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Wedding Day Timeline

Updated: Jan 21

How much time do you actually need your photographer for?


This will vary from wedding to wedding, but here is an example of how much time to plan for photos from morning mimosas to getting down on the dance floor! ๐ŸŽ‰


Times can be adjusted to fit the needs and wants of each couple, these are just the ideal lengths of time for each affair that are typically planned in a full wedding day.



- Getting Ready + Details

suggested time duration: 60 min


- First look or First touch

suggested time duration: 30 min

- Wedding Party Portraits

suggested time duration: 45 min


- Immediate Family Portraits

suggested time duration: 30 min (each side)


- Ceremony

suggested time duration: 30 min


- Post-Ceremony Family Formals

suggested time duration: 60 min

*This can also depend on the size of your families but on avg. 60 min is required.


- Couples Portraits

suggested time duration: 60 min

*less time needed if you book a wedding portrait session (separate day from wedding).


- Cocktail hour

suggested time duration: 15-30 min

*might want to consider a second shooter to get photos during this time while your main photographer focus on you.


- Grand entrance/Toasts/Cake Cutting/First dances

suggested time duration: 10 min (each)


- Open dancing

suggested time duration: 45 min


- Grand Exit

suggested time duration: 10 min

*If you want the grand exit photos, but don't want to pay for your photographer to stay until the end then maybe a "fake-exit" is the way to go.



Remember stay true to you and what you want, this is no one else's day, but yours as a couple! However, always make sure that you discuss the ideal time durations for your wedding day affairs with YOUR own wedding photographer.


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