wedding day timeline

Stressing over your day of timeline?

You are definitely not alone. We get texts and messages from our couples ALL of the time with all sorts of questions.

Photos- Stephanie Mason Photography

Photos- Stephanie Mason Photography


If you are one of our couples & have chosen a package with us, you will be added to our planning software where we can plan out the perfect timeline for your wedding, together!

We want the planning process to be an enjoyable time for you and your fiancé, so I’ve compiled some key points to think about when planning your timeline.

Photo- Stephanie Mason Photography

Photo- Stephanie Mason Photography

timeline tips

-Getting ready prep. Ensure you allow enough time for your photographer to snap some fun champagne shots, photos of the girls in their robes, and of course the bride getting in to her dress. These are all about having fun with your girls, so make sure you allow time to enjoy it! -20min for the bride & her besties in their robes, drinking champagne, opening gifts. -30min for the bride to open her card/gift from her soon to be hubby, get into her dress, put on jewelry & shoes, any touch ups for hair & make up -30min for groom & groomsmen prep photos

-Detail photos. Have your photographer arrive at the getting ready location & allocate 45-60min for detail shots of your invitation suite, shoes, rings, dress, etc.

-Always allow travel time. You never know if there will be traffic, car troubles, someone has to use the bathroom or grab more alcohol… Leaving time while travelling to/from venues/photo locations is important. Also, if your wedding is happening during a special event weekend or holiday, check for road closures, etc.

-Decor/venue shots. Having your photographer arrive on site prior to the ceremony allows him/her to slip in to the reception space before any guests have entered to snap some beautiful decor shots, tablescapes, and venue details.

-Ceremony time? Are you having a first look? This is important when you are deciding on your ceremony time and when you will be taking portraits, family photos, bridal party photos, etc. Allow 30min prior to your ceremony to relax, freshen up & take a deep breath. The boys can be seating guests at this time!

-Are you wanting to do a grand entrance? I always suggest to our couples to do their first dance immediately upon entering the reception!

-Speeches. Chat with your planner and/or venue to coordinate speeches during dinner service, many venues will not allow speeches will plates are being served or cleared.

-What time is sunset the night of your wedding? Always allow 45-60min prior to sunset for golden hour photos with your photographer. These will be your fav photos from your day, promise! SO worth it. If you are having a fall/winter wedding and are not having a first look, allow for an earlier ceremony time to ensure you have enough light for portraits/family photos after the ceremony.

timeline example WITH first look


timeline example with NO first look


reception time!


fun tip: having a glass of wine while writing out your timeline always makes it more enjoyable.


If you have any questions regarding your day of timeline, send us a message!