Planning your wedding timeline
We often have couples asking us for recommendations when it comes to planning their day. This is purely an example of what we’ve found works over the past years of shooting weddings, but please feel free to customise your wedding day to suit you.
If you have any questions or would like to go over ideas, please don’t ever hesitate to email or call us. We’re always happy to help.
Bride’s Preparations & Details
Your hair and makeup artist will recommend start times for this, but we ask for around 2 hours to photograph your details (like shoes, dress, jewelry) and getting ready up to the point of getting into your dress.
During this time we look to photograph you getting the finishing touches of your makeup and hair, hanging out with your bridesmaids and family, receiving your flowers, popping champagne and so on. A couple of things that can be nice to photograph is giving your bridesmaids a gift, maybe sending a small gift or letter to your groom and receiving one. Also keeping Dad away until you’re ready to head to the ceremony - to do a reveal to him - creates a nice moment.
We also ask to have the dress, shoes, jewellery, flowers, perfume, invites and any other details that are special to you, ready so we can photograph them first.
Bride into her Dress
We recommend planning this for around 45 minutes before you need to leave (especially for lace up dresses), giving you time to do any last details, touch ups and get everything ready to go.
Groom's Preparations & Details
We ask for an hour to photograph groom’s details and getting ready.
At this time we ask to have the suits, shoes, cufflinks, rings, aftershave and or any other special details out so we can photograph them first. Then for you and your groomsmen to be showered and ready to jump into your suits. Then once we’ve photographed the details, we’ll get you guys to put your pants and shirts on then help each out with collars, ties, cufflinks and finishing touches. A couple of things that can be nice to photograph is giving your groomsmen a small gift, maybe sending a small gift or letter to your bride and receiving one. Also let us know if you’re planning to do anything in the morning - some groomsmen play golf, go shooting or maybe head to a barber shop - this can make for great photos so we’d love to come along. Its part of your wedding day story after all!
Ceremony and Photos
We recommend at least 3 hours from the start of your ceremony until you enter the reception (this doesn’t include travel time, so if you have 30 minutes of driving between venues or photo locations, please add this on top of the 3 hours). If you’re wanting to have your bridal photos before the ceremony, it will be the same amount of time, just a change in order and add an extra 30 minutes between the shoot and ceremony, to hide away before guest arrive, retouch makeup and have refreshments.
Congrats & Champagne
This a chance for family and friends to come up to say hello and congratulations
Based off 10 photos, add roughly 15 minutes per 5 extra photos
We ask for 90 minutes so we don’t have to rush you, this will be one of the only times you will be alone as a bridal party, so we want you to be able to relax and enjoy this time as well as having photos.
Don’t forget to organise some lunch for you and your bridal party for this time too.
When planning your reception timing, just make sure you have your speeches, cake cut and first dance within your 10 hours of photography time
The most common order for the reception is:
MC housekeeping and introductions > Dinner served > Speeches > Cake cut > Dessert Served > First Dance > Open Dance Floor
Depending on the time of year and when sunset is - will take about 15 minutes.
Just the two of you during the best light of the day, great for photos but also gives you a chance to be alone and take a breather.
Formal Family Photos
We find the family photos to be every couple's least favourite part of the day, so to make it as easy as possible, we ask you to write a list before hand. It’s a great idea to print off a couple of copies to hand out to someone(the loudest person) from each family to help round people up, have your MC help yell or even make a sign of the photos for your guest to see. Below is an example of what most people do, but please make sure to personalize it to work with your family situations and add any family or friends you would like to have a photo with, keeping in mind from past weddings, we find it takes around 15 minutes to organise and photograph 5 formal photos.
- Group photo (all of the guest)
- Bride and Groom with bride’s grandparents
- Bride and Groom with bride’s extended family
- Bride and Groom with bride’s immediate family
- Bride and Groom with bride’s parents
- Bride and Groom with groom’s grandparents
- Bride and Groom with groom’s extended family
- Bride and Groom with groom’s immediate family
- Bride and Groom with groom’s parents
- Bride and Groom with flower girls and ring bearer