Oftentimes, the best way to a perfect and carefree wedding day is by putting extra care into your wedding timeline ahead of time.
A timeline is a presentation of a chronological sequence of events. So, your wedding timeline serves a schedule of your wedding day. We’ll follow your timeline as closely as possible on the day of so it goes smoothly, and everyone is aware of what’s happening next.
The key to a flawless wedding day is planning ahead. So, breaking down your entire day will keep you organized, stress-free, and on time. It’s important to have a detailed, hour-by-hour timeline. That way, your wedding vendors, wedding party, and even family members know what to expect, where they need to be, and when they need to be there.
It’s especially important that your team of wedding professionals have a copy of your timeline to help them better collaborate toward your wedding vision and avoid any hiccups. A wedding timeline provides a quick and easy reference, which prevents others from barraging the couple with questions on the day-of. Consequently, the more specific and thorough you make your timeline, the better it will be for you!
Note this at the top of your timeline for easy reference.
For instance, do you want more photos at the beginning of your day when you’re getting ready? Do you want full reception coverage until send off? You may need to shift your timeline accordingly if you have limited photography hours.
Do you prefer sunset photos for your ceremony or couple’s portraits?
Note the locations and types of photos you want at each, such as first look on the lawn; couple’s portraits in the garden; family photos outside the church; wedding party downtown; etc.?
What’s the driving distance/time to and from location(s)?
Will you do a cocktail hour?
These are the approximate lengths of time for each major wedding day event and traditional wedding photos:
A first look can include: first look with a parent(s), first look with wedding party, or even a “first touch” where the couple holds hands around a door without peeking.
Most wedding receptions are approximately 4-5 hours, although it varies. Here’s the breakdown for a traditional wedding reception:
Tammi Camp is a destination photographer based in St Louis, Missouri. She photographs everything from multi-day events to elopements around the globe. Her passion lies in creating photographs that document all your special moments with a lasting aesthetic that lives beyond the wedding day. Tammi’s style of photography is honest and intentional with a twist of fashion — think Vogue-meets-photojournalism. Learn more about the Tammi Camp Experience, and contact Tammi today to reserve your date.