HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

We have written a guide to help you plan your wedding day timeline and get the most out of your photographer and photos. It includes guidelines on how much time we need to photograph each part of the day perfectly, sample timelines for summer and winter months, as well as timing tips when planning things such as hair and make up. Each wedding is different, so this guide is here to serve as as a starting point, with the idea that we work together to tailor a timeline that best suits your needs and requirements for day. Happy wedding planning!

PHOTOGRAPHY TIME GUIDE

Below is a guideline of the approximate time we will need for each part of the day. We will work with you to help create a schedule to ensure we're able to document everything perfectly.

Bride dancing at wedding reception

FAMILY PHOTOS

Groom - getting ready

30 MINS

45 mins - 1 hour

WEDDING PARTY PHOTOS

BRIDE - GETTING READY

1.5 HOURS

15 - 30 MINS

CEREMONY DECOR

COUPLES PORTRAIT PHOTOS

10 MINS

30 mins - 1 HOUR

RECEPTION DECOR

CEREMONY

30 MINS

15 MINS

RECEPTION

CONGRATULATIONS POST CEREMONY

ALL NIGHT BABY!

30 MINS

WEDDING PLANNING TIMELINE TIPS

WHEN SHOULD MY HAIR AND MAKE UP BE FINISHED?

Wedding hair and makeup should be finished no later than a 1.5 hours before you have to leave for the ceremony. This will allow us time to photograph you putting on your dress, doing last minute touch ups, bridal and bridal party portraits, and any other group shots you would like with family.

WHEN SHOULD I GET INTO MY WEDDING DRESS?

A little over 1 hour before you want to leave for the ceremony. This always takes longer than you think!

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME FOR A WEDDING CEREMONY IN SUMMER?

For weddings between September to April, we recommend scheduling your ceremony after 3pm. It is best to avoid the hours between 10am and 2pm as the light is harsh and shadows are strong.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME FOR A WEDDING CEREMONY IN WINTER?

For weddings between May to August, the sun disappears early, so we recommend starting your ceremony no later than approximately 2.5 - 3 hours before sunset.

HOW LONG DO FAMILY PHOTOS TAKE?

A standard family photo list takes about 30 minutes. If you have a larger family you will need to allow more time. This takes much longer than you think so make sure you allocate family member from each side who can rally the troops!

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME FOR PORTRAITS?

The best time for any photos is about 1 hour before sunset. You would be surprised just how much light affects the final result of images. Late afternoon light is the best, it means softer shadows and even skin tones.

SUMMER WEDDING TIMELINE EXAMPLE

This wedding day timeline is based on a summer wedding and sunset 7.30pm. It assumes each part of the day is within close proximity of each other, so you will need to adjust it accordingly. We encourage you to work with your venue and caterer for all reception timings. We just ask for a minimum of 20 minutes be set aside for sunset photos.

SUNSET PORTRAITS

FAMILY PORTRAITS & COCKTAIL HOUR

PHOTOGRAPHER ARRIVES at boyS

7:10 - 7:30PM

5 - 5:30

12:30PM

BRIDAL PARTY PORTRAITS

MAIN COURSE

PHOTOGRAPHER ARRIVES AT GIRLS

5:30 - 6PM

7:35PM

1:30pm

TOASTS

BRIDE & GROOM PORTRAITS

BRIDES MAKE UP COMPLETE

8:15PM

6 - 6:30PM

1:30pm

CAKE CUTTING

RECEPTION ENTRY

BRIDE GETS INTO WEDDING DRESS

6:30PM

8:25PM

2 - 2:30PM

MC WELCOME

CEREMONY

6:35PM

4 - 4:30PM

SPEECHES & FIRST COURSE

RECEPTION FINISHES

POST CEREMONY CONGRATULATIONS

6:40PM

11 - 12PM

4:30 - 5PM

WINTER WEDDING TIMELINE EXAMPLE

This wedding day timeline is based on a winter wedding and sunset at 5.30pm. It assumes each part of the day is within close proximity of each other, so you will need to adjust it accordingly. We encourage you to work with your venue and caterer for all reception timings.

SPEECHES

FAMILY PORTRAITS & CANAPES

PHOTOGRAPHER ARRIVES AT BOYS

6:30PM

11AM

3:30 - 4pm

BRIDAL PARTY PORTRAITS

MAINS

PHOTOGRAPHER ARRIVES AT GIRLS

4 - 4:30PM

6:45PM

12pm

BRIDE & gROOM PORTRAITS

MORE SPEECHES

BRIDES MAKE UP complete

7:30PM

4:30 - 5:30PM

12PM

TOASTS & CAKE CUTTING

GUEST ENTRY INTO RECEPTION

BRIDE GETS INTO WEDDING DRESS

7:45PM

5:30PM

12:30 - 1pm

BRIDAL PARTY ENTRY

FIRST DANCE

CEREMONY

5:45PM

8PM

2:30PM

MC WELCOME & FIRST COURSE

RECEPTION FINISHES

POST CEREMONY CONGRATULATIONS

5:50PM

11PM

3 - 3:30

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