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With over 17 years of experience as a wedding photographer, I definitely have some insights into what makes the perfect wedding day timeline. These times vary per season based on lighting but they all have one thing in common. They include a first look. While this can be controversial, believe me, I myself was team “keep it for the aisle” on my own wedding. If you ask me now, “do I regret it?”, the answer is yes, I had a very small elopement-style wedding and made a game-day decision to wave off photos because I didn’t want to leave our family and friends. We were tired after and decided that we would do photos another day. We never ended up doing them and so we have no formal wedding photos at all. I’m a wedding photographer with no good wedding photos. So tragic.
Reasons to do a “First Look” on your wedding day definitely outway the reasons not to.
It’s an intimate, beautiful moment between just the two of you
You can read your vows to each other privately
We can make it special and unique
You get the jitters out, you’ll be able to focus and be in the moment during the ceremony
Your hair, makeup, and flowers are fresh and will photograph better
Everyone is fresh and excited
your guests don’t have a big gap to wait between the ceremony and reception
You can enjoy your cocktail hour with guests or take a quiet moment for just the two of you to enjoy being newlyweds alone
You get all of the wedding party photos done during this time leaving them to go help with other things
Ideal Time Blocks for Wedding Day Photography
Whether you plan to do a first look or not here are the ideal photography time blocks for each part of your day. Use this to build your own custom wedding day timeline.
Getting ready photos 1.5-2 hours
Wedding Party formals 30 min
Couples formals 1 hour
Ceremony 30 min
Family Photos 30 min
Golden Hour Photos 20 min
If you want full coverage of your day you want your photographer to stay for your reception until at least 9 or 10 pm depending on when your dinner service ends. You need them to stay at least 30min after that to capture some of the dance party and any nighttime activities you have planned.