Every year, I get the question: How much time do we need for our wedding? The answer varies with so many factors: Are you doing a first look? What time is sunset? Are your ceremony and reception venues in different locations? Based on all of these factors, I created some wedding timeline templates I think will be helpful in planning your wedding day. As a photographer, I am typically covering anywhere between 8-12 hours but that all depends on you! Enjoy these free wedding timelines below!

Spring (March-May) 7PM Sunset or 8PM Sunset | Day light Savings Early March. 6:15PM Sunset if before DLS

First Look (Same Property)

1PM Kir Arrives to shoot Details 

1:30PM “Getting Ready” Photos (Matching PJS etc. Beauty DONE)

1:45PM Bride in Dress (Portraits putting one shoes/earrings etc)

2:15PM First Look

2:30PM Soonlywed Photos

3PM Bridesmaids + Groomsmen Photos (Group/One on Ones)

3:30PM Wedding Party All Together

4PM Family Photos

4:30PM Couple in Hiding *Kir Snaps Ceremony Details

5PM Ceremony

5:30PM Ceremony Complete 

5:35PM Extended Family Photos (Optional)

5:45PM Cocktail Hour *Kir Shoots Untouched Reception 

6:45PM Golden Hour Photos (weather/timing dependant)

7:15PM Intros + First Dance + Welcome Toast

7:30PM Dinner *Kir Break to Eat

8:15PM Speeches 

8:30PM Parent Dances

9PM Cake Cutting *Coverage Ends 

No First Look (Same Property) 

2:30PM Kir Arrives to shoot Details 

3PM “Getting Ready” Photos (Matching PJS etc. Beauty DONE)

3:30PM Bride in Dress (Portraits putting one shoes/earrings etc)

4PM Bridesmaids + Groomsmen Photos (Separated. Second Photog Needed)

4:30PM Couple in Hiding *Kir Snaps Ceremony Details

5PM Ceremony

5:30PM Ceremony Complete 

5:35PM Family Photos *Second Snaps Reception Details

6PM Wedding Party All Together

6:15PM Newlywed Photos

7PM Intros + First Dance + Welcome Toast

7:30PM Dinner *Kir Break to Eat

8:15PM Speeches 

8:30PM Parent Dances

8:45PM Open Dancing

9:30PM Cake Cutting 

10:30PM Sparkler Exit *Coverage Ends 

First Look (Different Locations) 

12PM Kir Arrives to shoot Details 

12:30PM “Getting Ready” Photos (Matching PJS etc. Beauty DONE)

1PM Bride in Dress (Portraits putting one shoes/earrings etc)

1:30PM First Look *Can be at Getting Ready Locale 

2PM Soonlywed Photos

2:30PM Bridesmaids + Groomsmen Photos (Group/One on Ones)

3PM Wedding Party All Together

3:30PM TRAVEL TO CEREMONY

4PM Family Photos

4:30PM Couple in Hiding *Kir Snaps Ceremony Details

5PM Ceremony

5:30PM Ceremony Complete 

5:35PM Extended Family Photos (Optional)

5:45PM TRAVEL TO RECEPTION

6:30PM Cocktail Hour *Kir Shoots Untouched Reception 

6:45PM  Golden Hour Photos (weather/timing dependant)

7:30PM Intros + First Dance + Welcome Toast

7:30PM Dinner *Kir Break to Eat

8:15PM Speeches 

8:30PM Parent Dances

9PM Cake Cutting *Coverage Ends 

No First Look (Different Locations)

2PM Kir Arrives to shoot Details 

2:30PM “Getting Ready” Photos (Matching PJS etc. Beauty DONE)

3PM Bride in Dress (Portraits putting one shoes/earrings etc)

3:30PM Bridesmaids + Groomsmen Photos (Separated. Second Photog Needed)

4PM TRAVEL TO CEREMONY

4:30PM Couple in Hiding *Kir Snaps Ceremony Details

5PM Ceremony

5:30PM Ceremony Complete 

5:35PM Family Photos *Second Snaps Reception Details

6PM Wedding Party All Together

6:15PM TRAVEL TO RECEPTION

6:45PM Newlywed Photos

7:30PM Intros + First Dance + Welcome Toast

8PM Dinner *Kir Break to Eat

8:45PM Speeches 

9PM Parent Dances

9:15PM Open Dancing

9:30PM Cake Cutting 

10PM Sparkler Exit *Coverage Ends 

Summer (June-August) 8:30PM Sunset or 7:45PM

*Optional 6PM Ceremony

First Look (Same Property)

1PM Kir Arrives to shoot Details 

1:30PM “Getting Ready” Photos (Matching PJS etc. Beauty DONE)

1:45PM Bride in Dress (Portraits putting one shoes/earrings etc)

2:15PM First Look

2:30PM Soonlywed Photos

3PM Bridesmaids + Groomsmen Photos (Group/One on Ones)

