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4 wedding day timeline ideas

Updated: 3 days ago

today, I wanted to share with you my different timeline layouts on wedding days. Obviously not everyone wants or needs me there for 10 hours, therefore, I have a few different ones that I will be sharing today.


BUT FIRST! on a wedding day, I have a few MUSTS and I wanted to share those with you before we dive into timelines.


  • if my drive is further than 1 hour, which it usually is, you bet I am in sweats and change into my cute wedding day fit when I arrive at the venue

  • I always try to arrive at least 15 minutes before the contractual agreement says I starts to scope out the venue, make sure my batteries are all good and charged and that my SD cards have the necessary space.

  • I always look for coffee shops between my starting point and destination for a little pick me up because COFFEE

  • I typically leave an hour earlier than I need in order to make 3-4 stops along the way to make my destination so that my drive doesn't feel so long. Silly, I know.

Alright, Alright! I hope you enjoyed those little fun facts on my morning of weddings.


I will be sharing my timeline layouts for 8 hours and 10 hours with a first look and without a first look. I hope you find this layout helpful. <3


8 hours with a first look


12:00 PM detail photos

12:30 PM getting ready photos for gals

1:00 PM getting ready photos for guys

1:30 PM bride gets into her dress

2:00 PM bride has first look with groom, some portraits after first look

2:30 PM wedding party photos

3:00 PM bridesmaid photos

3:30 PM groomsmen photos

4:00 PM ceremony

4:30 PM receiving line

5:00 PM family photos

5:45 PM grand entrance

6:00 PM dinner

6:30 PM speeches

7:00 PM cake cutting

7:30 PM first dances

8:00 PM photographer leaves


8 hours without a first look


12:00 PM detail photos

12:30 PM getting ready photos for gal/getting ready photos for guys

1:00 PM bride gets into her dress

1:30 PM rest, prayer with wedding party

2:00 PM ceremony

2:30 PM receiving line

3:00 PM family photos

3:30 PM bridesmaid photos

4:00 PM groomsmen photos

4:30 PM wedding party photos

5:00 PM portraits of bride and groom

5:15 PM grand entrance

5:30 PM dinner

6:00 PM speeches

6:30 PM cake cutting

7:00 PM first dances

8:00 PM photographer concludes


10 hours with a first look


11:00 PM detail photos

11:30 PM getting ready photos for gals

12:00 PM getting ready photos for guys

12:30 PM bride gets into her dress

1:00 PM first look with the groom

1:30 PM portraits of the bride and groom

2:00 PM wedding party photos

2:30 PM bridesmaid photos

3:00 PM groomsmen photos

3:30 PM relax/prayer with wedding party

4:00 PM ceremony

4:30 PM family photos

5:00 PM grand entrance and prayer

5:05 PM dinner is served

5:30 PM speeches

6:00 PM cake cutting

7:00 PM first dances

8:30 PM sunset photos

9:00 PM photographer leaves


10 hours without a first look


11:00 PM detail photos

11:30 PM getting ready photos for gals

12:00 PM getting ready photos for guys

12:30 PM bride gets into her dress

1:00 PM bridesmaid photos

1:30 PM groomsmen photos

2:00 PM relax/prayer with wedding party

2:30 PM ceremony start

3:00 PM receiving line

3:30 PM family photos

4:00 PM full wedding party photos

4:30 PM bride and groom portraits/individuals

5:00 PM grand entrance and prayer

5:05 PM dinner is served

5:30 PM speeches

6:00 PM cake cutting

7:00 PM first dances

8:30 PM sunset photos

9:00 PM photographer(s) leave(s)


NOTE: Now, I know I gave 30 minute increments for nearly all of these, and you may not need that much time/you might need more time, but that is just a flexibility time frame. For example, if getting ready takes longer than expected, a first look might not take the full 30 minutes. It is an important buffer and safety net to have, in my opinion.


NOTE: Another point I should make is that you might want your photographer around for an exit and maybe you aren't doing that until 10 PM...My timeline above isn't stuck strictly at 11:00-9:00. There is definitely flexibility there. I am using these time frames listed above simply as a reference to how you want to structure your wedding day.

NOTE: With a second shooter, there is also a HUGE amount of flexibility above!! How so? Say you want an earlier ceremony time, say, 1 PM, you (the main shooter) can capture some getting ready photos of the gals while your second shooter can capture the getting ready photos of the guy to utilize the time you have wisely.


I know this was a lot and maybe even overwhelming. However, I would love to answer any questions that you might have and hope you can use this as a tool when planning your wedding.


Have an amazing day. You are loved by the One clothed in majesty and splendor. He is good and the giver of all good things.


With Love, Cassidy Kabus Photography

When I have the 30 minutes of detail photos, I love getting to work with the couple's rings, invites, perfume/cologne and all of the other sweet piece that bring their look together.

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