Wedding Planning Guide | Timeline & Shot List Tips

Here's some general advice for scheduling the day of, and creating a timeline and shot list.

Crafting a timeline doesn't have to be a stressful thing, and I am here to help you through the process. I've compiled a list of some of my favorite tips for creating a day of timeline and things that will make your day go as smooth as possible. Please reach out if you have any specific questions about your timeline!

Timeline & Day Of Tips

It's Your Wedding

First and foremost, this is you and your fiance's day. Think a wedding tradition is stupid? Don't do it. Do not let anyone else pressure you into doing something that takes up time on your day, that you don't care about doing. Also don't be afraid to tell whoever doesn't like the cool new tradition you're implementing to f off. Who cares if your wedding planner says that's not how it's done or the person helping pay for your wedding thinks they should get a say in how the day is planned? This is your day and you should do whatever makes you happy, and I will support you 100%! ​​ ​ ​Coordination I will say it's never too late to hire a day of coordinator, and I definitely recommended one if you're expecting over 100 guests. It makes everything go really smoothly and lets me focus and capturing what's going on! ​ ​ ​ H&MU This almost always runs longer than expected. I strongly suggest scheduling at lest 30mins more time than you anticipate for getting ready. ​

First Look Alternatives If you'd rather see his reaction when he see's you for the first time walking down the aisle, and you're not doing a first look, consider doing a first touch or prayer around a door or corner just to have a calm quiet moment with each other before your ceremony. Or you could also incorporate a bridesmaids, father daughter or even a mother and son first look! ​

Marriage Certificate Schedule in time on your timeline for signing your marriage certificate, and think about who you want your witness's to be beforehand. This is such a beautiful moment and I always love documenting this! ​

First Dances I suggest having your first dance right after you enter the reception venue while all eyes are on you, Then you can go over and cut the cake so that people can have it cut and served while people finish eating. I've seen some people save parent dances for after dinner to kick off the dancing. Side note - please ask your DJ to not have colored lights anywhere during first dances! Lights look good once the dance floor open up, but can sometimes ruin beautiful first dance vibes. ​ ​ Last Dance Weather this is right before your send off or right before your venue kicks you out, I strongly recommend doing a last dance and ending the night with a slow dance to one of your favorite love songs. ​ ​

Send Off If you do a fake sendoff early, and then go back inside and keep partying this lets older guests and those with children etc. leave early while still being a part of your send off