May 2021 // The Wedding Edition

Creating a Wedding Day Timeline for Photographers | Alissa Cincotta

CREATE A SET OF BASIC GUIDELINES YOU FOLLOW FOR EVERY WEDDING DAY AND ADJUST ACCORDINGLY.

A foundation is crucial if you’re a medium-to-high-volume wedding studio. A foundation is simply a set of “what should happen whens.” So we know almost every traditional American wedding has five to six main components to the date: bride getting ready, groom getting ready, first look (or maybe not), creatives, ceremony, and reception. Here is our foundation that we run with: Bride prep: 1 hour Groom prep: 30 minutes First look: 30 minutes (the actual first look takes 5 minutes, but someone is always running late) Creatives: 2 hours Ceremony: 1 hour (plan for the longest option in your foundation, then tack any extra time on to their creatives if they end up only having a 30-minute ceremony) Reception: Who cares? At this point in the night, everything is pretty loose. Here’s how we run our planning process after we’ve had the initial timeline conversation at their consultation (this happens six months out from their wedding day):

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