Thursday, February 3, 2011


Peter and I hear this question often. We don’t think there is a one size fits all answer for this.  There are many factors involved such as size of the wedding party/family,number of guests, location of ceremony & reception, number of formals to be done, etc.

To determined how much coverage you need, first you have to think of what you want to cover like getting ready, pre-ceremony, ceremony, formals, reception pictures, and dance pictures.
We personally start wedding coverage, one hour before the ceremony if couples opt not to have the “Fist Look”. Since our goal is to tell their wedding day story through photos we want to capture getting ready shots and details photos (wedding dress, shoes, rings, bouquet etc.).  We also use this time to photograph the ceremony and reception details as well.

To give you an idea of how much time you need to budget for we created a “Wedding Day Photography Time Line”.  Granted every wedding is different; therefore this is only the general schedule we like to follow. When deciding on how much wedding coverage you need, remember to allow some time cushion in case things run a little late, and believe me they probably will. If you have any thought on this or just want to give your two cents worth please leave a comment below…


 1:30 pm
- Wedding Coverage begins
- Details (wedding dress, shoes, jewelry, invitations, bouquet, rings, etc)
-  Last minute makeup & hair touchups

2:00 pm

- Dress on
- Final touches
- Candid photos of bride with mom & bride’s maids


- First Look
- Bride & Groom Portraits
-  Solo Portraits

3:00 pm

- Bridal party pictures
- Bride with her bridesmaids
- Groom with his groomsmen
- Entire group

3:30 pm - Family Photos


- Bride is tucked away from guests
- Photographer shoots ceremony & reception details

4:30 pm - Ceremony begins

5:00 pm - Ceremony ends

5:10 pm  -  Couple’s sunset photos

5:30 pm  -  Couple Joins cocktail hour

5:45 pm  - Grand Entrance to reception

5:50 pm - First dance

6:00 pm - First course served

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