The Best Wedding Day Timeline | Kaci Lou Photography

The Best Wedding Day Timeline

The best wedding day timeline is one that ensures you get all the photos you want from the most important day of your life! Here are 3 tips to help you get the most out of your day with a stellar timeline.

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  1. Consider the location, weather, and sunset. Always plan for your ceremony to be about an hour before sunset; That way when we do the family photos after the ceremony we get gorgeous golden hour light!

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2. Always leave wiggle room! Leave extra time for traveling between locations and for getting ready. Pro tip-have your makeup and hair stylist finish your look first then do the bridesmaids. Most weddings get behind because of the getting ready phase!

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3. Hiring a wedding planner will save you so much time and stress! They plan tons of weddings whereas this is your first time; let them take care of you and make sure everything is how you want it to be. Day-of-Coordinators really help to keep things on schedule as well.

Here is the time I ask for as a photographer-

30 minutes for details-The venue, your bouquet, shoes, dress, etc

30 minutes of bridal prep-Final shots of your makeup and hair being done then putting on dress

15 minutes Bridals

15 minutes of groom prep-Like putting on shoes and tie

30-60 minutes-First Look

30 minutes-Bridal Party Portraits

30 minutes-Family Portraits

Then the rest I capture candidly as it happens during the ceremony and reception. Ceremonies usually are 20-30 minutes, sometimes longer if you have your own unique additions like singing to each other or a unity ceremony. Receptions that serve meal or dessert, have bouquet/garter toss, and toasts are usually 2-3 hours, or 4-5 hours with dancing.


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Outdoor bride and groom photo By Kaci Lou Photography

November 22, 2017

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