Sample Timelines

Here’s the page that can be somewhat intimidating...The TIMELINE! I know this isn’t the most exciting aspect of the wedding day but this is the one thing that can make or break your photography! Keep in mind that all wedding days are different and your timeline may differ due to travel times, unique situations, if you opt out of a first look and if your wedding celebration will take place in winter.

Below you will find two 8 hour timelines that outline an ideal wedding day utilizing one photographer or two and working off of a 5pm ceremony time frame. These timelines are based on a wedding day where the ceremony and reception are both taking place at the same location. These ideal timelines are also based off of a wedding day that includes a first look. 90% of our couples choose to do a first look and if you have any questions regarding why you should consider one don't hesitate to reach out for answers. If you find you need some more help customizing your own timeline email us at rachel@rbuckleyphotography.com

*keep scrolling to review 6 hour timelines and timelines without a first look

8 hour day - 1 photographer

1:00 Photographers arrive

1:00-1:15 Bridal details

1:15-1:45 Bridal Prep / candids

1:45-2:00 Groom details

2:00-2:45 Groom Prep / candids

2:45-3:15 Bridesmaids / bride get dressed

3:15-3:30 First Look

3:30-4:00 Bride and groom portraits

4:00-4:30 Bridal Party Portraits

4:30 Photographs completed and bride in hiding

5:00-5:30 Ceremony

5:30-6:00 Family Portraits

5:30-6:30 Cocktail Hour

6:00-6:30 reception details

*depending on timing cocktail hour may not be covered

6:30 Guests invited to dinner

6:50 B&G entrance into First dance

7:15-8:15 Dinner served / cake cutting

*depending on the season sunset photographs will happen at some point in the evening

8:30 Parent Dances

8:45 Dance floor open

9:00 Photographer leaves

8 hour day - 2 photographers

2:00 Photographers arrive

2:00-2:15 Bridal details

2:15-2:45 Bridal Prep / candids

2:45-3:15 Bridesmaids / bride get dressed

*second photographer to photograph gentlemen

2:00-2:15 Groom details

2:15-3:15 Groom Prep / candids

*groomsmen portraits may be photographed during this time as well

3:15-3:30 First Look

3:30-4:00 Bride and groom portraits

4:00-4:30 Bridal Party Portraits

4:30 Photographs completed and bride in hiding

5:00-5:30 Ceremony

5:30-6:00 Family Portraits

5:30-6:30 Cocktail Hour

*2nd photographer to photograph reception details and candids at cocktail hour during this time

6:30 Guests invited to dinner

6:50 B&G entrance into First dance

7:15-8:15 Dinner served / cake cutting

*depending on the season sunset photographs will happen at some point in the evening

8:30 Parent Dances

8:45 Dance floor open

10:00 Photographers leave


Below you will find two 6 hour timelines that outline an ideal wedding day utilizing one photographer or two and working off of a 5pm ceremony time frame. These timelines are based on a wedding day where the ceremony and reception are both taking place at the same location. These ideal timelines are also based off of a wedding day that includes a first look. 90% of our couples choose to do a first look and if you have any questions regarding why you should consider one don't hesitate to reach out for answers. 

6 hour day - 1 photographer

2:30 Photographers arrive

2:30-2:45 Bridal details

2:45-3:00 Bridal Prep / candids

3:00-3:15 Groom details

3:15-4:00 Groom Prep / candids

4:00-4:30 Bridesmaids / bride get dressed

4:30-4:45 first look and Bride & groom portraits

4:45 Photographs completed and bride in hiding

5:00-5:30 Ceremony

5:30-6:15 Family Portraits and bridal party

5:30-6:30 Cocktail Hour

*guests invited to dinner 15 min prior to end of cocktail hour

6:15-6:30 reception details

*depending on timing cocktail hour may not be covered

6:15 Guests invited to dinner

6:30 B&G entrance into First dance

6:45-7:45 Dinner served / cake cutting

*depending on the season sunset photographs will happen at some point in the evening

8:00 Parent Dances

8:15 Dance floor open

8:30 Photographer leaves

6 hour day - 2 photographers

3:00 Photographers arrive

3:00-3:15 Bridal details

3:15-3:45 Bridal Prep / candids

3:45-4:15 Bridesmaids / bride get dressed

*second photographer to photograph gentlemen

3:00-3:15 Groom details

3:15-4:00 Groom Prep / candids

4:00-4:15 First Look

4:15-4:45 Bride and groom portraits

4:45 Photographs completed and bride in hiding

5:00-5:30 Ceremony

5:30-6:15 Family Portraits and bridal party

5:30-6:30 Cocktail Hour

*2nd photographer to capture reception details and candids at cocktail hour

6:30 Guests invited to dinner

6:50 B&G entrance into First dance

7:00-8:00 Dinner served / cake cutting

*depending on the season sunset photographs will happen at some point in the evening

8:15 Parent Dances

8:30 Dance floor open

9:00 Photographers leave


Sample Timelines without First Look

Below you will find an 8 hour and a 6 hour timeline that outlines an ideal wedding day utilizing two photographers, NO first look and working off of a 5pm ceremony time frame. This timeline is based on a wedding day where the ceremony and reception are both taking place at the same location.  

6 hour day - 2 photographers - No First Look

3:00 Photographers arrive

3:00-3:15 Bridal details

3:15-3:45 Bridal Prep / candids

3:45-4:15 Bridesmaids / bride get dressed

4:15-4:30 BRidesmaid portraits

*second photographer to photograph gentlemen

3:00-3:15 Groom details

3:15-4:00 Groom Prep / candids

4:00-4:15 Groomsmen Portraits

4:45 Photographs completed and bride in hiding

5:00-5:30 Ceremony

5:30-6:00 Family Portraits 

6:00-6:15 Full Bridal Party

6:15-6:45 Bride and groom portraits

5:30-6:30 Cocktail Hour

*2nd photographer to capture reception details and candids at cocktail hour

6:30 Guests invited to dinner

6:50 B&G entrance into First dance

7:00-8:00 Dinner served / cake cutting

*depending on the season sunset photographs will happen at some point in the evening

8:15 Parent Dances

8:30 Dance floor open

9:00 Photographers leave

8 hour day - 2 photographers - No First Look

2:45 Photographers arrive

2:45-3:00 Bridal details

3:00-3:30 Bridal Prep / candids

3:30-4:00 Bridesmaids / bride get dressed

4:00-4:15 Bridesmaid Portraits

*second photographer to photograph gentlemen

2:45-3:00 Groom details

3:00-3:30 Groom Prep / candids

3:30-3:45 Groomsmen Portraits

4:30 Photographs completed and bride in hiding

5:00-5:30 Ceremony

5:30-6:00 Family Portraits

6:00-6:15 Full Bridal Party Portraits

6:15-6:45 Bride and groom portraits

5:30-6:30 Cocktail Hour

*2nd photographer to photograph reception details and candids at cocktail hour during this time

6:30 Guests invited to dinner

6:50 B&G entrance into First dance

7:15-8:15 Dinner served / cake cutting

*depending on the season sunset photographs will happen at some point in the evening

8:30 Parent Dances

8:45 Dance floor open

10:00 Photographers leave