How To Plan Your Wedding With The Ultimate Wedding Photography Timeline Guide


Your wedding day is unique and requires its own customized schedule.  I am providing this planning page to break down an entire wedding day into blocks of time you can use to create your own custom timeline.  These are suggested time blocks and can be modified and moved around at your discretion.  Have fun, mix it up, and make your ideal wedding day schedule today!


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Getting Ready Photos
Suggested Amount Of Time: 90 Minutes

Tips And Advice: Having ample time to photograph hair, makeup, wedding dress, shoes, and all other pre-wedding details gives a great foundation for your wedding photography story.  Often the most candid and unexpected photos happen while you and your bridal party are doing hair, telling stories, and drinking mimosas.  For your groom and groomsmen, assume an additional 10-15 minutes as they tend to take much less time.

First Look
Suggested Amount Of Time: 10 Minutes

Tips And Advice: To make the first look special, only you, your fiancee, and the photographer (me) should be there.  Doing so keeps this moment very intimate and can make it incredibly memorable for you.  I have plenty of unique and great first look ideas for your wedding day.

Wedding Party Photos
Suggested Amount Of Time: 30-45 Minutes

Tips And Advice: Having everyone organized and ready to go will expedite this time.  I will create traditional bridal party portraits and will then create fun and unique images that capture the group's personalities.  Keeping this time fun is important to get great photos.


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Just The Bride And Groom
Suggested Amount Of Time: 30 Minutes

Tips And Advice: This is the most creative time of the day and leads to some of the most artistic wedding images from the day.  It is your only wedding day, so spending some alone time creating memorable and unique bridal portraits captures the magic and love.  The more time that is allotted for this, the more creative the images will be.

Family Time
Suggested Amount Of Time: 30 Minutes

Tips And Advice: The key to having efficient family photos is for all family members to be present and ready prior to the scheduled time. I know which groupings to photograph, so it is important for everyone to be ready to go.  If everyone is present, the time allotted can be much less, and you will get to party even sooner!

Pre-Ceremony Hidden
Suggested Amount Of Time: 30 Minutes

Tips And Advice: This is the period of time just prior to the ceremony when you are hidden away from guests.  I will be photographing guests arriving, last minute preparations, and the groom and groomsman greeting people during this time.


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Wedding Venue
Suggested Amount Of Time: 15 Minutes

Tips And Advice: This time allows me to photograph the details of your church or ceremony venue.  Generally, these photos are taken when you and the bridal party are on the way to the ceremony or while you are hidden away just before the ceremony.

Reception Venue
Suggested Amount Of Time: 15 Minutes

Tips And Advice: This time allows me to photograph the details of your reception venue.  Generally, these photos are taken you and your bridal party are eating dinner.  Every Dayton Ohio photographer and Cincinnati Ohio photographer handles this time in his/her own way.

Reception Private Time
Suggested Amount Of Time: 10 minutes

Tips And Advice: During receptions, I take this time to photograph the the two of you alone during sunset or in a unique area of the reception venue.  These photos offer the you a short break from the reception activities and are often some of the most amazing images of the day!