3:30PM Wedding Party All Together

4PM Family Photos

4:30PM Couple in Hiding *Kir Snaps Ceremony Details

5PM Ceremony

5:30PM Ceremony Complete 

5:35PM Extended Family Photos (Optional)

5:45PM Cocktail Hour *Kir Shoots Untouched Reception 

7PM Intros + First Dance + Welcome Toast

7:30PM Dinner *Kir Break to Eat

8PM Golden Hour Photos (weather/timing dependant)

8:15PM Speeches 

8:30PM Parent Dances

9PM Cake Cutting *Coverage Ends 

No First Look (Same Property)

2:30PM Kir Arrives to shoot Details 

3PM “Getting Ready” Photos (Matching PJS etc. Beauty DONE)

3:30PM Bride in Dress (Portraits putting one shoes/earrings etc)

4PM Bridesmaids + Groomsmen Photos (Separated. Second Photog Needed)

4:30PM Couple in Hiding *Kir Snaps Ceremony Details

5PM Ceremony

5:30PM Ceremony Complete 

5:35PM Family Photos *Second Snaps Reception Details

6PM Wedding Party All Together

6:15PM Newlywed Photos

7PM Intros + First Dance + Welcome Toast

7:30PM Dinner *Kir Break to Eat

8:15PM Speeches 

8:30PM Parent Dances

8:45PM Open Dancing

9:30PM Cake Cutting 

10:30PM Sparkler Exit *Coverage Ends 

First Look (Different Locations)

12PM Kir Arrives to shoot Details 

12:30PM “Getting Ready” Photos (Matching PJS etc. Beauty DONE)

1PM Bride in Dress (Portraits putting one shoes/earrings etc)

1:30PM First Look *Can be at Getting Ready Locale 

2PM Soonlywed Photos

2:30PM Bridesmaids + Groomsmen Photos (Group/One on Ones)

3PM Wedding Party All Together

3:30PM TRAVEL TO CEREMONY

4PM Family Photos

4:30PM Couple in Hiding *Kir Snaps Ceremony Details

5PM Ceremony

5:30PM Ceremony Complete 

5:35PM Extended Family Photos (Optional)

5:45PM TRAVEL TO RECEPTION

6:30PM Cocktail Hour *Kir Shoots Untouched Reception 

7:30PM Intros + First Dance + Welcome Toast

7:30PM Dinner *Kir Break to Eat

8PM Golden Hour Photos (weather/timing dependant)

8:15PM Speeches 

8:30PM Parent Dances

9PM Cake Cutting *Coverage Ends 

No First Look (Different Locations)

2PM Kir Arrives to shoot Details 

2:30PM “Getting Ready” Photos (Matching PJS etc. Beauty DONE)

3PM Bride in Dress (Portraits putting one shoes/earrings etc)

3:30PM Bridesmaids + Groomsmen Photos (Separated. Second Photog Needed)

4PM TRAVEL TO CEREMONY

4:30PM Couple in Hiding *Kir Snaps Ceremony Details

5PM Ceremony

5:30PM Ceremony Complete 

5:35PM Family Photos *Second Snaps Reception Details

6PM Wedding Party All Together

6:15PM TRAVEL TO RECEPTION

6:45PM Newlywed Photos

7:30PM Intros + First Dance + Welcome Toast

8PM Dinner *Kir Break to Eat

8:45PM Speeches 

9PM Parent Dances

9:15PM Open Dancing

9:30PM Cake Cutting 

10PM Sparkler Exit *Coverage Ends 

Fall (Sept-Nov) 7:30PM Sunset or 6:15PM | Daylight Savings early November. 5PM Sunset if after DLS

*Keep to 5PM Ceremony if early fall

First Look (Same Property)

12PM Kir Arrives to shoot Details 

12:30PM “Getting Ready” Photos (Matching PJS etc. Beauty DONE)

12:45PM Bride in Dress (Portraits putting one shoes/earrings etc)

1:15PM First Look

1:30PM Soonlywed Photos

2PM Bridesmaids + Groomsmen Photos (Group/One on Ones)

2:30PM Wedding Party All Together

3PM Family Photos

3:30PM Couple in Hiding *Kir Snaps Ceremony Details

4PM Ceremony

4:30PM Ceremony Complete 

4:35PM Extended Family Photos (Optional)

5:45PM Cocktail Hour *Kir Shoots Untouched Reception 

5:45PM Golden Hour Photos (weather/timing dependant)

6:15PM Intros + First Dance + Welcome Toast

6:30PM Dinner *Kir Break to Eat

7:15PM Speeches 

7:30PM Parent Dances

8PM Cake Cutting *Coverage Ends 

No First Look (Same Property)

1:30PM Kir Arrives to shoot Details 

2PM “Getting Ready” Photos (Matching PJS etc. Beauty DONE)

