Below you'll find what a standard timeline looks like with a first look. It is simply an example and nothing is set in stone. We have found that something similar to this works best and is the most efficient for our couple to both enjoy time with family and guests while still maximizing time for photography. If you decide on foregoing a first look then simply bump everything up 15 min. If this timeline works for you, notate that below, if you have revisions to this timeline copy and past and add your new timeline below. If your planner is working on the timeline, please refrain from submitting this form until you are able to add it here.
1:00 lead photographer arrives and photographs prep + detail (to streamline the day, please have a well-lit, tidy room, blinds open to ensure that we have all the natural light we can get and have everything laid out that is to be photographed-- this often includes but is not limited to dress, shoes, jewelry, rings, bouquet, stationery, any heirloom pieces, etc. bring an extra invitation suite if you'd like that included in your gallery as well)
2:00 bridesmaids to put on dresses // final touches on bride hair and makeup
2:00 groom prep + portraits (2nd photographer arrives)
2:30 bride puts on dress // bridal portraits (time
permitting) bride with MOB/FOB/bridal party portraits if applicable
3:00 first look & wedding party photos
3:30 ceremony + reception site/details are photographed (please notify planner or your personal day of contact to prevent guests from altering ceremony + reception site until ALL details are photographed)
4:30 cocktail hour/traditional family portraits (please be sure all immediate family members you'd like photographed are present at this time)
5:30 finish up any wedding party photos
6:00 couple portraits (just the couple pretty please)
6:45 reception announcement/dinner/toasts throughout courses - (should meals be provided, please notify caterer/venue/planner that photographers are to be served with the wedding party/family to ensure that no major reception events is missed!)
7:30 dinner concludes/parent dances (if applicable)
7:45 first dance (this sequence, first dance after parent dances, always works best for photos)
8:00 cake cutting (if applicable)
8:15 garter/bout toss (if applicable) and/or open dancing coverage
9:00 photographer departure
Names of all vendors and businesses that contributed to your wedding day (wedding coordinator, officiant, florist, hair and makeup artists, attire -- (bridal gown designer/bridal gown shop/shoes/jewelry/ grooms/groomsmen designer/bridesmaid dresses- if applicable), stationery/invites, signage, DJ, baker, calligrapher, decor, rentals, etc.)
Aside from the usual couple portraits and family/wedding party, please notate special family shots you are wanting (limit to no more than ten groupings).
This is not the standard shot list one finds online, as per our contract we do not accept photo shot lists, this is more of refined guide, so very specific details of your day that might be missed or certain people that are super important to you that is again, outside of the standard wedding list. For example, "a posed shot of family traveling from out of state" (find best man to gather family for this shot), or a heirloom detail that is a part of your day, nursing school buddy shot etc. etc. No need to list bride with brides family, bride with mom, etc. but more the unique groupings we might not know to get!
Also please note any sensitive family dynamics that we need to be made aware of, for example "don't place ___ next to ___ during family portraits", or "no need to ask for solo shots of FOB and MOB, as they are no longer together".