Timelines

I’m so excited to help make your wedding day smooth, organized and more streamlined than ever before.

In my experience photographing weddings, I’ve learned a few important lessons: First, no two weddings are the same, but there are a lot of similarities. Second, on a wedding day, shooting the right things at the right time with enough time can make or break your experience and the quality and consistency of the images as a whole. Thirdly, travel time is always overlooked - Google Maps makes it easy to accurately determine how long it will take to travel from one location to another.

No matter what gets thrown my way when meeting with a couple, whether they’re doing a first look or not, traveling to one, two, three or even four locations, having a non-religious wedding, a Catholic Mass or an Orthodox Jewish sunset ceremony. As long as there’s enough time allotted for all of the events of the day, then getting all of the pictures you dream of will be a possibility.

Below are two popular wedding day timelines. Both include 8 hours of coverage with the ceremony and reception taking place in one location. One includes a First Look and the other does not. When a wedding takes place in one location, 8 hours of coverage is enough time to cover from getting ready to at least halfway through the reception. When the ceremony and reception are in two different locations, then it is highly recommended to get 10 hours of coverage if you want the full day covered. However, like I said earlier, no two wedding are the same - depending on the ceremony time and the distance from the reception, even 10 hours might not be enough. In this circumstance, you need to talk with me (or your wedding photographer) to discuss the plan of the day, your expectations and the photos that you want in order to figure out a custom timeline for your wedding.

If any of this sounds overwhelming, do not stress out! That’s what I’m here for! The earlier we can start figuring out your timeline, the easier it will be. Take a look at my two examples to give you a quick overview of how a “typical” wedding unfolds.

One Location + First Look

One Location + No First Look


Golden Hour

The most magical time to take photos outdoors is during the “golden hour”, which is the one hour leading up to sunset. If you would like to take pictures during this time, please look up the time the sun will set on your wedding day. This can easily be done by going to the following website and choosing the location and date of your wedding - https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/

I hope this has shined a little light on the dreaded wedding day timeline. Planning early is key with your photographer and/or wedding planner. This is your day, so the flow and the pictures that you want is ultimately up to you, but it’s important to plan for everything and set aside time, plus some buffer, in order to cover everything that you want. Weddings rarely run perfectly on schedule, however when a plan is in place, this helps tremendously for the day to run smooth and efficient.

If you have any questions, please let me know! I wish you the best and remember, wine helps when writing up your timeline!

- John