How to have your perfect wedding photos – plan a reality wedding day timeline

You’re going to invest a big portion of your wedding budget on your wedding photographs. So, how do you make sure they are everything you want them to be? How do you have your perfect wedding photos? With nearly 10 years of experience, photographing over 160 weddings and elopements, I’ve learned a few things that will make your wedding photography dreams come true.

This is part of a multi-part blog series of encouraging tips for achieving your perfect wedding photos. You can read all posts here: How to have your perfect wedding photographs!

Plan a reality wedding day timeline

One of the most important things you can do to make your wedding photography dreams come true is to plan a reality wedding day timeline. A reality-time timeline breaks down all the events of the day from when you wake up and begin getting ready, all the way through to when the party is over. It includes travel times to your venues, including loading and unloading people, buffer time for when something unexpected occurs, and time for bathroom breaks and snack attacks. And, most importantly, it factors in that one family member or groomsman who will go rogue before family photos can even begin.

Even if you aim for a relaxed and easy-going wedding day you need a proper timeline. Having a realistic timeline of everything that needs to be done and that will likely take place will keep things running smoothly. When you spell out how much time everything needs you’ll be able to enjoy your relaxed and easy-going day as envisioned.

Ask for help!

Before you begin working on your wedding timeline, I highly recommend reaching out to your wedding photographer. Your photographer is the only vendor who will be with you all day long unless you are working with a wedding planner. But, even then a planner does not always experience the exact ins and outs of the day with you the way your photographer will.

Your wedding photographer can provide you with experienced assistance to establish your timeline and they can also advise you about the best time of day for your outdoor ceremony and portraits. I always work closely with my couples on their timelines!