I have some awesome wedding day timeline tips just for you. While you might want to think about this closer to your actual wedding date, it’s important to think about the timings of your day as you’re sending out your wedding invitations. So sit back, have a read and comment on this post telling me if my wedding day timeline tips helped you.

Wedding Day Timeline Tips

I work with all my couples on the timeline of their wedding day to make sure we always have enough time for photographs. My approach is relaxed so I don’t want a couple to feel rushed or that they’ve stood solidly for hours taking photographs, this really isn’t how I approach wedding photography. The whole point is we’re having a blast together and making memories. So we always prepare together. I will always make suggestions or offer advice and give my honest opinion with the timings. I think this is so important so that expectations are met and silly things you might never have thought of are factored in.

Bridal Preparations

So I’ll start right at the beginning of a wedding day. Your hair stylist and make-up artist will work with you on what time they’re going to arrive at bridal preparations. I love everything to be in full swing as I arrive and to capture the excitement of the day ahead. So I like to give myself about two/ two and a half hours to photograph the wedding morning.

Wedding Ceremony

While bridal preparations are well under way, your wedding guests will start to arrive at your ceremony about forty five minutes before the ceremony time. Depending on the venue, they’ll also seat your guests about ten minutes before you’re due to arrive. A civil ceremony can take twenty to thirty minutes, while a church ceremony is closer to an hour. Factor in travel times too, so if your reception venue is somewhere different, take this into consideration when thinking of your wedding timeline.

Wedding Photographs, Drinks & Fun!

I suggest a minimum of two hours for photographs and drinks. If you can have a bit longer, then all the better! This two hour gap is my perfect time for shots. I love capturing moments, for instance wedding guests mingling, laughing over drinks. A confetti shot, some ‘formal’ family photographs, as well as fun bridesmaid and groomsmen shots. This all takes time, and not just the taking photographs, but the organising of everyone.

Couple portraits, this time away from your guests is so important. You’ll actually get to see each other, chat to each other and giggle that you’ve just done it. You just got flipping married!! But seriously the longer you have for photographs, you’ll be far more relaxed, especially with your couple portraits. In between all of this, you also want to see your guests. So while two hours may seem like a long time, for me it’s important that you get to enjoy seeing everyone too. The less time you have the less relaxed it may be as the window to capture everything is a lot smaller.

Wedding Breakfast

Now it’s time for food (hurray!) two hours to eat, drink and be merry! With either speeches before or after. Some speeches are short and sweet, while some are longer and have us in stitches. But again it’s something to consider with your evening guests due to arrive. Will they catch the end of the speeches? Or will everything be successfully wrapped up in time? Most evening guests arrive around 7pm with the first dance around 8pm.

And now you can party the night away! YAY!!

I hope this blog post about my wedding day timeline tips has been a little bit helpful. I know there’s a lot to think about with wedding planning anyway. I’m sure you didn’t even think about timings at this stage. Things do over run and timings do change slightly. But it’s important to have an idea as to how your day will be. It’ll fly by in the blink of an eye, so let’s not waste a second!

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