A Perfect Wedding Day: Your Ultimate Timeline Guide

Planning your wedding can be hella hard and hella confusing. With so many resources out there, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure where to begin. But fear not! I've got your back. In this...

Sample Timeline For the Wedding Day – NO First Look

Planning your wedding can be hella hard and hella confusing. With so many resources out there, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure where to begin. But fear not! I've got your back. In this article, I'll share with you what I believe is the ideal wedding day timeline. It's time to create the perfect day that reflects you and your partner's love story!

The Ideal Wedding Day Timeline

This timeline is specifically designed for couples who choose not to have a first look. To make the most of it, start with your ceremony time and work your way up from there. If your ceremony starts at 4pm instead of 3pm, you can adjust the timing accordingly for the rest of the events.

Why I encourage everyone to do a first look

12:30 - 1:30 | THE DETAILS

Every detail you've carefully planned out will be captured and preserved. From your dress and shoes to the rings and flowers, every piece tells the story of your special day. I'll ensure that these details are not overlooked, both for you to remember and for me to immortalize through my lens.

1:00 - 1:30 | Groom & Groomsmen Get Dressed

If everything is happening at one location, this is the perfect time to take some bridal party group shots and individual photos. Let's capture the pre-wedding excitement and anticipation!

1:45 - 2:15 | Bridal Prep

After capturing the details, it's time for the bride and her entourage to get ready. I recommend that the bridal party and mother of the bride be dressed by this time to ensure everyone looks their best in the photos. Once the bride is in her gown, we can take some extra bridal portraits.

While the bride is getting dressed, the groom and groomsmen can head outside for their group and individual shots. We'll make sure to capture their joy and camaraderie before it's time for the bride and her bridesmaids.

2:15 - 2:30 | Bride & Bridesmaids Photos

If everything is happening at one location, this is another opportunity to take some stunning bridal party group shots and individual photos. Let's showcase the love and friendship among your closest friends!

2:30 - 3:00 | Bridal Party in Hiding

It's almost ceremony time! We reserve this buffer time for you to relax and prepare yourselves mentally. It's also a great opportunity to capture some detail shots of your ceremony spaces.

3:00 - 3:30 | CEREMONY

Congratulations, it's time to say "I do"! The ceremony is the heart of your wedding day, a beautiful moment filled with love and emotion. Enjoy every second of this magical experience.

3:35 - 4:00 | FAMILY PORTRAITS

We'll organize your family portraits based on the information you provide us with. Please keep the combinations to immediate family members only. We can photograph other family members during the cocktail hour or reception.

4:05 - 4:10 | BRIDAL PARTY

Now that we've already captured the smaller group shots earlier in the day, let's gather everyone for a large group photo. This is also an opportunity to capture any photos that we may have missed earlier. It's a great chance to make up for lost time if the morning's schedule was delayed.


It's time for your portraits! Following the bridal party group shot, we'll take you both to different locations at the venue to capture a variety of stunning photos. Let's create timeless memories that will be cherished forever.

Sample Image Picture: A beautiful moment captured during a wedding ceremony.


The reception is a time to let loose and celebrate. Work closely with your venue, caterer, and DJ to plan this portion of the day. It's time to have fun and enjoy the company of your loved ones.

During the reception, my timeline relaxes as I go with the flow of your events. The reception is when time truly flies by, so don't forget to savor every moment. Oh, and make sure to eat dinner!


Traditionally, the evening starts with the first dance. Feel free to customize the order of events to suit your preferences. Some traditional elements include the first dance, father-daughter dance, and mother-son dance. Let love and happiness fill the dance floor!


Welcome your guests with heartwarming toasts and fresh salads. This is the perfect time for speeches and enjoying your delicious entrees.

5:30 - 6:30 | DINNER

Now it's time to eat. Grab a plate and enjoy your meal. We recommend letting your coordinator know that you'd like a few moments of peace to enjoy your food without any interruptions. Take this opportunity to nourish yourselves and recharge for the rest of the celebration.

Sample Image Picture: A couple enjoying a beautiful sunset during their wedding photoshoot.


If time permits, we'd love to take you outside to capture the breathtaking beauty of the sunset. Alternatively, we can create magical night-time portraits, depending on the time of year. Don't worry, the party will continue without you!


It's time to hit the dance floor and let loose. Enjoy the rhythm, dance the night away, and create unforgettable memories. Make sure to choose a DJ who knows how to get the crowd moving!


Towards the end of the night, it's time for some traditional pieces. Cutting the cake is always a crowd-pleaser, and the bouquet toss adds an extra element of excitement. These moments symbolize the approaching end of the event and are perfect for capturing joyous memories.


Our time together has come to an end. If your reception continues past this point, don't worry—I've found that the people who love to dance are usually on the floor from start to finish. If you're interested in having your exit photographed, we can discuss additional coverage options or plan a faux exit with just your bridal party. Feel free to contact me for more information and any other questions you may have.

Ready for the Perfect Wedding Day?

Planning a wedding can be challenging, but with the right timeline, you'll feel more confident and relaxed. If you have any questions or want to chat about your dream wedding, don't hesitate to email me. Together, we'll create a day filled with love, joy, and cherished memories. Let's make your wedding day truly unforgettable!