Wedding day timeline & Planning guide
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Here is some info on how we plan your wedding day timeline and get the most out of your photographer and photos on your special day. It includes guidelines on how much time we need to photograph each part of the day perfectly, timing tips when planning things such as hair and make up. Each wedding is different, So this guide is here to serve as as a starting point, with the idea that we work together to tailor a timeline that best suits your needs and requirements for day.
Happy wedding planning!
PHOTOGRAPHY TIME GUIDE
Below is a guideline of the approximate time we will need for each part of the day.
We will work with you to help create a schedule to ensure we're able to document everything perfectly.
GROOM PREP - 45 mins - 60mins
BRIDE PREP - 60mins - plus if we can.
CEREMONY + CONGRATULATIONS POST CEREMONY - 30 - 40 MINS
FAMILY PHOTOS - 30 MINS
WEDDING PARTY PHOTOS - 30 MINS
Groom + Bride PORTRAIT PHOTOS - 30 mins - 1 HOUR - this depends on what locations and travel.
WEDDING PLANNING TIMELINE TIPS
WHEN SHOULD MY HAIR AND MAKE UP BE FINISHED?
Wedding hair and makeup should be finished no later than a 1.5 hours before you have to leave for the ceremony. This will allow us time to photograph you putting on your dress, doing last minute touch ups, bridal and bridal party portraits, and any other group shots you would like with family.
WHEN SHOULD I GET INTO MY WEDDING DRESS?
A little over 1 hour before you want to leave for the ceremony. This always takes longer than you think!
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME FOR A WEDDING CEREMONY IN SUMMER?
For weddings between September to April, we recommend scheduling your ceremony after 3:30/4pm. It is best to avoid the hours between 10am and 2pm as the light is harsh and shadows are strong.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME FOR A WEDDING CEREMONY IN WINTER?
For weddings between May to August, the sun disappears early, so we recommend starting your ceremony no later than approximately 2.5 - 3 hours before sunset.
HOW LONG DO FAMILY PHOTOS TAKE?
A standard family photo list takes about 30 minutes. If you have a larger family you will need to allow more time. This takes much longer than you think so make sure you allocate family member from each side who can rally the troops!
HOW MUCH TIME DO WE NEED FOR WEDDING PORTRAITS?
The best time for any photos is about 1 hour before sunset. You would be surprised just how much light affects the final result of images. Late afternoon light is the best, it means softer shadows and even skin tones.
Ideally we would have 1 hour for bride and groom portraits, plus about 30 minutes for bridal party photos. This is a comfortable amount, however, it can be halved if we are absolutely squeezed for time and there isn't much travel involved.