Building the timeline for your wedding day can be a daunting task, and honestly, it may never be perfect, but it can get pretty close with the help of your vendors, including me!
Before you begin, think about the flow.
What do I mean by flow? Well. Here we go.
Put your notebook down, grab a glass of wine, and close your eyes. Imagine it’s your wedding day, you’re moving through it, from getting ready all the way to the dancing. How do you want your wedding day to FEEL. What is most important to you? Is it getting epic photos in a far-off location, is it hugging every single guest and having time to chat, is it drinking in a limo with your besties? No matter what it is, the way plan the flow of your day will affect the way you feel on the day.
I can’t give you the right answer for what is best for you, but here are some things to consider:
- If seeing every guest and having a drink at cocktail hour is important to you I’d suggest considering doing all of your portraits before your ceremony. This helps to create a chill FLOW to the day where you get ready, do portraits, have your ceremony, and the rest of the day is time to mingle and enjoy the night.
- If you’re a bit of an introvert and know you’ll need a breather, doing your portraits after the ceremony is a great idea. You get to sneak away from all of the chaos, the light will be awesome (hopefully), and when you get back from portraits you’re ready for round two of everyones excitement.
- If you have a whole bunch of stuff to cram into a long day remember to schedule in food breaks! A grumpy wedding party makes for some not-so-fun photos. Keep them fed, and go light on the drinks before we do photos. I can’t un-drunk people in Photoshop.
Now, let’s talk about light.
Light is like, THE most important part of photography. I mean, I literally can’t take photos without it so choosing the right time of day to do your portraits will make all the difference in the photos you get.
Because light is so important I like to suggest (well, request) that portraits be scheduled for a time of day when the light is at its best, which means not at high noon. The best times are in the later afternoon when the sun is a bit lower, or in the hour or two before sunset. For the couples portraits sunset is the most magical time, so fitting a bit of time at sunset can definitely pay off! If your timeline doesn’t allow for scheduling around the best lighting feel free to ask me about our options, or to run through your timeline with you. I can work with pretty much anything but, again… we could do EPIC!
While your planner will be a huge help in planning your day, the photography timelines can vary wildly between photographers, so below you’ll find some examples of timing for certain portions of your day, based on my own experience. Keep in mind, these may not all apply to you, but it should get you started.
Remember, these are just timelines for the photos, you’ll have a whole other timeline for the rest of the days events.