Your timeline is going to be one of the most important parts of your wedding day. In fact, it’s so important that we’ll say it again: your timeline is going to be one of the most important parts of your day!! Having a well-planned timeline (however loose or strict you make it) allows you enough time to enjoy your day without feeling stressed or pressured.
You want to make sure you have time to eat breakfast (don’t skip this!) and sip on your coffee or mimosas while spending quality time with the wedding party and family. Give yourself more time than you think! It’s not uncommon for someone to get caught in traffic or for hair to take longer than you thought – or for something (anything!) unexpected to happen. The more time you have, the less you’ll have to worry. We’ve seen brides and grooms that are stressed out (for so many different reasons) and it’s NOT pretty. We want you to have a calm, perfect morning so that you have time to soak it all in and enjoy your day.
Time to Photograph
Bride/Groom Preparation: 30-90 min
First Look: 30 min
Group Portraits: 30-60 min
Bride & Groom Portraits: 30 min
Sunset Portraits: 15 min
Keep in mind
Make sure you check sunset times for your wedding day as it will affect the timeline examples given above.
Portraits should ideally be scheduled outdoors at optimum lighting time(s) whenever possible. Harsh and direct sunlight is not the most flattering light. Anytime after 2pm (as long as there is some shaded areas/trees to work with on the property) is the best time to plan your portrait hour. The most beautiful light occurs just 60-90 minutes before sunset. The blue hour (right after sunset) is also gorgeous!
Hair & Makeup:
Hair and makeup artists will often give you an estimated completion time. Add 20-30 minutes to this time as a buffer, just in case you want something changed or re-done or if the schedule is running behind. Hair & makeup should ideally be complete 30 minutes after the time we arrive at the bridal prep location.
Travel Time Between Locations:
Always add another 10-15 minute buffer to any kind of travel between locations in the event of traffic, accidents, or delays.