While working in wedding photography, I’ve gathered some tips on creating the wedding timeline that will let you enjoy the day without stress.
So how to create a perfect wedding timeline, and are there things to think about while choosing certain hours for the preparations, photo shoot and, most importantly, the ceremony?
Of course there are!
Here you’ll find a very important tips that will help you to get started, and at the end of the article you’ll be able to download your own example of a Wedding Timeline♡
When you’ve decided on the ceremony, reserve some hours for the photo session.
Photo Session is important because everything depends on the light, and if you want to get some sunset (famous Golden Hour) pictures – you’ll only be able to get those during the sunset 🙂
That might sound like an unnecessary thing to say, but many brides forget the actual sunset hours which are different for every season (specially in Sweden where I’m based)
One of my brides had the wedding timeline already done before she booked me, and when I saw it I realised that she forgot about the early sunset and planed the sunset portrait photos 3 hours after the actual sunset…
To make sure that don’t happens to you, be careful while setting the timeline and always try to consult your photographer.
In my welcoming package for my wedding couples I always have the information on approx. hours for the sunset for each month to make this planning easier.
TIP number 1
Consider serving the cake right after the ceremony instead of late night. It seems like a very popular thing lately:
Not many people are hungry cause of the heat (right after the ceremony during the summer) so they prefer to have a piece of cake during the cocktail hour instead.
This way you don’t have to eat the cake so late at night, this might be important for those who are on a healthy diet.
Another great point is that your photographer will be able to capture the beauty of your cake in daylight and in a gorgeous party atmosphere
TIP number 2
Total photography hours. There are some “must have” moments like:
- Detail photos (shoes, invitations, accessories etc) 1 – 1,5 hour
- Couple Photo session (including both after ceremony and sunset photos) 2-3 hour
- Family Portraits (all possible family combinations, usually after the ceremony) – 1 hours
So I recommend keeping those in mind when planning your wedding timeline. This goes for photography packages of 8-12 hours. In smaller packages the the brides usually skip either Detail photos or Family photos.
I’ve made an example of THE PERFECT WEDDING TIMELINE that you can download in PDF format or print. You can absolutely change and add things according to your personal preferences, and there is a small bonus sheet for starting to plan your wedding:)
Don’t forget to send a copy of your final timeline to the vendors, bridesmaids and your wedding planner!