The Ideal Wedding Day Timeline | Delaware Wedding Photographer

The Ideal Wedding Day Timeline

Based on what each couple has told me, I usually create my own wedding day timeline. Sometimes, these timelines don’t always work in my favor. My first question to myself is always: when is sunset? I base them on sunset times because if there’s no light outside, I can’t get the natural lighted shots I prefer. Here’s the rundown of how to plan your wedding day timeline from a Delaware wedding photographer’s point of view so that you’re no feeling rushed but get to enjoy each and every moment.

For ease, we’re going to work with a sunset time of 8pm. This is also assuming that everything is at the same location. Padded travel times can be added as needed.

This first time line has the couple doing a first look, which I really encourage for many reasons.

First Look Timeline

1:00 – We arrive for final touch, getting ready, and detail photos.

3:30 – Couple’s first look and portraits.

4:30 – Wedding party portraits.

5:00 – Family portraits.

5:30 – Done with portraits! Wedding party freshens up and relaxes while guests arrive.

6:00 – Ceremony.

6:30 – Cocktail hour. (At this point I would love to get some more portraits because the light is better at this time.)

7:30 – Guests seated in dining area.

7:45 – Introductions, dances, toasts, and dinner.

9:00 – Dancing, cake cutting, and other traditions.

11:00 – Reception ends.

This timeline is for a couple who are not going to do a first look. For this one, you will see that the ceremony time has been changed to be earlier, this way I still have light for portraits after the ceremony.

Traditional Wedding Timeline

1:30 – We arrive for final touch, getting ready, and detail photos.

3:30 – Everyone dressed for pre-ceremony photos.

4:00 – Pre-ceremony wedding party photos (taken separately).

5:00 – Ceremony.

5:30 – Cocktail hour.

5:30 – Family portraits.

6:00 – Couple and full wedding party portraits.

6:45 – Guests seated in dining area.

7:00 – Introductions, dances, toasts, and dinner.

8:30 – Dancing, cake cutting, and other traditions.

11:00 – Reception ends.

Exposed Branches Photography specializes in weddings, families, and maternity in Delaware and surrounding areas.

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