Quad Cities Wedding Photographer | Planning Your Wedding Timeline - A Photographer's Perspective

The date has been set, along with the venue booked, and everything is falling into place. Now to decide on timing. If you have a wedding planner, your planner will help you greatly in this area, as they do this on a daily basis they will know exactly how long it will get from point a) ceremony, to point b) how long cocktails will usually run for and how to prevent rushing during the day. 

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The basics

If you don't have a planner, there are a few general things you should know about planning your timeline.

  • Generally speaking, allow a lot more time in between each event. Mishaps may  happen, a spill on a dress might take place, and there's nothing like feeling the pressure of rushing to the next event and not having enough time, to ruin your perfect day. 
  • If you do not have a planner for your wedding, delegate someone with a timeline to help assist and remind you/your bridesmaids/family as the event draws near. 
  • Schedule in breaks. This is huge and can make your whole day go a lot easier. The day always goes by faster than planned, and you don't want to take for granted any second you spend with your new partner. Breaks allow you to breathe and take the day in, whether it's to catch a snack or simple snuggle, plan them! 
  • Breaks also allow photographers to get detailed shots like the reception area, jewelry, shoes, flowers, cake. Shots that don't involve people. These are details you spent time planning and creating, you will want to have photographs remembering them! :) 
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How many formal photos do you need for your family? 

  • How many photos depends on how long the portraits will take 
  • Depending on how rowdy or large the group is, family portraits can take from 30-60 minutes alone. 
  • It's always good to write a list of pictures you want, and then narrow it down to pictures you need to make the family portrait session go a little faster. Give this list to your assigned person in charge as well as the photographer. 

Bride + Groom Portraits 

I don't know about you, but I cherish these photos the most out of all the wedding photos I received on my wedding day. These photos really show the love you two have for each other. If you have a candid photographer, these photos will mean more to you than anything years down the road. 

  • How much time do you want a break away from the guests during the day? Is this important to you?
  • Not every couple wants a lot of bride and groom shots and that is totally okay! Some find it more important to spend time with family and friends. 
  • A reasonable amount of time is approx 45-60 minutes. This doesn't include travel time if you want to go to a different location for these photos. 

I have limited availability left for 2016 bookings, please contact me to book a photographer for your wedding!

Miriam of Miriam Buncher Photography is a Quad Cities wedding photographer located in Davenport, Iowa. Miriam is a wedding, family, child and senior photographer serving the Quad Cities, Iowa City, Chicago and the surrounding communities.