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Wedding Day Timelines


When we shoot diverse cultural weddings it's hard to predict an exact wedding photography timeline. However, there are ideal timelines you should consider when planning your wedding day.

These times may seem long on paper but keep in mind that

  • the day will fly by
  • most weddings run slightly behind schedule
  • we’ll make these photo sessions fun, so it won’t seem like a long time.

The Details

Mexico Photograph of Wedding Dress on Resort RooftopBlue Mountain Resort Wedding PhotographerArlington Estate Wedding Photo of Flowers

Ideal Timing Schedule – 30 minutes
Ideal Time of the Day – Morning
Ideal Location – Bridal Suite or Hotel Suite

TIP – Scheduling at least 30 minutes for details ensures that we have plenty of time to get that perfect photo of the dress, rings, shoes, bouquets, and the other details of the day.

When a hotel room is too crowded or simply too cluttered for a good photo, we may have to take the dress all the way down to the lobby or even outside. This can take some time, but the results will be worth the effort and make a great well rounded wedding album.

GROOM PREP

Groomsmen Portrait at David Springer EstateThe Elora Mill Wedding Photography

Ideal Timing Schedule – 30 minutes to 1 hour
Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Early Afternoon
Ideal Location – Bridal Suite or Hotel Suite

Tip – Needing an hour of preparation for our style of photography is essential for capturing the tail end of hair and makeup applications and candid photographs of the people with you. Remember, these are some of the most emotional and memorable photos of your wedding day so don't cut it short.

The lead photographer and assistant will be with the bride and a second shooter can be with the groom. If a second photographer is not in the budget, we will try and grab 15 minutes alone with the groom for a styled mini groom prep session.

Allow 30 min. to 1 hour minimum

  • - groom details
  • - groomsmen getting ready
  • - groom getting ready
  • - groom portrait
  • - boutonnieres
  • - journalistic portraits of family and groom

BRIDAL PREPARATIONS

Bridal Preparations Photos at Arlington Estate WeddingAdomo Estate Winery Wedding with Preparation at HockleyBridal Preparation at Mississauga Convention Wedding

BRIDE GETTING DRESSED

Allow 1 hour minimum - 1.5 hours

  • - portraits of bridesmaids in robes
  • - journalistic portraits of family and bride
  • - bride getting dressed
  • - bridesmaids helping bride
  • - bridesmaids helping with accessories
  • - mother daughter moments
  • - dad first look
  • - bridal portrait

FIRST LOOK SESSION

Mildreds Temple Kitchen Fusion Wedding PhotographerBarrie Waterfront Wedding PhotographerGolden Hour Barrie Wedding Photographer


Allow 15-30 minutes

  • choose a location at the hotel you are both staying and getting ready in
  • choose a location near the church or ceremony space away from guests


TRAVEL TO CEREMONY

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CEREMONY

Graydon Hall Manor Candid Wedding PhotographerGrey Bruce Wedding Ceremony with Groom Picking up Bride

Allow 20 minutes to 1 hour

  • - ceremony
  • - mingle with guest after ceremony
  • - group photo

FAMILY PHOTOS


Allow 20 minutes for immediate family and 30 minutes for extended or large families

  • family photos are best done immediately after the ceremony when everyone is still there together.


TRAVEL TO PHOTO LOCATION

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WEDDING PARTY

Hockley Valley Resort Wedding PhotographyMadsen's Greenhouse Banquet & Chapel Wedding PhotoAdamo Estate Winery Wedding Photography

Allow 20 minutes

  • - entire wedding party
  • - individual portraits of each bridesmaid and groomsmen with bride / groom
  • - bridesmaids group and groomsmen group


WEDDING COUPLE'S PHOTOS

Georgian Bay Wedding PhotographerThe Georgian Bay Club Wedding and Event PhotographerBest Adamo Estate Winery Wedding Photographer

Allow minimum 1 hour


TRAVEL TO RECEPTION

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COCKTAIL HOUR

Allow 1 hour for couple with guest captures

  • option to not go to cocktail hour and use the hour for bride groom photos
  • option to split bride groom photos 2 times throughout day at different locations

RECEIVING LINES

Allow minimum 1 hour for 100 guests.


INTRODUCTIONS

Allow 15 minutes

  • - entire wedding party
  • - entire wedding party + parents
  • - wedding couple only


FIRST DANCE

First Dance at Springer Estate WeddingOpera House Wedding Photo of Bride Groom First DanceFirst Dance Outside Kortright Centre for Conservation

Allow 10 minutes


DINNER/ SPEECHES

Hazelton Manor Speech with Candid  Wedding PhotographerSpeeches Portrait of Groom at Toronto WeddingMexico Reception Photo of Bride and Groom

Allow 1.5 hours


PARENT DANCES

Allow 10 minutes


BOUQUET TOSS/ GARTER TOSS

Allow 15 minutes


GOLDEN HOUR PORTRAITS

Adamo Estate Winery Wedding Photos with SunsetWhistle Bear Golf Club Wedding PhotographerWoodbridge Journalistic Wedding Photographer

Allow 15 minutes

NIGHT PHOTO

Spring Creek Gavel Farm Wedding Photos at SunsetToronto Top Ten Wedding PhotographerNight Photograph at Lora Bay Thornbury Wedding

Allow 5 minutes

SPARKLER PHOTOS

Allow 15 minutes to 20 minutes if including wedding party


RECEPTION COVERAGE


Allow minimum 30 min. to 1 hour



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