Does this wedding day timeline sound okay? Need some help.

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I just spoke with my photographer about timing today, so maybe I can be of some help! Just for a frame of reference, we have a bridal party consisting of a maid of honor, best man, two flower girls, and two ring bearers. Ours is pretty small.

We are not doing a first look, but we are doing as many pictures as we can beforehand, the ones without FI and I together. My photographer said with our size of bridal party, half an hour would be enough time for the girls, and then half an hour for the boys.

Then we’re doing pictures afterward, between ceremony and reception. The family pictures, bridal party, and then pictures of DH and I. We are not going offsite for the pictures (ceremony and reception are in the same place), and our photographer told us to allott an hour for these pictures to take place.

If you need to travel, you will need to account for that, as well as bustling your dress and touching up hair and make-up before the ceremony if you want to do that. With all that in mind, here is our timeline. I hope it helps you!

2:00 Girls (bride, maid of honor, flower girls) pictures

2:30 Guys (groom, best man, ring bearers) pictures

3:00 Break/prayer time

4:00 Ceremony

4:30 Family pictures

5:00-ish: Bridal party and couple pictures

5:30 Break for bustling my dress/touching up hair and make-up

5:45 Dinner

And to answer your questions:

1. If your first look pictures are just of you and your husband, half an hour should be plenty of time, unless you want A LOT of pics.

2. If you’re doing pictures at the same park where your ceremony and reception will be, and you’re doing a first look, I would think an hour would be plenty of time for pictures, unless you really want a lot of pictures or you have a photographer who likes to take a lot of different pictures.

3. You can really do your reception events in any order you want. I think doing speeches after dinner is quite common, as many do toasts with champagne during them. I think it would be a good flow to do the dinner, then speeches, then cake cutting. Here’s the order we’re doing for comparison: Dinner, toasts/speeches, first dance, cake cutting, slideshow, exit.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@sheeply:  My photographer budgeted an hour for our first look, but for that he took into account that we needed to travel (from two locations) to meet at our first look spot, and in the event of traffic. So I guess double check with your photographer if they feel that is enough time. I’m sure we were done in half an hour (we also exchanged gifts at our first look), but each photographer has their way of doing things.

My wedding planner actually scheduled my day, and she way over compensated time everywhere and I spent a lot of time chilling and waiting lol 

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