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Planning a Wedding Timeline

I have seen my fair share of weddings over the years and I have learned over time how long some of the most popular things take! Don’t stress out about your photos, timeline, or day and learn from my years of wedding experience!

Read more to learn exactly what to expect for your wedding day:

MOST WEDDING CEREMONIES:

Most ceremonies are 20-30 minutes

1 hour to 1.5 hours if Catholic Mass

BUBBLE SEND OFF:

Give yourself 15 minutes

RECEIVING LINE:

30 minutes to an hour, depending on how many guests

FAMILY PHOTOS:

30 minutes

WEDDING PARTY PHOTOS:

30 mins for a few quick poses

45 mins if you want lots of variety (I usually just have time for a few poses)

PHOTOS OF THE COUPLE:

30 minutes minimum, 45-60 minutes preferred

INTRODUCTIONS, TOASTS, DINNER, DANCES, CAKE, ETC.:

15 minutes for each event (add 5 minutes per toast over 2). Dinner will take an one hour. 

Be sure to discuss all events with your DJ and photographer.

NO AFTER DINNER EVENTS LIKE ANNIVERSARY DANCE, BOUQUET GARTER, ETC.:

2.5 hours after dinner begins is fine for your photographer to end.

SOME OR ALL ABOVE-MENTIONED EVENTS PLANNED:

3 hours after dinner begins is fine for your photographer to end.

WEDDING DAY SUNSET PHOTOS:

Add 10 minutes into your timeline a few minutes after the “official” sunset time Google gives you to have a vibrant sky. To have the sun in your photos, plan on 10 minutes before sunset.

(Sun in your photos before the sun sets) 

(Vibrant sky AFTER sunset)

I hope this quick rundown of events helps you learn how long things will take at your wedding!

 

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