February 16, 2021


Shanell Bark



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5 Steps for the Perfect Wedding Day Timeline

When planning your wedding, most never realize just how much goes into a great wedding day timeline. The timeline can become quite overwhelming actually to most, especially those that are unfamiliar, but don’t worry, I got you! I have been in the bridal industry most my adult life and photographed 100’s of weddings, timelines are a big part of what I do! Each and every wedding day is different but there are some key elements to help any day run as perfectly as possible.

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  • The biggest suggestion I tell my brides is allowing for windows of extra time throughout the day (I recommend 15 minute windows).
  • Make sure all of your details (both bride and groom) are packed and ready to go at minimum the day before (make a checklist).
  • Have a copy of your timeline written out and given to a point person (someone people can count on throughout the day other than yourself).
  • Consider a first look.
  • Consider having everything on the same property or location.

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I am including a sample timeline I share with my brides to better help guide you, hope it helps!

  • 1:00-2:45 (Bridal Details)
  • 2:45-3:20 (Bridal Prep)
  • 3:30 (First Look)
  • 3:45-4:00 (Portraits)
  • 4:00-4:30 (Bridal Party)
  • 4:30 (Bride in hiding)
  • 4:30-5:00 (Reception Details)
  • 5:00-5:30 (Ceremony)
  • 5:45-6:15 (Just Married Photos)
  • 6:30 (Reception Begins)
  • 9:00 (Organized Exit)

Approximate Times:

Details & Prep: 3 hours

First look & Portraits: 30 minutes

Bridal Party: 30 minutes

Family Formals: 15-20 minutes

Extra Portrait time is always awesome and any photographer would appreciate it!!




  1. Awesome job, many very useful information is illustrated here. I would want to know this information when I started photography. Cheers!

  2. Sandy & Rudy Ball, Parents of the Bride. says:

    Hi, Hello there,
    We are looking for a photographer.
    I am really impressed with your work. I’d like to have more information on your work and pricing.
    My daughter has planned for a last minute wedding. It is planned for August 3rd at 2 pm at Grace Church of the Nazarene in Detroit.
    Please let me know if you are available and willing to take on this Challenging Wedding.
    God Bless and I look forward to hearing from you.

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