5 Tips for Wedding Day Timeline | Atlanta Wedding Photographer

5 Tips for Your Wedding Day Timeline | Athens + Atlanta Wedding Photographer

Hi Guys!

This post has been in the works for a while now and I have a few great tips to share with you for your wedding day!  I love the getting ready portion of the day.  It gives me time to greet you and look over all of your details and space.  Then I am able to search out the best light to photograph your wedding details and getting ready photos.  This is not the part of the day you will want to rush.  I need time to take these photos.  If you want the creative detail shots of rings, flowers, shoes, and your dress hanging. This is when they will take place.

  1. Your Wedding Photographer Needs Time:

I typically need 30-45 minutes to photograph wedding day details.  I need an additional 30 minutes to photograph the bride getting into her dress and with her bridesmaids.  This is a great time to include bridesmaids’ robes, confetti, or champagne to make the day more fun!!

bridesmaids robes getting ready buford wedding photographer

2.  Start Early with Hair and Makeup:

This is key to keeping the wedding timeline running smoothly.  If hair and makeup runs behind you could miss so many of your getting ready pictures.  This could even cut into portrait time.  Be sure to communicate to your hair and makeup artist the final timeline.  They are experts and will know what time you will need to begin hair and makeup.

3.  Build Buffers into your wedding day:

Things will run behind and come up unexpectedly on your wedding day! I have yet to be to a wedding where at least one thing came up unexpectedly even for the best planned wedding.  So please build time buffers into your timeline. This will save you so much stress.  When the groom can’t find the marriage license, or a bridesmaid can’t find her shoes, you won’t worry too much because you have extra time to solve issues.

4.  First look on your wedding day:

The first look is one of my favorite parts of the day. This is time that you can hug your groom or he can kiss you and tell you you are beautiful.  This can’t happen if you are at the altar the first moment you see each other.  I can capture the look on his face when he sees you and you will be able to cherish it forever. This is an intimate moment and should not be attended by anyone other than the bride and groom.

5.  Give Your Photographer All the Wedding Details:

Let your photographer know about all the special details you have planned on your wedding day.  Such as the surprise gifts for the groom and bride. The funny socks the groomsmen will be wearing.  The bridesmaids’ robes and champagne you have planned.  This will make sure your wedding photographer has built time into your timeline to capture all these things on your wedding day.  Also, have all of your details ready and available for photographs.


Hope this post helps you all plan the wedding day of your dreams!  I would love to capture your wedding! Contact me to get started planning.

Julie is an Atlanta wedding and Newborn photographer based in Buford, Georgia.  She travels throughout the Southeast to photograph weddings.








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