Timeline Talk

Timeline Talk

We made this post to help make your day flow smoothly. An ideal day is chill & relaxed, and since you're throwing a party with a lot of people, in order for it to flow nicely, there's needs to be a little structure.

Don't worry, just because we care about timeline does not mean we'll be rushing to you do the next thing, it'll actually be the opposite. Having a good timeline will ensure you have enough time to do everything that's important to you without being rushed, your guests will have a great time, and we'll be documenting it all naturally.

Since your wedding day is a collaboration from dozens of vendors, family members & friends, things may not go exactly according to plan.  Your mom's dress rips, or your makeup artists is taking a littler longer than expected to make you look wonderful, or your florist is stuck in traffic. We've seen all of this, and at almost every wedding something will happen not according to plan. Well, if you plan ahead and prep for a nice timeline, then hopefully no matter what happens, the day will still flow smoothly & you'll still be relaxed & just enjoying the moment.

When you look at your wedding gallery, we don't want you to just see beautiful photos, we want you to remember how you felt. Below we wrote up some timeline options that we've been using for over a 150 weddings, the couple's we've documented that stuck to this timeline were happy & had fun & they received wonderful photos. The few that have decided they didn't need a timeline, unfortunately were rushed, stressed, and not happy with how everything turned out. So let's plan ahead to make your day awesome

An ideal timeline would look something like the ones below (these are based on a 4pm ceremony all at one location, each wedding is completely different, so depending on locations & preferences this will change around a little bit).

 

Timeline Example 1: with first look.

Planning for a first look allows for a more relaxing & fun day. You'll also get more photos together & with family/bridal party this way (+ you'll get to join your guests for a little bit at cocktail hour!). We recommend a first look for every wedding. Almost all of our couples decide to do one, and no-one ever regrets it! But if you'd like to keep it traditional, no worries, it'll all work out fine either way. :)

11:00am- Start getting ready (confirm with hair+make-up artists for how long they'll need to have you ready 3 hours before ceremony.

1:00pm- Photo coverage begins

1:15pm- Finished getting ready + final details (dress on, jewelry, opening cards/gifts, etc.)

1:45pm- Individual Portraits of couple. (before you see each other)

2:00pm- Bridal Party Portraits (each side individually, before first look)

2:30pm- First Look

3:00pm - Bridal Party group photos + Immediate Family Photos

3:30pm - Couple + Bridal Party relax / freshen up

4:00pm - Ceremony Invite

4:15pm - Ceremony Start

4:45pm - Cocktail hour - Few photos of couple around venue, then join cocktail hour!

5:45pm- Reception Starts (all photos for the rest of the night are candids, besides 5 minutes at sunset).

6:00pm- Toasts, then dinner served. (photographers will break while couple is eating).

6:45pm- Sunset Portraits (varies with sunset time)

7:00pm- First Dance, Formal Dances 

7:30pm- Cake Cut, Bouquet/Garter Toss, Other formal events, Open Dancing

9:00pm- Photographers depart.

 

Timeline Example 2: without first look.

11:30am- Start getting ready (confirm with hair+make-up artists for how long they'll need to have you ready  2 hours before ceremony.

1:00pm- Photo coverage begins

1:45pm- Finished getting ready + final details (dress on, jewelry, opening cards/gifts, etc.)

2:15pm- Individual Portraits of couple. (not together)

2:30pm- Bridal Party Portraits (each side individually, before first look)

3:30pm - Couple + Bridal Party relax / freshen up

4:00pm - Ceremony Invite

4:15pm - Ceremony Start

4:45pm - Cocktail Hour - Immediate Family Photos - Photos of Couple

5:45pm- Reception Starts (all photos for the rest of the night are candids, besides 5 minutes at sunset).

6:00pm- Toasts, then dinner served. (photographers will break while couple is eating).

6:45pm- Sunset Portraits (varies with sunset time)

7:00pm- First Dance, Formal Dances

7:30pm- Cake Cut, Bouquet/Garter Toss, Other formal events, Open Dancing

9:00pm- Photographers depart.

 

We hope this info was helpful! Please let us know if you have any questions.