How to create an organized wedding day timeline

A wedding day timeline is a must for your big day, it helps the flow of everything from start to finish. The best way to create one is to start jotting down times as they are created, things can always be tailored. 

I think it’s best to start off from the very start of the day, or even the day prior. What time are you waking up? Where will you be located? When does hair and makeup begin? That is my cue to arrive, so that I can photograph all the beautiful details of your day: the dress, shoes, rings, veil, invitation suite, flowers, etc…

I also suggest giving yourself some breathing room, so if the hair and makeup are supposed to take two hours, let’s add in a 15-30 min buffer. It’s always better to have ample time than not enough. /

Creating a timeline is a collaborative effort between myself, the planner, and you, the couple. My timelines also include a list of the images I will create. For example, if I’m photographing the groomsmen getting ready, I note the images I plan to make (suit on hanger, shoes, best man/groom, etc…). The couple can also make notes for me if they have a particular image they want me to make, i.e. father/groom doing cheers. 

A comprehensive timeline doesn’t mean everything goes according to plan, because there are occasionally curve balls thrown, but it does mean we are literally on the same page every step of the way. 

As an Annapolis wedding photographer, I reference the timeline often (along with my watch) to be sure I am managing your time properly. Plus, we all know what’s expected and when, which takes the pressure off. It’s simply a must-have for a smooth wedding day. 

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