Timelines can be tricky...

but yours doesn't have to be. We know you have questions, and we are here to help. The first suggestion we have when you begin planning your wedding day timeline is to check when the sun sets. You can simply type "sunset on [your wedding date]" into Google to find out when it is for your day. Trust us, you are going to want those pretty cotton-candy skies in your photos.

Let's get specific.

While every wedding is unique, they all tend to follow a similar flow of events. We have outlined a sample timeline below for a summer wedding day with a first look. (Not having a first look - view this post instead)

For first look wedding days, we like to begin coverage approximately 3.5-4 hours before your ceremony. This gives us the opportunity to capture your details, getting ready candids, the first look, and portraits during this time. It is sometimes possible to complete family formals and/or the wedding party photos during this portion of the day as well, allowing you time to attend cocktail hour. If you don't want to bump into guests, you should aim to arrive to the ceremony site about 30 minutes before your ceremony start time. Don't forget to include travel time to get between locations if necessary.

This is our favorite timeline, because it gives you the most time TOGETHER and lots of room to let moments unfold naturally. We highly recommend a first look. xx

{Sample} Wedding Day on July 14th

Getting Ready 1:30pm

First Look 3:30- 4pm

Portraits/Formals 4-5pm

Ceremony 5:30-6pm

Portraits/ Formals 6-6:30pm

Cocktail Hour 6-7pm (attend for 30 minutes)

Introductions 7:15pm

First Dance 7:20pm

Toasts 7:25pm

Dinner 7:45pm

Cake Cutting 8pm

Sunset Portraits 8:15pm

Parent Dances 8:45pm

Dancing until 11pm

When creating your own timeline, we think it's best to start with your ceremony time (as that is usually the first thing you schedule) and work forward/backward from there. Here are some other helpful resources: Most Asked Timeline Questions Tips for Planning a Photo-Friendly Timeline

You've got this.

Remember, you aren't planning alone. Talk to your wedding planner, your venue, your photographer, your band/dj... everyone is happy to help. We are all on the same team with the goal of giving you the best wedding day ever. We are always available to answer any questions you have at: amanda.macdonald.photography@gmail.com.

Happy planning. xx