Wedding Timeline | Wedding Planning | Root & Arrow Photography

Planning your wedding timeline can seem daunting, but with a few tips it's totally manageable! We recommend starting with setting your ceremony time & your reception announcement time first & building from there. We will break down a sample in this post so you can see an ideal timeline.  This example is based off of a 5pm ceremony & includes a first look (which most of our couples choose to do).

12:00-12:30 The Details- We recommend providing at least 30 minutes to shoot the details (invitations, the dress, shoes, jewelry, rings, etc.) Make sure to have all of these items ready before we arrive. 


12:30-2:00 Getting Ready- The guys don't need quite as long, but we recommend an hour to an hour and a half for the bridal prep portion. This includes shots of the bride getting her hair & makeup done, getting into the dress, help with the veil, as well as candid shots of everyone.


2:00-3:00 First Look & Portraits- Plan about an hour for a first look & time to get portraits of the two of you in. 

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3:00-4:30 Bridal Party Portraits- Plan at least an hour to an hour and a half for bridal party portraits after your first look. If we have time, you could also do family portraits before the ceremony.


4:30-5:00 Reception Details- About a half hour before the wedding, if possible, we like to get detail shots of the reception set up. The bride & groom can take a break & we can get those beautiful detail shots before anything is touched! 


5:00-5:30 Wedding Ceremony


5:30-7:00 Family Formals & Cocktail Hour- Plan at least 30-45 minutes for family formals. If we get done early, more time for you at cocktail hour!


7:00-10:00 Wedding Reception- Plan to have your photographer at your reception long enough for all of the moments you definitely want captured such as speeches, dances, cake cutting, etc. We generally recommend at least 3 hours for reception coverage depending on timeline of events. That usually gives us enough time to capture those important moments & get some fun candids of family & friends on the dance floor!


Sunset Portraits- Sunset time depends on the season, but please let us steal you away for portraits! This will take between 15-30 minutes with just the two of you. We promise, it's always worth it to sneak away! 


Lastly, make sure to plan a little wiggle room in your day- things will go wrong or take longer than you think! It's always better to have too much time rather than not enough!


Happy planning!