To help you out with your wedding day, we wanted to give you a standard wedding day timeline as well as explain a little bit more in depth.
10:00-1:30pm- Hair and Makeup (this will always change depending on how many makeup/hair artists you have working, how many bridesmaids you have, how long everyone’s hair is, and how early your ceremony starts)
11-12pm Important detail shots (rings, invites, flowers, etc details, sentimental items, flat lays)
12pm – 12:30pm : Groom + Groomsmen get dressed
12:30pm – 1:15pm : Groom + Groomsmen pictures
1:30pm – 1:45pm : Robe/pre-getting dressed pictures
1:45pm – 2:15pm : Bride + Bridesmaids get dressed
2:15pm – 2:30pm : ‘Getting Ready’ pictures
2:30pm – 3:15pm : Bride + Bridesmaid pictures
3:15pm : First Guest Arrival –> all bridal party back to rooms so no one accidentally sees the bride before it’s time!
3:15pm – 3:45pm : Tidy up getting ready rooms/touch up hair and makeup as needed/enjoy your time together pre-ceremony!
4pm : Ceremony Start Time (While your goal will be to start on time, know that it is OKAY if you have to start a few minutes past this time…also know that some guests may arrive late. If this is the case, then it’s their fault for missing your triumphant walk down the aisle toward your future hubby.)
4:30pm : Ceremony ends
4:35pm – 5:20pm : Cocktail Hour
4:35pm – 5pm : Family photos (have list of specific family member names for the photographer to go off of –> i.e. Aunt Sally, Uncle Bob, Cousin Jack)
5pm – 5:20pm : a few photos, time with just the two of you alone
5:20pm : guests asked to take their seats
5:25pm : Grand Entrance and First Dance
5:35pm : Dinner
6:15pm : Toasts
6:25pm : Cake cutting
6:30pm : Father/Daughter + Mother/Son + other special dances (if you are doing any — aka anniversary dance, dollar dance, etc)
6:40pm : Dance floor opens
7:15pm – 7:45 pm : golden hour photos (this time will obviously change depending on when golden hour is)
8 pm : Grand Re-entrance (you can opt out of having this if you’re doing a grand exit. See below!)
9:00pm : Bouquet Toss / Garter Toss
10:00pm : Grand Exit
Tips from your photographer + planner
Have all your important details together the night before your wedding (rings, invites, boots, accessories, vows, sentimental items, etc details). That way when your photographer gets there, instead of you running around to grab you things, or having your photographer run around, everything is right there, all together. Not only does it save the stress of having to find everything, but it also saves your photographer time. The more time they save not looking for items, the more time they can spend with you.
Plan for spare time for the guys to get dressed! Chances are, they won’t really start getting ready until 5 minutes before they are supposed to be ready. So now your photographer has a little bit more time with them when they are all spiffed up!
We like to recommend a grand entrance instead of a grand exit, and heres why… Most of the time your photographer isnt there until the night has died down and your dancing shoes are worn out. Not to mention, not all of your guests have stuck around either. So, if you want some sort of grand exit, try a grand entrance from your “golden hour” photos. This way, your photographer is there to capture it, all your friends and family are there, and you can party the night away
Be aware that even though you have a timeline, things are bound to change slightly throughout the day. These times are not written in stone. If something has to be pushed back a little, it’s okay! If something can happen sooner than scheduled, even better!!
Always give yourself at LEAST a 5-10 minute buffer between scheduled moments. This will give you time to breathe and stay relaxed even if something takes longer than expected!