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Guide | Sample Wedding Timeline

Wedding Day Timeline Tips and Samples!

Timelines make your day flow smoothly, and give your guests, staff, and vendors a general idea of when and where everything will be happening. If you have a wedding planner (we highly recommend this if it fits in your budget!) they will plan the timeline with you.


Some things to think about when planning your timeline:

  • Are getting ready photos important to you?

  • Do you want to do a first look or first see other as you walk down the isle?

  • Do you want to attend your cocktail hour to mingle with your guests?

  • Is there a lot of driving between locations during your day (ex. getting ready, ceremony, reception, photo locations)?

  • Do you want sunset photos (if weather and venue location permit)? What time is sunset?

  • Will there be guest dancing/partying that you want captured?

8 hour timeline w. first look

not including driving time if necessary


1:00 - photography starts/getting ready

1:45 - first look

2:00 - wedding party photos/couple photos

3:00 head back to ceremony location, freshen up

3:30 - ceremony

4:00 - family photos

4:30 - cocktail hour (you attend, no formal photos)

6:00 - dinner

7:00 - speeches

8:00 - first dance

9:00 - photography ends

6 hour timeline no first look

not including driving time if necessary


2:30 - photography starts/ getting ready

3:00 head to ceremony location, freshen up

3:30 - ceremony

4:00 - family photos

4:30 - cocktail hour for guests, couple/wedding party photos

6:00 - dinner

7:00 - speeches

8:00 - first dance

8:30 - photography ends

For more wedding planning advice all booked clients will receive our Wedding Guide with over 40 pages of wedding tips! We can't wait to celebrate with you!


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