One of the most commonly asked questions I get from both brides and photographers is, “when should we start pictures”? Well, after photographing nearly 100 weddings, I’ve learned the do’s and don’ts of wedding timelines.
One of the features that I offer all of my #kelsielynnbrides is walking them through a sample timeline at the beginning of the planning process if they would like! This is great for not only me, but all of the other vendors involved. This ensures that I have a sufficient amount of time for portraits, but also lets the other vendors know when they need to arrive as well (most commonly, the hair and makeup artists!).
I’ve created a downloadable PDF for you that has multiple timeline options that I share with my brides: 8 and 10 hours, and one with a first look, and one without a first look. Something to keep in mind is that the amount of time that I recommend for each part of the day should be relatively consistent. However, if your ceremony is at 3:00 instead of 5:00, all you need to do is shift the whole timeline ahead by 2 hours and you’ll be set!
I sincerely hope this is helpful for you! If you have any questions about why something is the way it is, feel free to reach out! I’m happy to help, and serve as a valuable resource for you.