No two wedding days are the same, so take them with a couple grains of salt, but these sample wedding day timelines are a good foundation for you to use to build your custom timeline.

We love first looks for emotional reasons first and foremost. With a first look, the first time you two see one another is a calm, romantic moment without your whole guest list watching or an officiant standing right next you. At a first look, you get to talk to each other too, which definitely helps calm any nerves you might be feeling before the ceremony. From a practical standpoint, first looks also free up a lot of time right after the ceremony, so you'll see that difference in these sample timelines.

But we know first looks aren't for everyone! And if you really want the traditional walking-down-the-aisle moment, then yes! do that. Just make sure you factor in what time sunset is so you don't have to do group photos after dark unless you want to.

Also, I put two different reception timeline styles in each, so mix and match!!

Sample Wedding Day Timelines

With a First Look

Without a First Look

FREE SAMPLES!!!

12:30pm Coverage of getting ready and important details
2:00pm Time for finishing touches!
2:30pm First Look & portraits of the couple
3:00pm Wedding Party Portraits
3:30pm Family Portraits
4:30pm Couple and Wedding Party getting touchups and hidden before ceremony as guests start to arrive
5:00pm Ceremony
5:30pm Couple enjoys cocktail hour 
6:30pm Reception Grand Entrance
6:35pm First Dance and other special dances
6:45pm Dinner
7:45pm Toasts and cake
8:00pm Open dance floor/party time!!
10:30pm Exit


12:30pm Coverage of getting ready and important details
3:00pm Time for finishing touches!
3:15pm Bride side portraits
3:45pm Groom side portraits
4:00pm Couple and Wedding Party getting touchups and hidden before ceremony as guests start to arrive
4:30pm Ceremony
5:00pm Cocktail hour/ wedding party & family photos
6:30pm Reception Grand Entrance
6:35pm Dinner
7:35pm Toasts and cake
7:45pm First Dance and other special dances
8:00pm Open dance floor/party time!!
10:30pm Exit

***depending on when sunset is, you may want to allocate 10 minutes of cocktail hour or early in the reception for to get gorgeous golden hour couple portraits, AND you know we love nighttime shots, so if you're down to sneak away from the dance floor later in the night, let's make some magic!!***

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