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From Engagement to ‘I Do’: Crafting Your Perfect Wedding Photography Timeline

Updated: Jun 6

Wedding Photographer Planning Tips Timeline

Creating a seamless wedding photography timeline is crucial for capturing all the special moments of your big day. Here's a detailed timeline to ensure nothing is missed, from engagement sessions to the final send-off.

1. Engagement Session (6-12 Months Before the Wedding) Start your photography journey with an engagement session. This not only gives you beautiful photos to announce your engagement but also helps you get comfortable in front of the camera. Schedule this session 6-12 months before the wedding to give you plenty of time to use the photos for save-the-dates and other pre-wedding announcements.

2. Pre-Wedding Preparations (1-2 Months Before the Wedding) Meet with your photographer to discuss the wedding day timeline in detail. This is the time to go over must-have shots, family photo lists, and any special moments you want to be captured. Confirm the schedule, locations, and any logistical details to ensure a smooth day.

3. Getting Ready (2-3 Hours Before the Ceremony) On the wedding day, start with the getting-ready shots. These candid moments capture the excitement and anticipation of the day. Photographers typically spend 1-2 hours with the bride and groom separately to document hair, makeup, and those final touches.

4. First Look and Portraits (1-2 Hours Before the Ceremony) If you’re planning a first look, this is the time for it. This private moment between the couple before the ceremony makes for some beautiful, emotional shots. Following the first look, take time for bridal party and family portraits. This helps to alleviate some of the photo-taking pressure after the ceremony.

5. Ceremony to Reception (Throughout the Day) During the ceremony, your photographer will capture the key moments—walking down the aisle, exchanging vows, the first kiss, and the joyful exit. After the ceremony, allocate some time for additional family and group photos. As the reception begins, the photographer will capture the big moments like the first dance, speeches, cake cutting, and candid guest interations. Be sure to go over these details together beforehand to ensure everyone is on the same page.

6. Final Send-Off (End of the Night) Plan for a memorable send-off, whether it’s sparklers, confetti, or a romantic car departure. These shots bookend the story of your day perfectly.

By following this timeline and coordinating closely with your photographer, you can ensure that every important moment is beautifully captured. If you have any questions or need further guidance, don't hesitate to reach out. We're also excited to announce our upcoming Wedding and Elopement Planning Guide. Even if you don’t book with us, this comprehensive guide can be purchased to help you plan a stress-free and beautiful wedding. Millwood Photography clients will receive it upon booking. Let's make your big day as perfect as you've always imagined!


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