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Wedding Day Timeline Suggestions

FIRST THINGS FIRST.

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What time does the sun set? How much daylight do we actually have to work with? I always tell my brides to first look at what time the sun will set on your wedding day. You can easily look this up on google.

 

 

LIGHTING

Based on your sunset time, I suggest having the ceremony start 2-4 hours before sunset. Why? Who doesn't love a golden hour ceremony? Based on this example wedding, I suggest starting the ceremony anywhere between 5:30-7:30.
 


Please keep in mind, these are examples. I'm sure your wedding planner has many examples like these- this is just what I suggest for photography purposes. 

WEDDING DAY TIMELINE EXAMPLE 1: 
No First look.  [Photographer hired for 9hrs]

12:00 - Prep room for getting ready photos
1:00 - Hair/Makeup begins, florals arrive.
2:00 - Photographer arrives to photograph details
2:30 - Bride & Bridesmaids getting ready/gift exchange, bridal portraits
3:30 - Groom & Groomsmen getting ready/gift exchange, grooms portraits
4:00 - Bridal Party leaves for ceremony
4:30 - ceremony begins
5:00 - cocktail hour starts
5:10 - Family pictures
5:45 - Bridal party pictures
6:00 - Bride & Groom portraits
6:30 - guests seated for dinner
6:40 - bridal party welcomed/introduced
7:00 - Dinner served
7:20 - Toasts
8:00 - First Dance
8:10 - Family Dances
8:30 - Cake Cutting
8:40 - PARTY-dancing starts
10:55 - Last Dance
11:00 - Couple exits

WEDDING DAY TIMELINE EXAMPLE 1:
W/First look.  [Photographer hired for 9hrs.]

12:00 - Prep room for getting ready photos
1:00 - Hair/Makeup begins, florals arrive.
2:00 - Photographer arrives to photograph details
2:30 - Bride & Bridesmaids getting ready/gift exchange, bridal portraits
3:30 - Groom & Groomsmen getting ready/gift exchange, grooms portraits
4:00 - Bridal Party leaves for pictures
4:20 - Bride & Groom First-look
4:30 - Bridal Party pictures
4:50 - Bride & Groom portraits
5:30 - ceremony begins
6:00 - cocktail hour starts
6:15 - family pictures begin
7:00 - guests seated for dinner
7:10 - bridal party welcomed/introduced
7:20 - Dinner served
7:35 - Toasts
8:20 - First Dance
8:25 - Family Dances
8:30 - Cake Cutting
8:40 - PARTY-dancing starts
10:55 - Last Dance
11:00 - Couple exits
 


WEDDING DAY TIMELINE EXAMPLE 1:
No first look.  [Photographer hired for 7hrs.]

12:00 - Prep room for getting ready photos
1:00 - Hair/Makeup begins, florals arrive.
3:00 - Photographer arrives to photograph details
3:15 - Bride & Bridesmaids getting ready
3:45 - Groom & Groomsmen getting ready
4:00 - Bridal Party leaves for ceremony
4:30 - ceremony begins
5:00 - cocktail hour starts
5:10 - Family pictures
5:45 - Bridal party pictures
6:00 - Bride & Groom portraits
6:30 - guests seated for dinner
6:40 - bridal party welcomed/introduced
7:00 - Dinner served
7:20 - Toasts
8:00 - First Dance
8:10 - Family Dances
8:30 - Cake Cutting
8:40 - PARTY-dancing starts
8:40 - PARTY-dancing starts
9:50 - Last Dance
10:00 - Couple exits

WEDDING DAY TIMELINE EXAMPLE 1:
W/First look.  [Photographer hired for 7hrs.]

12:00 - Prep room for getting ready photos
1:00 - Hair/Makeup begins, florals arrive.
3:00 - Photographer arrives to photograph details
3:15 - Bride & Bridesmaids getting ready
3:45 - Groom & Groomsmen getting ready
4:00 - Bridal Party leaves for pictures
4:20 - Bride & Groom First-look
4:30 - Bridal Party pictures
4:50 - Bride & Groom portraits
5:30 - ceremony begins
6:00 - cocktail hour starts
6:15 - family pictures begin
7:00 - guests seated for dinner
7:10 - bridal party welcomed/introduced
7:20 - Dinner served
7:35 - Toasts
8:20 - First Dance
8:25 - Family Dances
8:30 - Cake Cutting
8:40 - PARTY-dancing starts
9:50 - Last Dance
10:00 - Couple exits


WEDDING DAY TIMELINE EXAMPLE 1:
W/First look.  [Photographer hired for 5hrs.]

2:00 - Hair/Makeup begins, florals arrive.
3:45 - Bridal Party leaves for pictures
4:00 - Photographer arrives for first-look
4:20 - Bride & Groom First-look
4:30 - Bridal Party pictures
4:50 - Bride & Groom portraits
5:30 - ceremony begins
6:00 - cocktail hour starts
6:15 - family pictures begin
7:00 - guests seated for dinner
7:10 - bridal party welcomed/introduced
7:20 - Dinner served
7:35 - Toasts
8:20 - First Dance
8:25 - Family Dances
8:30 - Cake Cutting
8:40 - mingling/dancing
9:00 - Couple exits
 

WEDDING DAY TIMELINE EXAMPLE 1:
No first look.  [Photographer hired for 5hrs.]

2:00 - Hair/Makeup begins, florals arrive.
3:45 - Bridal Party leaves for ceremony
4:00 - photographer arrives for ceremony
4:30 - ceremony begins
5:00 - cocktail hour starts
5:10 - Family pictures
5:45 - Bridal party pictures
6:00 - Bride & Groom portraits
6:30 - guests seated for dinner
6:40 - bridal party welcomed/introduced
7:00 - Dinner served
7:20 - Toasts
8:00 - First Dance
8:10 - Family Dances
8:30 - Cake Cutting
8:40 - Mingling/dancing
9:00 - Couple exits