How Much Coverage Do I Need?: A Guide To Timeline Planning
One common thing that my brides ask is “Will that be enough time?” Will this package cover everything they want covered? Just as important as the price of the package is what it includes. Here is a rough idea of how much coverage is usually required for each part of the day:
Getting Ready: 30-45 minutes
If you want photos of both the bride and the groom getting ready, a second photographer will be needed
First Look: 10 minutes
Additional 10 minutes if doing first look with dad and bridal party
Family and Bridal Party Portraits: 30-45 minutes
This can go quite fast if there aren’t a lot of gropings to photograph or if everyone is in the right area and doesn’t need to be chased down
Couple Photos: 30 minutes
Ceremony: 30 minutes (non-church) to 1 hour (church or religious)
Receiving Line: 30 minutes
Cocktail Hour: 1 hour
If you are not seeing your partner until the ceremony, this is also usually when group portraits and couple portraits takes place
Travel time also needs to be taken into account if the getting ready, portrait location, ceremony and reception venues are different places.
Reception: Entrances, first/parent dances and toasts tend to all happen within the first hour. Sunset photos depend on the time of year as well as the weather. If you are doing cake cutting or a bouquet toss, they usually are in the second to last hour of the night and a last dance and sparkler exit are at very end of the night.