Generally the first question I’m asked is some variation of how “how much does it cost to have you photograph our wedding?” And of course the answer to that varies on how long you want me there, and do you want a second photographer, or an album, ect… And while most couples know if they want an album or not, most have no idea how long a photographer should be at their wedding. So I’m going to give you an example of what I would consider an ideal wedding timeline. Every wedding is different and some will take more (or less) time to photograph, but on average, for most weddings 8 hours is about perfect.
A note about this timeline… It is assuming a 6pm ceremony and a sunset around 8pm. Obviously if you are getting married in late fall when the sun sets at 5pm I wouldn’t recommend photos at 6:40pm… since there would be no light outside! But that sort of thing can always be rearranged. I would suggest that you pay more attention to how much time each section takes then what time it is at!
2:30-3:15pm Getting ready details (Location, dress, shoes, jewelry, rings, invitation, bouquets, and any final makeup prep shots)
3:15-3:45pm Bridal Prep (Getting the dress on! Maybe a few portraits if time allows)
4:00pm First Look
4:15-4:45pm Bride & Groom Portraits
4:50-5:20pm Bridal Party Photos
5:30-5:50pm Reception Room Photos (If catering is done with setup! Shooting these photos now let’s me get full room shots and escort cards before they are disturbed.)
6:40-7:10pm Family Photos
7:15-7:30pm Bride & Groom Sunset photos
7:30-7:45pm Reception Entrance!
7:45-10:15pm Reception Events (Welcome, Blessing, Toasts, First Dance, Mother/Son Dance, Father/Daughter Dance, Cake Cutting, Dancing Ect.)
10:30pm Exit! (If you really want exit photos but your party continues past this, you can always stage a faux exit with your bridal party or you can add additional coverage.)
Remember, this is just a guideline! Every wedding is unique and will have different priorities and timeline! Please feel free to talk to me and ask any questions so we can figure out how much coverage is just right for you!