Wedding Photography Timeline

May 31, 2017  •  1 Comment


As you're nearing your wedding day, one really important thing to remember is to stay calm and relaxed. I know, it can be a bit hard to do when you're about to get married. Nevertheless, having a timeline of your day is helpful for your photographer and videographer. Not to mention, you will be more relaxed knowing how the day will go. Of course, there will be variations and sometimes even unexpected things, but it's YOUR day, and you have to enjoy it to the absolute fullest! 


Here is a general timeline for photos. Each and every wedding is unique, so you tailor it to your preferences, but here are the things to think about. If your wedding is not held all in one location, make time for travel. From a photographer's point of view, estimated times are listed for photos, and not how long something will actually take.  


Happy wedding planning!



30 min-1 hour

Bridal gown | Veil | Shoes

Rings | Jewelry 

Flowers | Perfume

Invitation & program

Bridesmaids' dresses

Flower girl dresses

Menswear | His Details



30 minutes - 1 hour 

Bride and bridesmaids getting ready

Groom and groomsmen getting ready


Wedding Party Portraits

30 minutes - 1 hour

Some shots may be done after Ceremony 

Just bride

Bride with all bridesmaids

Bride with each bridesmaid

Just bridesmaids

Just Groom

Groom with groomsmen

Groom with each groomsman

Just groomsmen

Bride with groomsmen 

Groom with bridesmaids

All bridesmaids and groomsmen

Full Wedding Party - formal & informal


First Looks (Optional)

15 minutes

First look with dad

First look bride + groom OR holding hands without looking



~30 minutes

Ceremony events

Ceremony decor


Family Portraits

30 - 45  minutes 

Some family portraits may be done before Ceremony

With just parents

With just siblings

With parents + siblings

With extended family

With friends

With pastor/officiant


Bridal Party Portraits

30 - 45 minutes 

Full wedding party 

Bride + Groom 



About 10-15 minutes for each 

Bridal party entrance

Bride + Groom First Dance

Father-Daughter Dance

Mother-Son Dance

Guests Dancing 

Informal shots of guests

Dinner Food

Reception Decor 

Speeches + Toasts

Cake Cutting

Bride + Groom portraits at sunset *Our Favorite

Garter & Bouquet Toss (Optional)

Bride + Groom Send Off (Optional)


(c)Yevgeniy Podgayskiy





Omar Abdullah(non-registered)
Having a well-planned timeline for your wedding photography is invaluable, and this post offers excellent guidance. It emphasizes the importance of staying calm and enjoying your special day. The suggested breakdown of time for different photo sessions is practical, considering both the bride and groom preparations, group portraits, first looks, ceremony, family portraits, reception events, and even capturing beautiful sunset portraits. Remember, customization is key, but this outline provides a solid foundation. Happy planning and may your wedding day be filled with joy and cherished memories!
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