Ask any former bride or groom what they value the most from their wedding day (besides their spouse) and they’ll tell you, “our wedding photos!”.
So I advice you to find and speak with your wedding photographer first.
A good wedding planner can help you put together a really solid and flexible timeline, but don’t forget to include your photographer in the planning before anything is set in stone. While it’s certainly possible to take beautiful portraits after sunset, they’re going to look very different from photos taken with natural light. Also, make sure to include time for evening or after-dark photos, if you want them.
You’ll want the best possible light.
Find out what time the sun will set. The best time for photos is the last 2 hours before sunset.
Before finalizing your ceremony time, speak with your photographer and come up with a plan for portraits. On average at least thirty minutes for bride and groom portraits, twenty to thirty minutes for formal family photos, and 15 minutes for the bridal party. If you’re planning on multiple locations, don’t forget to include enough time for travel. And since most photographers only know the bride and groom, it is a good idea to assign someone on each side of the family as a lead contact for those larger group photos and you can also provide a list with those family members names.
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