How much time do you need for Photography on your Wedding Day?

I can't stress this enough, planning in your photography time and setting a proper schedule will help everything run smoothly on your wedding day.

When thinking about how much time you want covered for your day consider how important getting ready images and party images are for you. These two book end your day so if both are important - a 10 hour package is what you need. If you have a smaller wedding with a relaxed day and party photos aren't important to you an 8 hour package may be more suited to your needs.

Below I'll break down how much time I suggest for each photography session of your day to help you plan your timeline.

Getting Ready - 2 hours - 2.5 hours

-Details & bride getting ready - 1.5 hours this includes hair and make up shots, you getting dressed, reveal to parents, and reveal to your bridal party. As well as your girls getting ready and a few quick bridal shots

-Groom getting ready - 45min - 1 hour. This includes groom getting dressed, groomsmen getting dressed and a few groom portraits.

** If you and your groom are getting ready at separate locations (that includes a drive) please allow for the portrait time and driving time.

First look - 30-45 minutes

This includes 15 minutes for your first look and 15-30 minutes for your bride and groom creative images. If you have kids extend this by 15 minutes for some family shots here.

Bridal party photos - 45 minutes

This can be done prior to your ceremony if you have done a first look and if not will follow your family photos. Please include driving time if you want to go to another location.

Family photos - 45 minutes to 1 hour

Usually following your ceremony and depends on the size of your shot list. I will ask you to create a detailed list of all the combinations of people you want captured. This way we don't miss anyone important. It also helps us wrangle all the people as it can be quite overwhelming when you're trying to organize 50 or more people and trying to remember if you got everyone you wanted. A family (and friend) shot list is the key to success for any wedding family photo slot.

Sunset photos - 15 minutes

A great way to sneak out for a few moments of alone time after dinner and speeches. I find this is almost always my bride and grooms favourite time for a quiet moment to soak it all in before the party begins. Check when sunset is on your wedding day and we'll want to shoot 30ish minutes before that time.

Of course each wedding day is different and unique but these general timelines should help you build your best wedding timeline.