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Planning Your Wedding Day Timeline

At 10th Letter Media we are excited to be a part of your big day! We’ve put together this general info to help coordinate your wedding day timeline and shot list. To determine your actual timeline, we’ll need some specific details, such as:

• What time is your ceremony?

• Will you be doing a first look, where you see each other for the first time prior to the ceremony? This normally includes a couple portrait photo session.

• Do you have a reception timeline from your DJ/Emcee? What time is grand entrance scheduled for?

Below you will find a typical timeline draft. Note that we normally like to cover the last hour of bridal prep, which may include finishing touches of hair/makeup, detail shots of dresses, rings and accessories, and the bride getting into her dress. The timeline will vary depending on whether your event is taking place across multiple locations (i.e. prep at a hotel, ceremony at a church, reception at a nearby venue). If there are any other special events that you have planned for your day, please let us know so that we can factor that in to your timeline.

Sample Timeline (for reference purposes only)
2:00 pm Getting ready photos
3:00 pm Bride gets into dress
3:30 pm First look
3:35 pm Bridal party photos
4:00 pm Couple photos
4:30 pm Short break before ceremony
5:00 pm Ceremony begins
5:30 pm Ceremony ends
5:35 pm Family photos
Cocktail hour begins
6:00 pm Additional couple photos
7:00 pm Reception grand entrance
7:15 pm Sunset

Photo Shot List

As for a shot list, this includes all the people and groups that you want to make sure your photographer captures on the wedding day. For example, you wouldn’t want us to miss a photo op with the bride, groom, and your favorite great-aunty. To begin, you should make a list of all the important individuals, groups, or families. It may then be helpful to designate a family representative that will be responsible for getting the individuals or groups together during the family photo shoot portion. After all, we don’t know your Uncle Mark and Aunty Malia, so it’s always more efficient if a family member can have them ready for their shots with the bride and groom. Here’s a simple shot list, to give you an idea:


• Bride & Bridesmaids
• Groom & Groomsmen
• Bride & Groom with Ring Bearers, Ethan and Charlie
• Bride & Groom with Flower Girl, Isabella
• Bride with Flower Girl
• Groom with Ring Bearers
• Ring Bearers and Flower Girl together
• Bride with MOH, Mary
• Groom with BM, Patrick


• Bride & Groom with Officiant
• Bride & Groom with Bride’s Parents (Adele & Gordon)
• Bride & Groom with Groom’s Parents (Audrey & Joe)
• Bride & Groom with Bride’s Immediate Family (Adele, Gordon, Mary, Jessica)
• Bride & Groom with Groom’s Immediate Family (Audrey, Joe, Joey, Shane)
• Bride with her Parents (Adele & Gordon)
• Groom with his Parents (Audrey & Joe)
• Bride & Groom with Bride’s Extended Family
• Bride & Groom with Groom’s Extended Family
• Bride & Groom with Bride’s Grandparents
• Bride & Groom with Groom’s Grandmother

We’d be happy to discuss your timeline and shot list more closely. Feel free to contact us to setup a phone or in-person consultation!