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Tips for Your Wedding Day Schedule

January 29, 2019

Filed in: Planning Tips

Here are 5 Tips from a Miami Wedding Photographer for your wedding day schedule to help you enjoy your wedding day.

Looking for a few Tips for your Wedding Day Schedule? You know that anxious feeling when you’re running late to something that’s important? Are you wondering how to avoid that feeling and the stress that comes with it on your wedding day? Here are 4 examples of realistic Wedding Day Schedules that will allow to authentically experience your wedding day, create amazing memories for years to come and have beautiful Photos to remember it all with.

Full Day Wedding Schedule With a First Look 

Total Time 12 hour

50 Minutes-hour Details and Candids while getting ready.

1.5 hours Groom coverage Options – Getting Dressed, Grooms Portraits, Reading Letter, and Opening Gift, First Look With Parents, Immediate Family Portraits, Photos with Grooms-men.

2 hours Bride coverage, Options – Mini Boudoir, Getting Dressed, Bridal Portraits, Reading Letter and Opening Gift, First Look With Parents, Immediate Family Photos, Reveal With Bridesmaids, Photos with Bridesmaids.

1 hour First Look and Bride and Grooms Portraits.

45 minutes Bridal Party Photos .

45 minutes before ceremony Couple hides away (Photographer shoots ceremony, cocktail, reception details and preps for ceremony and reception.)

Ceremony 45 minutes.

1 hour – Cocktail Hour.

10 minutes regroup and organize for family photos.

30 minutes Family Photos.

15 minutes Bride and Groom Sunset Photos.

15 minutes Couple refreshes, the dress is bustled and everyone lines up for a grand entrance.

2.5 hours Reception Coverage (Grand Entrance, First Dances Speeches, Dinner, Cake Cutting, Garter and Bouquet Toss and then Open Dancing.)

Full Day Wedding Schedule Without a First Look 

Total Time 12 hours

50 Minutes-hour Details and Candids while getting ready

1.5 hours Groom coverage Options – Getting Dressed, Grooms Portraits, Reading Letter, and Opening Gift, First Look With Parents, Immediate Family Portraits, Photos with Grooms-men

2 hours Bride coverage, Options – Mini Boudoir, Getting Dressed, Bridal Portraits, Reading Letter and Opening Gift, First Look With Parents, Immediate Family Photos, Reveal With Bridesmaids, Photos with Bridesmaids

45 minutes before ceremony Couple hides away (Photographer shoots ceremony, cocktail, reception details and preps for ceremony and reception)

Ceremony 45 minutes

10 minutes regroup and organize for family photos

1 hour 45 minutes- Extended or Delayed Cocktail Hour

45 minutes Entire Bridal Party and Family Photos

45 minutes Bride and Grooms Portraits

15 minutes Couple refreshes, the dress is bustled and everyone lines up for the grand entrance

2.5 hours Reception Coverage (Grand Entrance, First Dances Speeches, Dinner, Cake Cutting, Garter and Bouquet Toss and then Open Dancing)

8 Hour Wedding Day With a First Look

Total Time 8 hours

1-hour Details, Bride coverage- Getting Dressed, Bridal Portraits

30 minutes Groom Portraits

20 mins Travel to Venue

45 Minutes First Look and Bride and Groom Portraits

30 minutes Group Bridal Party Photos

30 minutes before ceremony Couple hides away (Photographer shoots ceremony, cocktail, details and preps for ceremony and reception)

45 Ceremony

10 minutes regroup and organize for family photos

30 Minutes Family Photos

15 minutes Sunset Photos

15 minutes Couple refreshes, the dress is bustled and everyone lines up for the grand entrance

2.5 hours Reception Coverage (Grand Entrance, First Dances Speeches, Dinner, Cake Cutting, Garter and Bouquet Toss and then Open Dancing)

8 Hour Wedding Day Without a First Look

1 hour 20 minutes Bride coverage- Getting Dressed, Bridal Portraits, Group Portrait with Bridesmaids

45 minutes Groom Portraits and Group Portrait with Groomsmen

20 mins Travel to Venue

30 minutes before ceremony Couple hides away (Photographer shoots ceremony, cocktail, and preps for ceremony and reception)

45 Ceremony

1 hour 45 minutes- Extended or Delayed Cocktail Hour

10 minutes regroup and organize for family photos

30 Minutes Entire Bridal Party and Family Photos

45 minutes Bride and Groom Photos

15 minutes Couple refreshes, the dress is bustled and everyone lines up for the grand entrance (Photographer shoots reception details before guests enter)

2.5 hours Reception Coverage (Grand Entrance, First Dances Speeches, Dinner, Cake Cutting, Garter and Bouquet Toss and then Open Dancing)

I hope these sample timelines give you an idea of how your wedding day can flow so that you don’t have to rush and get to enjoy it. Keep in mind that every wedding is unique which I work with each couple to create a customized timeline highlighting the moments and people that you care about most. Enjoying your wedding day with the people who you love is what’s important.

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