2:30PM Bride in Dress (Portraits putting one shoes/earrings etc)

3PM Bridesmaids + Groomsmen Photos (Separated. Second Photog Needed)

3:30PM Couple in Hiding *Kir Snaps Ceremony Details

4PM Ceremony

4:30PM Ceremony Complete 

4:35PM Family Photos *Second Snaps Reception Details

5PM Wedding Party All Together

5:15PM Newlywed Photos

6PM Intros + First Dance + Welcome Toast

6:30PM Dinner *Kir Break to Eat

7:15PM Speeches 

7:30PM Parent Dances

7:45PM Open Dancing

8:30PM Cake Cutting 

9:30PM Sparkler Exit *Coverage Ends 

First Look (Different Locations)

11PM Kir Arrives to shoot Details 

11:30PM “Getting Ready” Photos (Matching PJS etc. Beauty DONE)

12PM Bride in Dress (Portraits putting one shoes/earrings etc)

12:30PM First Look *Can be at Getting Ready Locale 

1PM Soonlywed Photos

1:30PM Bridesmaids + Groomsmen Photos (Group/One on Ones)

2PM Wedding Party All Together

2:30PM TRAVEL TO CEREMONY

3PM Family Photos

3:30PM Couple in Hiding *Kir Snaps Ceremony Details

4PM Ceremony

4:30PM Ceremony Complete 

4:35PM Extended Family Photos (Optional)

4:45PM TRAVEL TO RECEPTION

5:30PM Cocktail Hour *Kir Shoots Untouched Reception 

5:45PM  Golden Hour Photos (weather/timing dependant)

6:30PM Intros + First Dance + Welcome Toast

6:30PM Dinner *Kir Break to Eat

7:15PM Speeches 

7:30PM Parent Dances

8PM Cake Cutting *Coverage Ends 

No First Look (Different Locations)

1PM Kir Arrives to shoot Details 

1:30PM “Getting Ready” Photos (Matching PJS etc. Beauty DONE)

2PM Bride in Dress (Portraits putting one shoes/earrings etc)

2:30PM Bridesmaids + Groomsmen Photos (Separated. Second Photog Needed)

3PM TRAVEL TO CEREMONY

3:30PM Couple in Hiding *Kir Snaps Ceremony Details

4PM Ceremony

4:30PM Ceremony Complete 

4:35PM Family Photos *Second Snaps Reception Details

5PM Wedding Party All Together

5:15PM TRAVEL TO RECEPTION

5:45PM Newlywed Photos

6:30PM Intros + First Dance + Welcome Toast

7PM Dinner *Kir Break to Eat

7:45PM Speeches 

8PM Parent Dances

8:15PM Open Dancing

8:30PM Cake Cutting 

9PM Sparkler Exit *Coverage Ends 

Winter (Dec-Feb) Sunset 5pm or 6PM  *First Look Always Suggested 

First Look (Same Property)

12PM Kir Arrives to shoot Details 

12:30PM “Getting Ready” Photos (Matching PJS etc. Beauty DONE)

12:45PM Bride in Dress (Portraits putting one shoes/earrings etc)

1:15PM First Look

1:30PM Soonlywed Photos

2PM Bridesmaids + Groomsmen Photos (Group/One on Ones)

2:30PM Wedding Party All Together

3PM Family Photos

3:30PM Couple in Hiding *Kir Snaps Ceremony Details

4PM Ceremony

4:30PM Ceremony Complete 

4:35PM Extended Family Photos OR Golden Hour

5:45PM Cocktail Hour *Kir Shoots Untouched Reception 

6:15PM Intros + First Dance + Welcome Toast

6:30PM Dinner *Kir Break to Eat

7:15PM Speeches 

7:30PM Parent Dances

8PM Cake Cutting *Coverage Ends 

First Look (Different Locations)

11PM Kir Arrives to shoot Details 

11:30PM “Getting Ready” Photos (Matching PJS etc. Beauty DONE)

12PM Bride in Dress (Portraits putting one shoes/earrings etc)

12:30PM First Look *Can be at Getting Ready Locale 

1PM Soonlywed Photos

1:30PM Bridesmaids + Groomsmen Photos (Group/One on Ones)

2PM Wedding Party All Together

2:30PM TRAVEL TO CEREMONY

3PM Family Photos

3:30PM Couple in Hiding *Kir Snaps Ceremony Details

4PM Ceremony

4:30PM Ceremony Complete 

4:35PM Extended Family Photos OR Golden Hour

4:45PM TRAVEL TO RECEPTION

5:30PM Cocktail Hour *Kir Shoots Untouched Reception 

5:45PM  Golden Hour Photos (weather/timing dependant)

6:30PM Intros + First Dance + Welcome Toast

6:30PM Dinner *Kir Break to Eat

7:15PM Speeches 

7:30PM Parent Dances

8PM Cake Cutting *Coverage Ends 

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