony

4:30 - Cocktail Hour

5:30 - Entrance to Reception 

5:45 - First Dance, Toasts 

6:00 - Dinner 

7:00 - Parent Dances/Dance floor opens 

7:30 - Sunset Portraits (depends on sunset timing)

8:00 - Cake Cutting

8:30 - Bouquet/Garter Toss

9:00 - End of coverage

Timeline Breakdown

30-60 minutes

bride’s dress



accessories - (jewelry, perfume, keepsakes) 


ladies’ dresses

Bride hair and makeup touch up

Ladies except bride to get dressed while I photograph groomsmen 

30-45 minutes

Groom’s accessories (tie, boutineer, keepsakes, watch, socks, cufflinks)


Guys helping him with jacket, accessories 


20-30 minutes

Ladies helps bride get dressed + accessorize 


Bridal Portraits 

30-45 minutes 

First Look 

B+G Portraits 

15-20 minutes

Family Portraits - I will use a list provided by you to make sure we don’t miss anyone 

15-20 minutes

Entire wedding party portraits

Bridesmaids and individuals

Groomsmen and individuals

30 minutes





30 minutes - Sunset Portraits, bride and groom only

All ceremony and reception details are captured as they become available/set up. Sometimes it will occur in between portraits, during cocktail hour, any moments of down time that come up during the day. This will include any personalized items present at the event, such as centerpieces, wedding favors, guestbook, wedding cake, etc. During the reception I work with the DJ or emcee to ensure all the reception events (first dance, toasts, etc) are captured effectively.