Wedding Day Timeline Tips

Your wedding day timeline is SOO important…We highly encourage brides to check with us and do the timeline together so you get the most out of your day and the best pictures possible!

  • Plan ahead to make your day stress-free! Weddings are made for Murphy’s Law – little things with uncooperative buttons & zippers, non-fitting shirts, dresses – will happen. When you build some extra time into your photo schedule to accommodate delays, you’ll look that much more relaxed and happy in your pictures!
  • It never hurts to tell your wedding party or family that pictures start 20 minutes earlier than planned. Its better to get an early to on time start than a late one.
  • The one golden rule from our years as being wedding photographers in Dallas area is this: give yourself at least 3 hours for hair and make-up; brides who follow this one simple rule is always on time and never rushed for the photo session. Almost 99.9% of the delays are due to not planning enough time for hair and make-up.
  • Make sure the you and your wedding photographer have discussed how long post ceremony photos will take. There is nothing worse than the photographer planning on an hour only to find out there is only time for 15 minutes which could lead to frustration on both ends. Preparation is key!
  • During your rehearsal dinner is a good time to let family and friends know who is going to be in your group portraits after your ceremony. Trying to organize and find family members on the day of your wedding can be very time consuming. This will save you time in the long run and you will have more time to spend with your guests instead of that extra half hour trying to locate people for pictures.
  • When planning for your wedding it’s always good to keep in mind your time line. Make sure you give yourself enough time to get the photos you want at the locations you want. Having a cocktail hour is a great distraction for guest while you are off being photographed. If you have any doubts just ask us advice.
  • Many modern brides and grooms are foregoing tradition, and seeing each other before the ceremony in order to schedule time for great portraits. The moment of the ‘First Sight’, or ‘First Look’, is still arranged and the moment is captured. By getting the creative photographs completed before the wedding ceremony, this means that the couple can go straight to the reception with the guests. And your wedding pictures with both of you will look more relaxed and not rushed.

Here are two very nice wedding day timelines free for you to download from These schedules were written specifically with your photographer in mind. You’ll find one schedule for a traditional wedding and one set up for the bride and groom to see each other and take photos before the ceremony.

Traditional Wedding Day Timeline Schedule

Wedding Day Timeline with First Look Photo Shoot

Relax and be yourself this is your special day and no one else’s. Your photographs will turn out much better if you are relaxed and happy.

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