Timeline of


Matfen Hall Wedding Photographer

Nailing your wedding day timeline? Tips for your Photography

Having shot a gazillion weddings, one thing is for certain. Each and every one is unique. It’s all the individual people, and of course THE COUPLE THAT FUELS THE CREATIVITY behind the photography. Underpinning each one is a WEDDING DAY TIMELINE or schedule, which the couple creates in collaboration with the venue, or by working with a wedding day planner. From the photographer’s perspective, it is amazing to work with the couple also, to ensure the photography feels seamless, and organic, allowing the me, (and videographer), to truly capture each amazing moment and feeling.

When planning your wedding day timeline, it is amazing to give all the parts of the day breathing space. That way the good stuff that you didn’t know would happen, gets a chance to come alive also. These unexpected, GOOD STUFF MOMENTS, is where the creativity of your wedding day photography, lives.

There are some amazing wedding day timeline planning tools available to buy on Etsy. Spreadsheets, stationary; you name it, it’s probably there!

My Wedding Photography Goals

Not every wedding is the same, but these are the moments I like to hunt down (you can see there is ALOT to do!)

  • Photographer arrives. Location and setting images. Shot scout.
  • Photographer to bride for Make-Up, Flat lays, and detail shots (jewellery, perfume, dresses, flowers, invite collection, gifts).
  • Groom location, stags and groom preparations and details (suits and boots, rings, vow books, gifts).
  • Bride Getting dressed (with just one or two people to help)
  • Bridesmaids Photos
  • First look with bridesmaids
  • First look with Parents
  • Bride Portraits
  • Groomsmen Photos
  • Ceremony Setting and Decor with Candles (interior and exterior)
  • Guests arriving
  • Ceremony
  • Cocktail, Canap├ęs and Candids
  • Group and Family Photos
  • Bride and Groom Portraits
  • Wedding Breakfast Decor and Setting
  • Speeches and guest reactions
  • Food service
  • Cake Cutting and/or champagne fountain
  • First dance
  • Dancefloor with guests
  • Golden hour Sunset portraits
  • Sparklers and afterdark options

Work Backwards

Creating your Wedding Album starts before your wedding day.

If I am going to be holding the camera at your wedding, let’s build a schedule together that works for your photography goals. Timings for your hair and make up, cars, ceremony, meal times and first dance work best if you think less about efficiency, and more about the photographic memories you want in your album.

Photography Planning

For a chilled out full day, assuming…


Two photographers are a good idea for big weddings.


Ceremony and reception are at the same venue.


Is happening nearby.


Has a comfort break during the meal!

Of course time buffers need to be added in if there are multiple locations with a drive in-between.

No two weddings are the same. and the plan above is just an EXAMPLE of a TYPICAL full wedding day time line. The important thing is that YOU DO YOU, and in the early planning stages start the conversation with your suppliers about YOUR WANTS AND NEEDS for the day, and for the KEEPSAKES you want to curate.