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.
If you can afford a wedding planner I highly recommend using one, there are many other time-line that need to be made as well coordinating all the other vendors, helping make the day run smoothly. For more on why to hire a wedding planner check out our friends at Julianne Young Weddings.
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