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We know perfecting your wedding day timeline can be quite a task! When you book with us our photographers/videographers will jump on a call with you and help you finalize your timeline. We will provide and go over our shot list with you to ensure your day runs smoothly. Additionally, if your timeline changes after booking it's not a problem because you can extend coverage or add on services at anytime (even on your wedding day!) Because we understand plans sometimes change. Below you will find some example timelines that will hopefully give you a good springboard for determining which package will fit your needs best.

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 timeline tips:
  • As you're planning your timeline, don't forget to fit in at least 30 minutes where you and your fiancé are alone with the photographer and/or videographer.  This is best when planned within 2 hours of sunset and located outdoors.  The lighting will be perfect, and it's likely these will be your favorite wedding day photos and videos!

  • We love family photos and want to make sure to get all the combinations that are important to you!  In order to do this efficiently and effectively, we advise that you write out a list of the family shots that you would like captured. Here is an example:

    • Bride, Groom, Mother-of-Bride, Father-of-Bride, Sally

    • Bride, Mother-of-Bride

    • Bride, Father-of-Groom

    • Bride, Groom, Mother of Groom, Father-of-Groom, Rhonda, Joe

    • Groom, Father-of-Groom

    • Groom, Mother-of-Groom

    • Bride, Groom, Deanne, Jack

  • As you write out your timeline, don't forget about transitions...if it takes 20 minutes to get to the reception hall from the church, plan at least 30 minutes for that transition.

  • If you want to do a first look, plan to do this at least an hour before the ceremony starts so that you aren't rushed.

If you have any questions or concerns about your timeline, don't hesitate to reach out to your photographer, videographer, or event manager.  We are happy to assist and want to help you plan your perfect day!


4 hours

4:15 Venue shots, video setup for the ceremony

5:00 Ceremony

5:30 Family photos, bridal party, bride/groom 

6:30 Reception: dinner

7:00 Speeches

7:30 First dances

7:45 Cake cutting

7:50 Open dance 

8:15 Photographer & Videographer leave

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6 hours

2:15 Getting ready: Bride (finishing touches)

3:00 Getting ready: Groom

3:30 First Touch with Groom

4:00 Transition to ceremony & video setup for the ceremony

4:30 Ceremony

5:00 Family Photos

5:20 Bridal Party

5:40 Bride & Groom portraits

6:30 Grand entrance to the reception

6:35 First Dances

(Bride & Groom) (Bride & Dad) (Groom & Mom)

6:50 Dinner, speeches, cake cutting, bouquet toss

8:00 Open Dancing

8:15 Photographer & Videographer leave

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8 hours

1:00 Detail & Venue shots

1:30 Getting ready (Groom)

2:00 Getting ready (Bride)

3:10 First look with Dad

3:30 Transition to ceremony & video setup for the ceremony

4:00 Ceremony

4:30 Family Photos

5:00 Bridal Party 

5:00 Cocktail Hour for guests

5:30 Bride & Groom portraits

6:15 Grand Entrance into Reception 

6:20 First Dance (Bride & Groom)

6:25 Dinner & Speeches

7:25 Cake cutting, bouquet toss & garter toss

7:55 First Dances (Bride & Dad, Groom & Mom) 

8:00 Open Dance

8:45 Sparkler Send-off

9:00 Photographer & Videographer leave

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8 hours

(Catholic wedding example)

12:00 Getting Ready: Groom

12:30 Getting Ready: Bride

1:30 Transition to ceremony & video setup for ceremony

2:00 Ceremony

3:00 Family Photos

3:30 Transition to the reception venue

4:00 Arrive at venue - bridal party photos

4:30 Bride & Groom Portraits

5:15 Grand entrance to the reception

   - First Dance (Bride & Groom)

5:20 Welcome & Dinner served

6:00 Speeches 

6:30 Cake cutting

6:40 First dances (Bride & Dad) (Groom & Mom)

6:50 Open dance

7:30 Bouquet & garter toss 

8:00 Photographer & videographer leave

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10 hours

12:00 Photographer & Videographer arrive

          - Detail & Venue shots

12:30 Getting ready: Bride

2:00 Getting ready: Groom

3:00 First look with Groom & Portraits

4:00 Bridal Party

4:45 Transition to the ceremony & video setup for ceremony

5:15 Ceremony

5:45 Family Photos

6:30 Grand entrance to reception

6:35 First Dances

(Bride & Groom) (Bride & Dad) (Groom & Mom)

6:50 Dinner

7:20 Speeches

7:50 Cake cutting

8:00 Bouquet toss & garter toss

8:15 Shoe game

8:45 Open Dancing

9:45 Sparkler send-off

10:00 Photographer & Videographer leave

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