The Timeline Series Part One
Wedding Timeline Overview
One of the most important pieces for an amazing wedding day is a well planned timeline. The timeline will really make or break how many photos you get and can impact your stress levels in a big way. Because we want all of our brides to have the most amazing wedding day ever, we are starting up a wedding timeline series to give you all the information to have the best day ever. Our brides who follow this timeline are always surprised at how easy the day feels and how many photos we are able to deliver!
In this first post, we are going to provide a general timeline, and each week, we will go into more detail into each aspect. To keep things simple, we are going to go with a 3:00pm ceremony time, but this can easily be adjusted to your specific wedding day. However, if you have not set your ceremony time yet, we encourage you to read THIS POST first. The best time for a ceremony is generally 90 minutes before sunset.
10:30pm Bride Starts hair and makeup, with an estimated finish time around 12:30pm.
12:00pm Photographers arrive at getting ready location, it is best for hair and makeup to be about 30 minutes from being completed.
12:40pm Bridesmaids get into their dresses
1:00pm Bride puts on dress
1:00pm Groom gets dressed
1:30pm First Look
1:45pm Wedding Party
2:00pm Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
2:30pm Ceremony and Reception Details
3:30pm Family Portraits
4:00pm Bride and Groom Portraits
4:30pm Grand Entrance
4:45pm First Dance
4:50pm Welcome Speech
5:00pm Dinner Service
5:30pm Speeches in-between dinner service
6:05pm Parent Dances
6:30pm Special Events
6:45pm Cake Cutting
7:00pm Open Dancing
7:50pm Controlled Exit
8:00pm Photographers Depart
There you have it, our foolproof timeline to have the most amazing wedding day ever! This timeline is geared towards a first look, because we truly believe that a first look is hugely beneficial. However, if you are choosing to not have a first look, we’re more than happy to provide you with a wedding day timeline geared towards your day. We provide all our brides with a customized timeline, so they get the best images possible!
Our biggest piece of advice is to work with your photographer and coordinator when creating your timeline. As wedding professionals we know exactly how to help you cultivate the exact day you are envisioning.
Check back next week for part two, talking all about wedding morning timelines!
Theresa Bridget is a wedding and anniversary photographer serving Colorado, Southern California, and beyond. We provide a luxurious full service experience while creating joyful and timeless images that celebrate the joy of marriage.