Wedding Timeline Tips

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With so many parts of the day to consider, it can be difficult to know who is responsible for keeping up with the timeline on your wedding day. Your wedding planner is typically in charge of overseeing the entire day, the DJ is responsible for the reception, and for photo and video, it’s our job to make sure the timeline runs smoothly from getting ready to the reception.

With nearly 200 weddings under my belt, I have compiled a few tips to help make sure everything runs as smoothly and efficiently. Please note that these tips are not mandatory, but are provided as a guide. As your wedding photographer, it’s my job to ensure the photo part of your day runs as seamlessly as possible.


For the first tip, I recommend having all items you would like photographed ready and easily accessible when we arrive. Many of my past clients have found it helpful to store their details such as bouquet, shoes, jewelry, stationery, and “something borrowed, something blue” items in a box for easy access. Upon our arrival, I will come to collect the box and begin photographing your details.


We recommend that your bridesmaids begin getting ready while we photograph your details, which typically takes about 30 minutes. That way, your bridesmaids can be dressed and ready to help you into your dress when you are finished with your make-up. Many of our brides have found this to be the most efficient process.


Inform family and friends prior to the wedding day when they’ll be needed for pictures (such as immediately after the ceremony). Family and wedding party portraits following the ceremony can make or break your reception timeline. It is essential that all individuals required for family and wedding party portraits are aware of the timeline prior to the wedding day in order to ensure a smooth and efficient photo session. We almost always start with family portraits, then wedding party portraits and we’ll finish with your newlywed portraits. During family portraits, my second shooter will call out names from your Family & Formals shot sheet while I pose and photograph.

I hope that these tips have been useful and have helped to reduce your stress. I’m excited to be part of your special day and capture unique memories that you can cherish forever.

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