After lots and lots of weddings, we have some timelines that work well for photography, guests and planners. Below are timelines which might help you in planning your wedding day.

NOT seeing one another

The first decision we suggest making is whether or not the bride & groom will see one another prior to her walking down the aisle. There is a tradition for many couples that the very first time the groom and guests see the bride is when she walks escorted down the aisle.

*assumptions for this timeline are a male/female couple with a 5:00 pm ceremony and reception following.

  • 3:00 Everyone should be ready or almost ready by this time
  • 3:15 Guys portraits
  • 3:30 Gal’s portraits
  • 4:00 Bride hides as guests start arriving
  • 4:15 Some more Groom and groomsmen portraits
  • 5:00 Ceremony
  • 5:30 Couple’s portraits
  • 5:40 Family Portraits
  • 6:00 Bridal Party Portraits
  • 6:30 End portraits/ Head into reception
  • 8:15 Spend 15 minutes with photographer for night portraits

NOT Seeing One Another – Same-sex marriage

For this timeline, the couple will need to decide who is walking down the aisle and who will be awaiting their spouse with the officiant. Once decided, follow the same timeline as above.  We feel that the choice here is key to great photography. Our suggestion for couples is to choose the partner who shows the most emotion to await their spouse with the officiant.  The emotions shown here will impact every guest and the photography.

  • 3:00 Everyone should be ready or almost ready by this time
  • 3:15 One Side portraits
  • 3:30 Other Side portraits
  • 4:00 Person who will walk the aisle hides as guests start arriving
  • 4:15 Some more of awaiting partner
  • 5:00 Ceremony
  • 5:30 Couple’s portraits
  • 5:40 Family Portraits
  • 6:00 Wedding Party Portraits
  • 6:30 End portraits/ Head into reception
  • 8:15 Spend 15 minutes with photographer for night portraits

Seeing one another

One of our favorites is when couples choose to see each other prior to the ceremony.  This setup requires couples to be ready about an hour early. The benefit however is that there is no lag time after the ceremony for couples to join their guests.

  • 2:00 Everyone is ready or almost ready by this time
  • 2:15 First look – Couple sees one another for the first time
  • 2:30 Wedding Party Portraits
  • 3:15 Family Portraits
  • 4:00 Whoever is walking down the aisle hides as guests arrive
  • 5:00 Ceremony
  • 5:30 Couple portraits
  • 5:45 Couple joins Cocktail hour
  • 8:15 Time with photographers for night portraits