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It’s #weddingwednesday and I wanted to start sharing wedding tips on Wednesday for future brides!

I always tell my clients that when they book me, I want to be there every step of the way!

I want to help you with your planning because, at the end of the day, a less stressed bride makes a happier bride in photos!!Wedding Timelines

So, I hope you enjoy this new blog series!

Today is all about making sure you have planned enough time for your couples photos!

I try to guide my clients in this process as with my years of photographing weddings, I have a good idea of what is needed and the time that needs to be allotted for photos!Weddings in Hawaii

Here are a few tips for you!

✅Wedding typically run behind schedule, so making sure you have a buffer in your timeline is key!

✅I always recommend 30 mins for formal family photos and then 30 mins for the bride and groom.

✅If your timeline allows it, I also like to take 10-15 mins during the reception, right at sunset, to get final couple photos!

✅ If your timeline is tight on time, I recommend doing some photos before the ceremony! Typically groom and groomsman shots can be done early (they are typically always ready early!).Sunset wedding in Hawaii


Below is a sample timeline that I send to all of my couples as they are planning their special day!

2:15pm – Photographer arrival
2:30pm – Photographer photographs details like dress, shoes, jewelry, invitation, etc.
2:45pm – Bridesmaids get dressed
3:00pm – Bride gets dressed
3:20pm – Bride and bridesmaids leave for photos
3:20pm – Bride and bridesmaids leave for photos
3:30pm – Bride and bridesmaids photos
3:45pm – Bride’s immediate family photos
4:00pm – Groom and Groomsmen photos
4:15pm – Groom’s immediate family photos
4:30pm – Pre-ceremony photos finish
4:40pm – Photographers photograph Ceremony decor 4:55pm – Bridal party lines up for Ceremony
5:00pm – Ceremony
5:30pm – End of Ceremony / Guests head to cocktail hour 5:40pm – Family photos
6:00pm – Bridal Party photos
6:10pm – Bride and Groom photos
6:40pm – Photographers photograph Reception details
6:55pm – Guests invited to enter Reception and find their seats 7:05pm – Grand Entrance
7:10pm – First Dance
7:15pm – Welcome Toast/Prayer
7:20pm – Dinner
7:55pm – Toasts
8:15pm – Father/Daughter, Mother/Son dances
8:25pm – Open dancing
9:25pm – Cake cutting
9:30pm – Bouquet/garter toss
9:40pm – Open dancing
10:15pm – Photographers leave


Hope you enjoyed these wedding tips for your wedding timeline! Let’s chat if you need more help or would love to talk about booking your photography for your Hawaiian wedding day!Weddings at Dillingham Ranch



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