The secret to a worry-less wedding day is scheduling. Working on a timeline will help you make the most of your time and stress less about details. Every timeline is different. Every wedding has different logistics but here are the basic guidelines to help you work on a timeline and picture how your wedding day is going to be like. Surprisingly, the photographer and wedding coordinator have the most control over how your day will run. Before I go on, do note that a wedding timeline is only a guideline, nothing is set in stone.
Most weddings tend to last for 5-6 hours, even a destination wedding by the beach. The basic schedule often looks like this one:
4.00 pm – Ceremony
4.30 – 5.30 pm – Cocktail
5.30 – 7.00 pm – Dinner
7.00 – 10.00 pm – Wedding party
What about the details before the wedding ceremony: make up, first looks, individual and family portraits? Scheduling all starts from the moment you choose your wedding time. To keep your timeline simple, note down anything that would be considered a special moment. This will also help your photographer capture your wish list. Your special moment can be your first dance, the toasts, the sunset photos or the first look.
Wedding photography timeline
Your wedding vendors will always work on a timeline to help make your wedding successful. A photographer will spend 45 to 60 mins to shoot the ‘get-ready’ details such as jewelry, shoes, dress, make up. In some cases, he will then rush into first look photos, a time where the couple meets before the ceremony. He will normally capture the first reaction and allow them 15 minutes to hang out and talk to each other. He will then grab this opportunity to capture individual and couples’ portraits. After the first look, the photographer can choose to spend 45 to 60 minutes on family portraits. Doing them before the ceremony helps in various ways – there are no distractions, the family can enjoy the cocktail hour and welcome the wedding guests. A few minutes before the ceremony, the photographer will then capture details such as the setting up of the venue. He will be there throughout the whole ceremony to capture the key emotions during your vows and rings exchange. Once the ceremony is over, the fun part starts. The couple is excited, the light is beautiful, the wedding photos are romantic and reflect joy.