How do I create a simple wedding day timeline for an outdoor wedding in Spokane


create a simple wedding day timeline for an outdoor wedding in Spokane

Create a simple wedding day timeline for an outdoor wedding in Spokane with these helpful tools

Looking to create a simple wedding timeline for your outdoor wedding in Spokane? That is awesome! And congratulations to you on your upcoming wedding! Even if your ceremony or reception is the only thing that will be outside, this is a good place to be. A useful place to start to create a simple wedding day timeline for your Spokane wedding is to determine when you would like your ceremony in consideration of the photos you desire, your venues closing time and sunset times. Here in Spokane County, the sun sets between 7:30 and 8:45 during our typical outdoor wedding months (May – September) and as early as 5:30 at the end of October. Why do I include sunset times? Because your most beautiful pictures will likely occur within 1-2 hours before sunset and I want that beautiful light reserved for your husband and wife couples photos.

As a Spokane wedding photographer who loves photographing weddings throughout the Pacific Northwest, I am happy to share with you a simple tool to create your wedding day timeline and an example timeline for the two most popular 8 hour wedding photography types. Could you hire a photographer for more or less time? Absolutely! But this is a great place to get started.

Both of my examples are made specifically for Spokane County wedding venues like those found in Deer Park but you can easily shift start/ end times to fit your location.

8 Hour Wedding Day Timeline

One Location + First Look

45 minutes                          Photograph bride’s details and final touches of hair & makeup

45 minutes                          Photograph bride lacing up dress, groom & groomsmen getting ready

15 minutes                          Walk to first look 

10 minutes                          First look 

20 minutes                          Bride & groom portraits

15 minutes                          Bride with bridesmaids

15 minutes                          Full bridal party 

15 minutes                          Groom with groomsmen 

15 minutes                          Immediate family photos                     

30 minutes                          Bride & Groom Hide, Rest & Retouch, Photograph Ceremony Decor

30 minutes                          Wedding Ceremony 

30 minutes                          Bride & Groom Join Cocktail Hour, Photograph Guests & Reception Decor

30 minutes                          Husband & Wife Sunset Portraits 30 minutes to 2 hours before sunset

15 minutes                          Guests Seated & Grand Entrances

90+ minutes                       Reception (Per Spokane County code, weddings must end by 9pm)

Example:

1:00 – 1:45                            Photograph bride’s details and final touches of hair & makeup

1:45 – 2:30                            Photograph bride lacing up dress, groom & groomsmen getting ready

2:30 – 2:45                            Walk to first look 

2:45 – 3:00                            First look 

3:00 – 3:30                            Bride & groom portraits

3:30 – 3:45                            Bride with bridesmaids

3:45 – 4:00                            Full bridal party 

4:00 – 4:15                            Groom with groomsmen 

4:15 – 4:45                            Immediate family photos                     

4:45 – 5:00                            Bride & Groom Hide, Rest & Retouch, Photograph Ceremony Decor

5:00 – 5:30                            Wedding Ceremony 

5:30 – 6:00                            Bride & Groom Join Cocktail Hour, Photograph Guests & Reception Decor

6:00 – 6:15                            Guests Seated & Grand Entrances

6:15 – 9:00                            Reception

7:00 – 7:30                            Husband & Wife Sunset Portraits  Sunset at 8pm

 

8 Hour Wedding Day Timeline

One Location + No First Look

If you choose to not to do a first look, here are two things to adjust: do as many photos as possible before the ceremony and consider stretching your cocktail hour to 90 minutes. The longer cocktail hour allows time for immediate family and full bridal party portraits, bride and groom portraits, and 30 minutes for cocktail hour and reception details. 

45 Minutes                         Photograph bride’s details and final touches of hair & makeup

45 Minutes                         Photograph bride lacing up dress, groom & groomsmen getting ready

I do these all at once so the bride can hide and there’s no chance she’ll see the groom.

15 Minutes                         Bride portraits

15 Minutes                         Bride with bridesmaids

15 Minutes                         Bride with her family

I do these next so the bride has more time to rest and retouch before the wedding ceremony.

15 Minutes                         Groom individuals, groom with groomsmen  

15 Minutes                         Groom with His family                      

30 Minutes                         Bride & groom hide, rest & retouch, photograph ceremony decor

30 Minutes                         Wedding ceremony 

The bridal party is the fastest, because it’s just a few shots so I do them first.

15 Minutes                         Full bridal party 

I do the immediate families next, so that even if someone tries to hijack family portraits with special requests that the bride and groom don’t want, I can use the time crunch to kindly deflect them.

15 Minutes                         Immediate family portraits with bride & groom

15 Minutes                         Husband & wife portraits 

15 Minutes                         Bride & groom join cocktail hour, photograph guests & reception decor

15 Minutes                         Guests seated & grand entrances

90+ Minutes                       Reception

20-30 minutes                   Husband & wife sunset portraits up to 2 hours before sunset

Example:

1:00 – 1:45                            Photograph bride’s details and final touches of hair & makeup

1:45 – 2:30                            Photograph bride lacing up dress, groom & groomsmen getting ready

2:30 – 2:45                            Bride portraits

2:45 – 3:00                            Bride with bridesmaids

3:00 – 3:15                           Bride with her family

3:15 – 3:30                            Groom individuals, groom with groomsmen  

3:30 – 3:45                            Groom with his family                      

3:45 – 4:30                            Bride & groom hide, rest & retouch, photograph ceremony decor

4:30 – 5:00                            Wedding ceremony 

5:00 – 5:15                            Full bridal party 

5:15 – 5:45                            Immediate family portraits with bride & groom

5:45 – 6:00                           Husband & wife portraits 

6:00 – 6:30                            Bride & groom join cocktail hour, photograph guests & reception decor

6:30 – 6:45                           Guests seated & grand entrances

6:45 – 9:00                            Reception

20-30 minutes                   Husband & wife sunset portraits up to 2 hours before sunset

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