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The Perfect Wedding Day Timeline for Sunset Photos!

Are you wanting dreamy sunset photos and not sure how to achieve that?

I always meet with my brides up to a month before their wedding date to help them create a timeline but here is a general wedding day timeline that might help you decide on when to plan your ceremony time. 

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10am

Getting Ready

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2:30pm

Bride and Groom First Look

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2:45pm

Bride and Groom Portraits

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3:45pm

Family Formals

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4:00pm

Bridal Party Portraits

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4:30pm

Freshen up!

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5pm

Ceremony

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5:30pm

Sunset Bride and Groom Portraits

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6pm

Reception Grand Entrance

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6:30pm

Dinner

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7:45pm

Toasts and Parent Dances

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8pm

Dancing

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8:30pm

Cake Cutting!

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10pm

Send Off

Things may change if…

  • This timeline is ideal through wedding season which is May-Oct. Once the time changes the "golden hours" or sunset time will change.

  • You could do the Bride and Groom Sunset Portraits during the reception so that you could avoid a longer cocktail hour which is also a plus side of creating a timeline with a First Look. Sunset times are likely to happen during your reception so that is definitely a wonderful time to get all of that yummy glowy light. 

  • If you decide not to do a First Look.

  • You could replace the After Ceremony Bride and Groom portraits with Family Formals if all of your family isn’t here before the ceremony begins.

  • I always say one hour of dancing is more then enough time. The same people that are on the dance floor for the first hour are usually there till the end.

  • If you aren’t doing a First Look you will need to have a longer cocktail hour to include most of the portraits after the ceremony.

Pro Tip - Give your timeline a little cushion in case getting ready times run over or family formals run over.

Want to see more of Danielle and Ryan’s Wedding day? Click Here.

Pro Tip - hire a wedding day coordinator to help with time management.

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