Can we all agree that the most important part of a wedding day is the ceremony? After all, this is the moment when you make a lifelong commitment to one another, and that’s why we’re all here, right?
If photos are also important to you on your wedding day, it’s essential to consider your timeline before you finalize your ceremony time, to make sure you have plenty of time for all your portraits.
For example, if you plan on having a half-hour ceremony that starts at 6:30 on a weekend in October, and don’t want to do a first look, that means you’ll only have 15 minutes at most to fit in all your family photos, bridal party portraits, and portraits of the two of you before the sun sets! Trust me, that will not work.
So how can you make sure the timing of your ceremony will allow you enough time for photos? Typically, I tell my couples to plan two hours for bridal party, family, and couple portraits - 45 for bridal party, 30 for family, and 45 for couple portraits. Once you know that, you can decide if you want those photos to take place before or after the ceremony (deciding about a first look,) look up the sunset time for your wedding day, and time your ceremony accordingly.
I’m always happy to help you figure our the timeline for your day! Let’s talk about how you can plan for the best photo coverage.