J&K'S GUIDE TO WEDDING TIMELINES!


When it comes to creating your wedding day timeline, you probably have a million questions and don't know where to start. There is so much to consider when creating your timeline, for example, sunset time, distance between locations, size of your wedding party, etc.

We have seen a lot of what works and a lot more of what doesn't work, which is why we've created this guide for you. With almost a decade of experience shooting weddings of all shapes and sizes, we want to give you all of our knowledge and work with you to create a timeline that gives you a relaxing, carefree wedding day.

To help get you started, here are some Frequently Asked Questions about timelines. Read through these and consider them before we dive into creating your wedding day timeline.

Where do we start?

When it comes to photography, everything starts with light. It is what matter most. And one of our favorite times of day for great light is just around sunset. So... start with sunset.

We generally want to be finishing your bride & groom portraits, which take about 45 minutes, just after the sun sets. Regardless of whether or not you do a first look, we'll be doing some portraits just around sunset on your wedding day.

So, start there and work around that. We address this more throughout our Timeline Guide so keep reading!


WHEN is the best time for PORTRAITS?

We usually want to be ending portraits just after the sun sets. Refer to our timeline guides below for our recommended amount of time for portraits.


FIRST Look, WHY OR WHY NOT?

A first look is a good option if you want to have the majority of your portraits finished prior to the ceremony. Personally, our favorite moment from our wedding was seeing each other for the first time during the ceremony. We encourage you to go with your gut when deciding whether or not to do a first sight.

They are logistically a great option and help things run very smoothly!


HOW DOES A FIRST LOOK WORK?

We will keep the bride and groom apart while they get ready and we will secure a private area where we’ll be able to best capture your first sight.

Like we said before, everything starts with light. So we'll be looking for the best light all day long, this includes where to have your first look.


DOES TRAVEL TIME COUNT TOWARDS OUR WEDDING DAY COVERAGE?

Yes it does! If your ceremony location is 30 minutes from your reception, that cuts into your wedding day coverage. We can always discuss this more as we get closer to the wedding day and add on coverage as needed.

What time should we schedule our ceremony?

There are a few things that come into play with scheduling your ceremony start time.

Your ceremony should end leaving enough time for us to capture sunset portraits & get into your reception before anyone else so we can get detail shots of all your decor.

You will also want to consider the length of your ceremony. Are you planning to have a short 20 minute ceremony or will you be having a full Catholic mass? The length of your ceremony should help you decide on when to start, ensuring that it will be over with plenty of light left to shoot portraits during sunset.

Lastly, are you having a first look and will we be shooting family portraits prior to the ceremony? If so, great! If not, be sure to leave plenty of time for these afterwards.


When do you normally start shooting?

We find that starting an hour before the bride gets into her dress gives us ample coverage of prep and leaves plenty of time for details and portraits.

Generally, we will both come to where the bride is getting ready and start with shooting the bride's details (dress, shoes, invitations, etc.) Then Jake will head over to where the guys are getting ready.


WHAT IF WE WANT MORE/LESS GROUPS THAN WHAT IS LISTED BELOW FOR FAMILY PHOTOS?

The list is simply a suggestion. We send out a pre-wedding questionnaire that will allow you to add your own custom list for Family Photos.

While you're compiling your list, understand that the more you have, the longer this will take. We suggest keeping it simply so that we don't cut into any portrait time between the bride & groom.


HOW DO WE DEVELOP OUR TIMELINE?

Consider the all of the information above when you develop your timeline and remember the amount of coverage that you’ve booked us for. You can always add on extra time if needed.

Below you will find our pre-made timelines with guidelines and suggestions. We suggest apply these to your own wedding day and remember that we work with you to create a timeline that gives you a relaxing, carefree wedding day.



PRE-MADE TIMELINES
with Guidelines and Suggestions

WITHOUT A FIRST LOOK

BEFORE THE CEREMONY

Bride’s Side - 2 hrs
• Bride's details
• Bride and bridesmaids prep
• Bride with all bridesmaids
• Bride with individual bridesmaids

Groom’s Side - 1.5 hrs
• Groom's details
• Groom and groomsmen prep
• Groom with all groomsmen
• Groom with individual groomsmen

AFTER THE CEREMONY

Family Photos - 30 min
• Bride & Groom with her immediate family & grandparents
• Bride & Groom with her immediate family
• Bride & Groom with her parents
• Bride & Groom with all grandparents
• Bride & Groom with her grandparents
• Bride & Groom with his grandparents
• Bride & Groom with his immediate family & grandparents
• Bride & Groom with his immediate family
• Bride & Groom with his parents
• Bride & Groom with both sets of parents
• Bride & Groom with both immediate families

Full Wedding Party Photos - 15 min

Bride & Groom Photos - 30/45 min

With a First Look

BEFORE THE CEREMONY

Bride’s Side - 1.5 hrs
• Bride's details
• Bride and bridesmaids prep

Groom’s Side - 1 hr
• Groom's details
• Groom and groomsmen prep

First Look and Bride & Groom Portraits - 45 min

Full Wedding Party Photos - 30 min
• Full wedding party together
• Bride with all bridesmaids
• Bride with individual bridesmaids
• Groom with all groomsmen
• Groom with individual groomsmen

Family Photos - 30 min
• Bride & Groom with her immediate family & grandparents • Bride & Groom with her immediate family
• Bride & Groom with her parents
• Bride & Groom with all grandparents
• Bride & Groom with her grandparents
• Bride & Groom with his grandparents
• Bride & Groom with his immediate family & grandparents • Bride & Groom with his immediate family
• Bride & Groom with his parents
• Bride & Groom with both sets of parents
• Bride & Groom with both immediate families

AFTER THE CEREMONY

Extra Bride & Groom Photos - 10min

Extra Family Photos - 10min