Wedding Photography Timeline


With the diversity of our weddings, it’s difficult to pin point an exact wedding photography timeline template as it varies greatly on how big of a Wedding you are having and also how many are in the Bridal Party. However, there are ideal time frames you should consider when planning your day. Some of these times may seem long on paper but keep in mind that:

1) The day will fly by.
2) Most weddings run slightly behind schedule.
3) We’ll make these photo sessions as fun as possible, so it won’t seem like a long time.

Of course each Wedding is different, and you may not want all of these shots listed, but it gives you an idea of what is offered and the time each takes. You are more than welcome to pick and choose exactly what you want! After all, it’s your Wedding Day!

Please keep in mind that we are in Montana, and that the Winter months can be very cold and snowy! (Especially from around November to March) so if you are planning your Wedding during this time of year and it is outdoors please be aware everyone will be cold and need breaks to warm up, therefore any outdoor photographs will take longer than stated below.


RINGS, DRESS, SHOES, AND OTHER DETAILS

• Ideal Time Allotment – 30 minutes.
• Ideal Time of the Day – Morning.
• Ideal Location – Bridal Suite, Hotel Suite, or Place where Bride is getting ready.

Advice – Having at least 30 minutes for details ensures that we have plenty of time to get that perfect photo of the dress, rings, shoes, bouquets, and the other details of the day.

There are times when a room is too crowded or simply unappealing and we have to take the down to the lobby, another location within the area you’re getting ready or even outside. This can take some time, but as you can see from the results, it’s well worth the additional work.

PREPARATION (Pre-Wedding)

• Ideal Time Allotment – 30-45 minutes for Bride, 15-30 minutes for Groom.
• Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Early Afternoon.
• Ideal Location – Bridal Suite, Hotel Suite, or Place where Bride is getting ready.

Advice – Having 30-45 minutes of preparation of the Bride is ideal for our style. During this time, we are getting close ups of the makeup and hair being applied as well as the candid moments and the bridesmaids and groomsmen get ready for the day.

Keep in mind that these are some of the most emotional and fun times of the day so you definitely don’t want to cut it short.

While it doesn’t take guys as long to get dressed, there are still tons of great moments during this time between the groom and his family and friends.

INDIVIDUAL PORTRAITS

• Ideal Time Allotment – 20-30 minutes.
• Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Early Afternoon.
• Ideal Location – Bridal Suite, Hotel Suite, Venue Lobby, or Venue Garden.

Advice – Right after prep is the best time for individual portraits of the bride and groom (separately).

Besides makeup and hair being completely fresh, the day hasn’t gotten hectic yet so we can take our time and really get those perfect portraits.

Also keep in mind that the window lighting in most hotel rooms create a unique look that can’t be duplicated in any environment throughout the rest of the day.

SNEAK PEEK

• Ideal Time Allotment – 15-20 minutes.
• Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Early Afternoon.
• Ideal Location – Venue Garden, Empty Venue Hallway (shaded areas with natural light).

Advice – A sneak peek should be around 15 to 20 minutes. During this time, the bride and groom won’t actually see each other, but rather be separated by a wall or other object where they cannot see each other, but rather hold hands.

CEREMONY DETAIL AND VENUE

• Ideal Time Allotment – 20-30 minutes.
• Ideal Location – Ceremony Site.
• Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Afternoon.

Advice – Please allow 20-30 minutes for us to take pictures of the ceremony site, completely set up with no guests or vendors in the area.

You’ll never get to see the complete set up of your ceremony site before any guests are seated so it’s important that we’re there to capture these images.

FORMALS (Post Ceremony)

• Ideal Time Allotment – at least 1 hour.
• Ideal Time of the Day – Morning, Afternoon or Evening (Post Ceremony).
• Ideal Location – Ceremony Site.

Advice – Formals should take around 1 hour depending on the size of your family and bridal party and also depending on who you want formal pictures with.

During this time, we get a variety of shots in a variety of poses. We start off with the basic, classic photos focused on great expressions and lighting with family and the bridal party. Then we move into a set of fun and creative shots.

We also recommend being very organized, with a list of groups and helpers from each side of the family to help round people up.

COUPLES SESSION

• Ideal Time Allotment – 20-30 minutes.
• Ideal Time of the Day – Late Afternoon (Sunset).
• Ideal Location – Venue Garden, Beach, Hotel Lobby, Park.

Advice – Couple session should be around 20-30 minutes and should take place ideally 30 to 45 minutes before sunset. This is the best time in terms of lighting. It also allows us to capture the awesome scenic shots with colorful skies. If your wedding is in downtown or in an area with tall buildings, it’s not as important for us to have this specific time frame (although it still helps). However, if you booked your venue because of the spectacular views of the mountains it’s essential to follow this advice in your timeline.

RECEPTION DETAIL AND VENUE

• Ideal Time Allotment – 20-30 minutes.
• Ideal Time of the Day – Early Evening.
• Ideal Location – Ceremony Site.

Advice – Please allow 20-30 minutes for the photographer to take pictures of the reception room, completely set up with no guests or vendors in the area. Similar to the ceremony details, this is the only opportunity we have to capture the beauty of the reception room prior to guest arrival.

COUPLES SESSION – RECEPTION SNEAK OUT

• Ideal Time Allotment – 10-20 minutes.
• Ideal Time of the Day – Dusk to Night Time.
• Ideal Location – Areas with interesting lights, fountains, city scapes and mirrors.

Advice – During the reception, you can sneak out for a couple of night shots. We only need 10-20 minutes, as we understand the importance of being a good host. However, this time is important of you appreciate the night photography that we deliver. The ideal time for this is right after you grab a bite to eat or maybe right when the dance floor opens up.

OTHER THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

Table Shots – Table shots are when you go around visiting tables. There are two options for photography during this time.

1) You can take formal pictures with each of these tables
2) we can simply focus on photojournalism, capturing the smiles and hugs as you mingle with each table.

If you’re planning on doing formal table shots, please keep in mind that these will take a significant time (up to 1 hour or more depending on the size of your wedding). We highly recommend option 2, the photojournalism route with exceptions for the VIP tables.