Wedding Day Time-Line

So many of my clients ask me about how their wedding day should flow and how much time they should allocate to each portion of their day. If your not working with a wedding planner the next best person to help with this is your photographer. I am always happy to work with my clients to help make the best time-line that works with them and all vendors.

The time-line is a guideline to help keep the day on track, however this will not alway go as planned and thats okay. The main thing is keeping the start and end times on time so that all the vendors can provide the best service as possible.

When I work on a time-line with clients I build the day around the ceremony time, next is when would be the best time for portraits. If the client is having an early ceremony then I would suggest portraits after the ceremony, if they are having a later ceremony then doing a first look and portraits before the ceremony. You can check out more about first looks here. First Look

These are based on my 9 hour packages, you can all ways add extra hours to your day. And keeping in mind these are just suggestions that don’t take into consideration travel time between venues or of other traditions that might be a part of your day.


First Look

1.5 hours - Getting ready / details

1.5 hours - First look / bride and groom portraits

1 hour - Bridal party portraits

0.5 hour - Freshen up / ceremony detail photos

0.5 hour - Ceremony

0.5 hour - Family portraits

1 hour - Cocktail hour / reception decor photos

2.5 hours - Reception



2 hours - Getting ready / details

0.5 hour - Ceremony

0.5 hour - Family portraits

1.5 hours - First look / bride and groom portraits

1 hour - Bridal party portraits

1 hour - Cocktail hour / reception decor photos

2.5 hours - Reception

If you can afford a wedding planner I highly recommend using one, even if you only have the budge for day of coronation. There are many other time-line that need to be made as well coordinating all the other vendors, helping make the day run smoothly.

Here are some of my favourite Calgary Wedding Planners to work with:

Julianne Young Weddings / Mountain Bride / Lynn Fletcher Weddings / Jacqueline Rae

G&M | Lake Minnewanka Engagement Session

Love this session with G&M! Two of the most beautiful people inside and out. They live in California and are having a destination wedding in May at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louse. I can’t wait to see what the talented ladies at Julianne Young Weddings come up with.

Baby Arrow | Calgary Newborn Photographer

Seriously love this family, not only are the they just the cutes but the are the kindest humans I know. I’ve been so blessed to be able to capture so many lovely moments for them. To follow them on IG check out @conveythemoment and @thekindestplate.

Nursery details

Shiplap Wallpaper,  Peter Pan Sign, Llama Print (Home Sense, similar here), Cactus, Rocking Chair, Poof foot ottoman,  White Iron Crib, Boho Accent Pillows (Home Sense, similar here)Dresser Change Table, Rug (Home Sense, similar here), Baby SwaddlesFringe Mobile, Macrame Wall Hanging (Similar here), Wire Hanging ShelfVintage Boxes for Book ShelfAlphabet Blocks

The First Look

The first look is when the couple sees each other for the first time before the ceremony. I get some people have dreamt of that first look to be as the bride walks down the the aisle and I respect that. But here are a few reasons why I personally love the first look!

It works best with your time-line

If you are having a later ceremony then having a first look might make more sense for the flow of your day. If your ceremony leads into your cocktail hour then having your portraits done before the ceremony allows for candids with your guests during cocktails and detail photos of your reception. It’s also nice for your guest so that they don’t have a break in the day, especially for weddings where the ceremony and reception are at the same venue. For more details on time-line click here!

A personal and intimate moment

If you are the type who don’t like attention, seeing each other might give you a moment to relax and get some of the emotions out. It also give you your own personal moment to cry, laugh or hear how great each other looks. I’ve even had couple read their vows at this time. This might as well be your only alone time together the whole day. Seeing each other when walking down the aisle is still a very emotional moment, but it might make you feel more relaxed and present in that moment.

Spend more time together and with your guest

Instead of avoiding each other till the ceremony you get to spend more of the day together. As well enjoy cocktails with your guest instead of racing off to go have photos.

No matter what you choose the first time you see each other the moment will be special!

To see more of this gorgeous wedding day click here!

K&J | Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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Wedding Planner: Julianne Young Weddings || Venue: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise || Officiant: Tamara Jones || Bride's Dress: Pronovias, from The Bridal Boutique || Bride's Veil: Daphne Newman Design || Bride's Shoes: Valentino || Bride's Jewelry: Hillberg & Berk || Hair: Top Knot Brides || Makeup: Trena Laine || Groom's Attire: en-ti-tled || Groomsmen's Attire: en-ti-tled || Engagement Ring: Blue Nile || Wedding Bands: Blue Nile || Floral Design: Amborella Floral Studio || Paper Products: Plush Invitations || Catering: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise || Cake: Kake by Darci || Ceremony Music: Ensemble Cascade || Reception Music: Pez Productions || Rentals: Special Event RentalsModern Luxe Rentals || Videography: Parfait Productions

Cherry Creek Estates | Style Wedding Shoot

As seen in Rocky Mountain Bride magazine!

Venue – Cherry Creek Estate | Planning – Mountain Bride | Florals – MJs Floral Boutique | Stationary – Modernpulp | Makeup – Bellainins CandaceJmakeup | Hair – Vanity Room Ksiten Knight | Rentals – Modern Luxe and Special Events | Dress – Truvelle

C&S | Banff Springs Summer Wedding

As seen on Weddingbells top real weddings of 2018

Ceremony and reception venue: Fairmont Banff Springs || Bridal gown: Blush by Hayley Paige from The Bridal Boutique || Bridesmaid dresses: Occasions by Hayley Paige from Cameo & Cufflinks || Groom’s tux: Atelier by Ensemble Style || Wedding planner: Reflections Weddings || Flowers: Black Earth Floral Gallery || Stationery: Minted || Hair: Hair by Jessie Liao || Makeup: Avenue Beauty || Music: Duo d’Amore || Videographer: Parfait Productions