Nicole | Business | Weddings | 14th January 2013
A wedding is a whirlwind of events, gone in the blink of an eye. As wedding photographers one of the most popular questions we get asked is how much time do I need to allow for photographs? So we would like to make the process a little simpler by our wedding day photo timeline. It is only a suggestion, so we are happy to work in with your plans, but if you would like to maximise your photography coverage on the day, this is what we recommend.
GROOM’S PREPARATIONS – 1HR
As the groom has less to do in preparation for the ceremony, we photograph his preparations first. Generally we need between 45mins to 1hr to capture the boys details, them getting ready, group shots and of course some shots of the groom looking handsome. If the groom’s parents are ready and present during this time, we will capture a few shots of the groom with his parents. If not, we will do this prior to the ceremony beginning.
The time it takes to travel from the groom’s location to the bride’s location. We also allow an extra 5-10mins in case of any traffic dramas.
BRIDE’S PREPARATIONS – 1HR 30MINS
We generally spend a little longer with the bride as there are more details (flowers, shoes, dress, jewellery, perfume) and getting ready shots to photograph. Then we capture some gorgeous groups shots, portraits of the bride looking stunning and a few shots with the bride and her parents.
It is also really important to note that you educate your hair and make up artists that the photographer will be arriving at this time and that they need to be finished (or at least doing final touches). I’ve had hair and make up artists run up to an hour late. This severely impacts the time that you get for photographs and adds another layer of stress to the day. Make sure that you have a lengthy chat to your hair and make up artist so they are educated as to what you would like done and they advise you of how long they will need in order to be finished on time.
The time it takes to travel from the bride’s location to the ceremony. We like to arrvie at the ceremony a little bit earlier to capture guests arriving, introduce ourselves to the celebrant/ pastor and if the reception is being held at the same location we will photograph the room details then. Again we allow an extra 5-10mins in case of any traffic dramas.
CEREMONY – 30MINS – 1HR
Depending on the type of ceremony that you are having the length can vary. We are always generous with our timings here as we like to give you time to be congratulated by your family and friends at the end of the ceremony.
FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS – 30MINS
Once you have been congratulated by your friends and family, we will gather everyone for a group photograph before we start family photographs. We will work off the list of photographs that you provided us. We will try and be as methodical and quick as possible.
If we are travelling to a different location for your location photographs we will have to allow some time to get your bridal party into the cars and the time it takes to get to the location.
LOCATION PHOTOS – 1-2HRS
We like to allow at least 1hr if you are travelling to another location/s for your location photographs. If you would like to go to multiple locations 2-3max then we would recommend at least 2hrs.
The time it takes to travel back from your location photos to your reception venue. We try to arrive a little bit before you are due to enter the reception.
Depending on whether or not you are having reception coverage, we will arrive back a little earlier to photograph a mock cake cut and first dance if we are not staying for reception coverage. All of our packages include the first hour of reception coverage in order to capture photographs of your guests at the reception venue and everything that unfolds during that first hour. If we are photographing the reception, this will give you a little time to freshen up before you make your grand entrance. We will then photograph the night, a magical crazy booth and it’s events as it unfolds.
Remember this timeline is only a guide and we like to be as flexible as possible with our couples to ensure that they get the most out of their day and also the best possible photographs.