The Perfect Wedding Photography Timeline

Updated: Sep 15

Wedding Photography Timeline Template #1 (for couples having a "first look")


Wedding Photographer Arrives

11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Getting Ready Photos ( Dress, details, getting ready, solo-photos, reception )

2:15 p.m– First Look and Couple Portraits

  • ( If there is enough time at sunset, we can skip couple portraits )

3 p.m. – Wedding Party and Family Portraits

3:30 p.m. - Ceremony

4:00 p.m. – Cocktail Hour

4:15pm- Family and Couple portraits

5:30 p.m. - Wedding Reception

  • Couple's grand entrance

  • First dance

  • Guest table photos

  • Guest on the dance floor

  • Parent dances

  • Toasts and speeches

  • Bouquet/garter toss

  • Cake cutting

  • Last dance

  • Send-off

****These are just examples; we always recommend having the couple portraits section set at sunset for best results.

Wedding Photography Timeline Template #2 (for couples not having a “first look”):

(Note, if you’re having a second shooter present at your wedding, wedding party portraits may be taken at the same time at separate locations.)

12 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. – Getting Ready Photos ( Dress, details, getting ready, solo-photos, reception )

3:00pm – Separate Wedding Party and Family Photos

  • Bride/groom with his/her side of wedding party

  • Bride/groom with parents

  • Bride/groom with each parent individually

  • Bride/groom solo

  • Partner with his/her side of wedding party

  • Partner with parents

  • Partner with each parent individually

  • Partner solo

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. – Ceremony

5:10 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. – Couple Portraits and Group Portraits

  • Couple

  • Couple with wedding party

  • Couple with one side of wedding party

  • Couple with other side of wedding party

  • Couple with bride/groom’s parents

  • Couple with bride/groom’s parents and siblings

  • Couple with bride/groom’s parents, siblings and grandparents

  • Couple with both sets of parents

  • Couple with partner’s parents

  • Couple with partner’s parents and siblings

  • Couple with partner’s parents, siblings, and grandparents

6:30 p.m. – Wedding Reception

  • Couple's grand entrance

  • First dance

  • Guest table photos

  • Guest on the dance floor

  • Parent dances

  • Toasts and speeches

  • Bouquet/garter toss

  • Cake cutting

  • Last dance

  • Send-off




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