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  • Writer's pictureTim Jeghers

What do some wedding photography timelines look like?


You may have asked yourself, "How did other couples plan their weddings in regards to the timeline?"


Depending on if you are looking for photo and/or video these timelines may give you some insight.



Here are some samples from real weddings outlining 5, 8, and 12 hour days.



5 Hour Wedding Timeline

(Video Coverage | 1 Location)

4:30pm First Look

5:30pm Guests arrive

5:45pm Mariachi Mi Mexico arrives

6:00pm Ceremony begins

6:30pm Bride and groom photos, and appetizers and cocktail hour

7:30pm Bridal party entrances and Lion Dance performance

7:45pm Thank You Speech

7:47pm Dinner begins immediately after

8:05pm Table visits

8:35pm Speeches (4)

9:00 pm Cake cutting

9:05pm First Dance

9:10pm Mother-Daughter dance

9:15pm Mother-Son dance

9:30pm Coverage Wraps



8 Hour Wedding Timeline

(Photo + Video Coverage | 1 Location)


1:00pm Getting Ready Photos / Video Candids

3:00pm First Look / Couple Portraits / Video Candids

3:30pm Family Photos / Video Candids

4:00pm Video Preps for ceremony coverage and captures guests shots

4:40pm Mic the Groom and Officiant

5:00pm Ceremony

5:20pm Cocktail Hour, Guests, Decor, and Detail shots

5:25 - 5:45pm Tim does extended family photos

6:15pm Dinner seating begins

6:25pm Ariane and Michael make entrance from Juliet Balcony

6:30pm Welcome Toast by Jim and Elisabeth

6:50pm Vendor meals served

7:45pm Toasts

8:03pm B+G First Dance, Parent Dances, Open Dancing

8:20pm Sunset Photos

9:00pm Video and Photo Wrap


12 Hour Wedding Timeline (Photo + Video Coverage | 4 Locations)


9:00am Arrival at SF Fairmont (Location 1)

9:00am Detail Shots & Getting Ready Photos

9:45am Getting in Dress

10:00am First Look & Lobby Photos


10:30am Transit to City Hall ~10 minute drive with small time cushion


10:50am Arrival SF City Hall (Location 2)

11:00am Wedding Ceremony 4th Floor

11:30am Photos in City Hall

12:00pm Photos outside

12:30pm Depart for Palace of Fine Arts ~15-20 minute drive time


1:00pm Arrival at Palace of Fine Arts (Location 3)

1:00pm Photos

2:00pm Depart Palace of Fine Arts


SF to Pleasanton Transit is 1.5 - 2.5 hours depending on traffic


4:00pm Arrive at Ruby Hill (Location 4)

Bride and Groom freshen up


5:00pm Cocktail Hour + Photos (Couple Joins Cocktail Hour)

6:00pm Reception Grand Entrance

6:05pm Welcome Speech

6:10pm First Dance

6:15pm Dinner

6:35pm Couple slips out for portraits

6:37pm Golden Hour Photos

7:00pm Sunset

7:10pm Continue Reception Activities

  • Speeches

  • Couples Thank You Speech

  • Parent Dances

  • Bouquet

  • Garter

  • Cake

  • Open Dancing

9:00pm Photo / Video Coverage Ends


Even though you may have a planner or coordinator helping you with the timeline, we always like to be involved to ensure a smooth flow throughout the day.


We hope you find these samples helpful!

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