This article will provide you an idea on how to plan your wedding timeline and book the perfect hours for your wedding photography service.

Your Ideal Wedding Photography Hours?

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Most of the wedding photography packages in the market are based on the number of hours of photoshoot needed. Of course, you want to have all the important moments of your day to be captured. If you hire for fewer hours than what you anticipate, you will end up paying for overtime or risk the photographer’s unavailability. You also don’t want to waste your wedding budget for extra hours that you don’t really need.

Every wedding is unique and every couple has different cultures and traditions to follow. Some traditional weddings even involve activities that last for a couple of days. In this article, I will focus on the most common weddings that only complete in a day. You can refer to ceremony start time, and from there you can then plan it backward and forward to get a draft of your wedding timeline.

6 Hours of Intimate Wedding Photography

Six hours of photography allow 3 options to choose from. Based on your needs, you can either go for getting ready photos, or decide to have first look photos or capture a lot of fun dancing photos with sparkling exit. The timeline will work provided your ceremony and reception are at the close proximity.

TimeGetting ReadyFirst LookSparkler Exit
2:00Bride & bridesmaids
getting ready
Set up for the first look
2:15First Look
2:30Couple portrait
3:00Groom & groomsmen
getting ready
Wedding party pictures
3:30Guests arrivingGuests arrivingGuests arriving
3:45Ceremony details/ decorCeremony details/ decorCeremony details/ decor
4:00Wedding ceremonyWedding ceremonyWedding ceremony
4:30Family & couple portraitFamily & couple portraitFamily & couple portrait
4:50Wedding party pictureSunset newlywed pictureWedding party picture
5:00Sunset newlywed pictureSunset newlywed picture
5:15Reception detailsReception detailsReception details
5:30Grand entranceGrand entranceGrand entrance
5:35ToastToastToast
6:00DinnerDinnerDinner
7:00First dance & Parent danceFirst dance & Parent danceFirst dance & Parent dance
7:10Open dancingOpen dancingOpen dancing
7:45Cake cuttingCake cuttingCake cutting
7:55Bouquet & garter tossBouquet & garter tossBouquet & garter toss
8:00Photographer departsPhotographer departsOpen dancing
9:15Sparkler Exit
9:30Photographer departs

8 Hours of Big Day Wedding Photography

Eight hours of wedding photography is the most popular duration and it will cover for almost all the activities from begin to end. If your reception is located at a different place from the ceremony and you want to capture getting ready, first look, and a lot of dancing photos then 8 hours will work best for you.

TimeTraditionalFirst Look
1:00Bride & bridesmaid
getting ready
2:00Bride & bridesmaids
getting ready
Groom & groomsmen
getting ready
2:30Set up for the first look
2:45First Look
3:00Groom & groomsmen
getting ready
Couple portrait
3:30Guests arrivingGuests arriving
3:45Ceremony details/ decorCeremony details/ decor
4:00Wedding ceremonyWedding ceremony
4:30Family & couple portraitFamily & couple portrait
4:50Wedding party pictureWedding party picture
5:00Sunset newlywed pictureSunset newlywed picture
5:15Reception detailsReception details
5:30Grand entranceGrand entrance
5:35ToastToast
6:00DinnerDinner
7:00First dance & Parent danceFirst dance & Parent dance
7:10Open dancingOpen dancing
8:00Cake cuttingCake cutting
8:10Bouquet & garter tossBouquet & garter toss
8:20Open dancingOpen dancing
8:50Sparkler Exit
9:00Photographer departs
9:50Sparkler Exit
10:00Photographer departs

10 Hours of Forevermore Wedding Photography

If you are having two ceremonies (such as a morning tea ceremony and a traditional afternoon or evening ceremony), you should then consider to book for 10 hours of wedding photography service. In some weddings, there will be a gap of time between the end of ceremony and the start of reception (such as church weddings), this 10 hours photography will be ideal for you too.

TimeTraditional ChurchTwo Ceremony
10:00Morning tea ceremony
10:30Bride & bridesmaids
getting ready
11:30Groom & groomsmen
getting ready
12:00Wedding ceremony– Break –
1:00Family & couple portrait
2:00Optional break/ Couple portrait
3:00Cocktail hourGetting ready photos for second
ceremony
4:00Reception detailsWedding ceremony
4:15Grand entrance
4:30ToastFamily & couple portrait
5:00DinnerSunset newlywed picture
5:15Reception details
5:30Grand entrance
5:35Toast
6:00First dance & Parent danceDinner
6:10Open dancing
7:00First dance & Parent dance
7:10Open dancing
7:45Cake cuttingCake cutting
7:55Bouquet & garter tossBouquet & garter toss
8:00Open dancingPhotographer departs
8:30Photographer departs

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