How much time do we need for photography?

How much time do we need for photography?

Here is a short description of an average wedding day and how much time (for photography) should be reserved.


  • Getting Ready

  • recommended 2 hours
  • This is the last portion of hair and make up, of course you have been sitting in the chair from the crack of dawn. It is here we capture the details of the dress, the flowers, jewelry, shoes and the stationary, of you and your girlfriends hanging out. And some fun pictures of you getting into your dress. This is a nice time to get some mom and daughter or best friend and bride pictures if she is helping you into your dress. If the groom is getting ready near by we can even pop over and take some pictures of him getting ready with his best mates.  

  • The First Look

  • recommended 15-20 minutes
  • If the two of you will not be seeing each other before you are ready to walk down the isle, a first look might be just for you.  This is when the bride and groom see each other all dressed up for the first time on the day.  It can be quite emotional.  We will capture the emotion and the reactions so that you can look back and remember just how it felt in that moment.

  • The Portraits

  • minimum 30 minutes, max 1.5 hrs
  • This is the fun part.  It is just you and your best friend (and me of course).  It is a fun experience.  You will laugh and giggle, hug and kiss, and hopefully forget that I am there.  I will walk you through it so there is nothing to feel uncomfortable about and you will come out look beautiful. Depending on when the ceremony is scheduled, this can happen before or after. 

  • The Ceremony

  • 1 hour
  • If the ceremony is happening in the church it will take about 30 – 40 minutes.  After you exit the church your friends and family will be there to greet you, throw rice or blow bubbles at you, waiting for their chance to give you a congratulatory hug.

  • The Mingle

  • 2 hours
  • This part of the day generally is about 1-2 hours where you get to hang out with all your guests. 

  • The Dinner

  • 2-4 hours
  • Time to eat. And listen to some wonderful speeches from your nearest and dearest. Also, there will be a lot of kissing (especially when one of you leaves the room 😉 ) This part of the day generally is about 2-4 hours depending one how many speeches and how many courses.

  • Sunset portraits

  • 15 minutes
  • This is the time when we sneak away for a quick portrait session when the best light of the day is upon us. If your wedding is in the summer months, this will generally fall during dinner time, earlier if you are spring or fall. Much earlier if your wedding is in the winter season. Generally 1 hour before the sun goes down.

  • Cutting the cake & the Waltz

  • 30 min
  • The evening comes to a close with the cake cutting, the waltz and a few dance floor photos.

  • Travel Time

  • 15 minutes +
  • Do not forget about leaving a bit of wiggle room in between each section of the day for travel time and events running late. It is always better to have too much time than too little.