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Wedding Day Timing and Tips | NJ Wedding Photographers

Apr 5

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Wedding Day Timing and Tips

Some of the biggest questions I get from brides are “whats the timeline?,” “when does my hair need to be done?”  Among so many other questions I could list…  today I’m sharing with you wedding day timing and tips –  and the typical timelines I create for my brides based on having a ‘First Look’ or not having a First look.

Now, if you’re not familiar with a first look – its a new tradition in wedding photography where the bride and groom meet before the ceremony for an intimate moment and its captured on camera. Its great for getting some more photos and many other reasons you can read here.

See two different timelines below and read more tips on how to get your friends and family on the same page for your wedding day schedule!


Wedding with a First Look:

12:00pm – Photographers arrive for Getting Ready Photos
*Details and candid photos. Hair should be done, makeup already started

1:00pm – Everyone gets dressed for Pre-Ceremony Photos
(bridesmaids and anyone else helping bride get dressed should be dressed just before the bride!)

2:45pm – Leave for First Look

– 15 mins travel time –

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Bride and Groom First Look and Bridal Party Photos

4:00pm – Immediate Family Photos

4:30pm – Guests arrive / Touch Up and Hide Away the Bride!

5pm – Ceremony

5:30pm-6:30pm – Cocktail Hour

6:30pm – Receptions Begins

6:45pm – 9:15pm – Introductions / Dances / Toasts / Dinner Served / Dancing / Party Party!

9:30pm – Cake Cutting / [Bouquet/Garter] / Viennese Hour Starts / Photography Coverage Ends

10:30pm – Reception Ends

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Wedding without a First Look:

12:00pm – Photographers arrive for Getting Ready Photos
*Details and candid photos. Hair should be done, makeup already started

1:00pm –Everyone gets dressed for Pre-Ceremony Photos
(bridesmaids and anyone else helping bride get dressed should be dressed just before the bride!)

2:45pm – Leave for Ceremony

– 15 mins travel time –

3:00pm – 3:30pm – Ceremony

3:30-4:00pm Receiving Line

4:00pm – Immediate Family Photos

– 30 mins travel time –

4:45pm – Bridal Party Photos / Bride and Groom Photos (1 hour)

5:30pm-6:30pm – Cocktail Hour

6:30pm – Receptions Begins

6:45pm – 9:15pm – Introductions / Dances / Toasts / Dinner Served / Dancing / Party Party!

9:30pm – Cake Cutting / [Bouquet/Garter] / Viennese Hour Starts / Photography Coverage Ends

10:30pm – Reception Ends

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Helpful Tips:

    • Inform everyone of the schedule and where they need to be at what time

 

    • Tell family members to be at family photos 10 minutes earlier so they’re all there and no one is late even if they do run late 😉

 

    • Keep in mind travel time to and from locations. Are there any special events happening in the area? Will there be rush hour traffic?

 

  • Always build some buffer time into your schedule – because no schedule is ever the same and if it does run late, the buffer helps deter anyone from having to rush 🙂

Wedding Day Timing and Tips by NJ Wedding Photographers, Jaye Kogut Photography

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