(Closed) Wedding Photography Timeline

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


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atoney86:  Are you having a first look?  How big is your family?  What other kind of photos are you hoping to get?

We did a first look which saved a ton of time.  We also took the family photos and bridal party shots before the ceremony.  We took some couples shots after the ceremony and during the cocktail hour.  The reception photos were mostly of guests except for some night time shots……


Post # 3
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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atoney86:  I have 8 hrs as well. Mine is going to leave the reception an hour early…I don’t need to pay her to capture photos of drunk ppl, my guests will capture that!! Unless you are doing a cute send off you may want to have her end earlier.

Here’s my timeline

2pm- bridal party getting ready photos

3:30pm- first look & more bridal party shots

5:30-ceremony and family photos directly following

6pm- cocktail hour

7pm- 10pm- receptions photos

receptions ends at 11pm


talk to your photographer they should be able to give you reccomendations 

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Post # 5
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Mine is from 1pm-10pm.  We have formal pictures between 2:30-6, with a 6:30 cetemony time.  I don’t know why she’s coming at 1, I told her I do not want “getting ready” pictures but she keeps insisting on it.  So I kinda feel like I have the opposite problem as you.  11 is kind of late assuming your dinner starts at 7, and formal dances right after, why don’t you have the whole thing moved up an hour for a 2-10 timeline?  Though I don’t know your order of events or timeline for the evening so maybe that wouldn’t help.

Post # 6
494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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atoney86:  We are having my photographer there all day. Here is my timeline:

  • 12:30 Getting ready process, Bride Hair & makeup
  • <br />2:00 First Look/Bridal Party Pictures
  • <br />4:30 Family photos
  • <br />5:30-6:15 Ceremony
  • <br />7:00 Reception/Dinner/Dance
  • <br />11:00 Send off

Do you know your order or events yet? That would help a ton! I also have a big family and even though we are having just immediate family taking the family photos, I agreed to add in some other family members since we will be having a TON of family from overseas that we never get to see. That is also why we decided to just have our photographer there all day.

Edit: I HATE the WB….all of these stupid html source coding showing up….

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Post # 7
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Generally 8 hours is plenty of time, but without seeing your timeline it’d be hard to say. If everything is in 1 or 2 locations without a ton of travel you ought to be fine.

Post # 8
3080 posts
Sugar bee

7 hours. They’re leaving after the cake is cut. After that it’s just 2 hours of drinking and dancing, so not really worth her staying around and photographing.

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