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  • Writer's pictureChantal Paradis

Your Wedding Day Timeline

(Actual times may vary)

Remember to account for travel times and possible snafu's like a late flower delivery, an ill-fitting suit jacket, etc...

2 p.m. Photographer Arrives

The photographer will arrive about 45 mins to a half hour before the bride is ready. A second photographer will meet up with the groom and groomsmen to photograph them getting ready. Please have the guys in their pants and shirts and the rooms picked up before the photographer arrives.

2:15 p.m. Bridesmaids are dressed and ready, bride’s hair and makeup is complete

Unless you want girls photos all in matching robes, the bridesmaids as well as the mother-of-the-bride should be dressed and ready by the time the bride’s hair and makeup is complete. This way, everyone can be in the background of the photos featuring the bride getting dressed.

2:30 p.m. Bride Gets Dressed

Once you are mostly dressed, have your photographer capture your mom or maid-of-honor helping you zip up your dress and put your earrings and jewelry on.

2:45 p.m. Bridesmaids Photos

These photos are meant to be casual and fun, capturing the moments of celebration between the bride and her friends.

3:10 - 3:30 p.m. Bridal Portraits

3:30 p.m. First Look

The first look is a special moment where the groom sees his bride for the first time, away from the hundreds of eyes that will be watching during the ceremony. The photographer or second photographer will get the groom in the predetermined location for the First Look. You can even have a first look with your Dad instead of the groom!

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Bride and Groom Photos

4:10 - 5:00 p.m. Wedding Party and Family Photos

Make sure your photographer has a shot list of every family combination you want captured, and designate a family member to help the photographer identify each family member.

5:30 p.m. Start Time Listed on Wedding Invitation

Most weddings don't start at the actual start time listed on the invitation. Most starts about 15 minutes later than the invitation time. This gives guests a little extra time if they are running late and ensures all the seats will be filled! You don’t want anyone to miss your special moment due to traffic. Plan to have your DJ start the music at this time.

5:45 p.m. Actual Start Time

5:45 - 6:15 p.m. Ceremony

This will depend greatly on your preferences. Typically most religious ceremonies are closer to 45 minutes while non-religious ceremonies are anywhere from 10 minutes to 25 minutes. Speeches, songs, and special ceremonies like sand, wine, or knot tying will take a little bit of time.

6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Cocktail Hour

Invite guests to cocktail hour and take some post-ceremony photos with the photographer. Depending on how many photos you want to take, you can join cocktail hour halfway through, or spend some time in the bridal suite having appetizers and drinks privately. This will give you a much-needed break to re-energize for the rest of the night!