Creating Your Wedding Photography Plan

For great wedding photos, it’s all about the wedding photography plan.

Bride Portrait included in Wedding Photography Plan

Pre-Ceremony Photos With the Bride = 1 Hour

Your wedding photography plan should begin with pre-ceremony photos. Your wedding photographer will typically spend 1/2 hour photographing details and candids. The remaining 1/2 hours is spent capturing attendants, family and planned images of the bride.

Pre-Ceremony Photos With the Groom = 1/2 Hour

The photographer will typically capture the groom’s attire, images with groomsmen and family, pinning of boutonnieres, and other detail shots.


If your church has restrictions on wedding photography, share that information as early as possible when you are developing the wedding photography plan. Let your photographer know if there are honored guests, candle lightings, or other items to make special note of.

Post-Ceremony = 30 Minutes

Following the ceremony, many couples like to have a balloon release or bubble exit. This is typically done immediately after the ceremony. You will likely sign your marriage license before beginning your family images as well.

Altar Images = 30 Minutes

Work with your photographer to develop a list of images that should be captured at the ceremony location and those that can be done at the wedding reception. Because time must be used effectively, assigning a friend to help gather groupings is most helpful. 

Celebratory recessional at wedding ceremony
romantics in a field included in wedding photography plan

Romantics = 1 Hour

This is the time that your wedding photographer’s artistic abilities can really shine. Develop a plan for what images you would like to capture of you as a couple, with and without the bridal party.


Share the timeline that you have developed with your wedding DJ with the photographer for the grand entrance, cake cutting. toasts and special dances. Most couples focus the wedding reception photography on those key moments and take a more candid approach to the remainder of the evening.

Here’s how easy it is to end the overwhelm:

easy as one, two, three

Let's hop on a quick call.

Start with a pressure-free, no-obligation conversation with us. We’ll chat about your wedding vision and let you decide if we’re a good fit. 

Lock down the perfect team.

Based on your style, personality, and budget, we’ll recommend several fully vetted photographers, videographers, and DJs. Through their video portfolios, you’ll see how they approach their work so you can hand-select your perfect match.

Love your wedding.

Now relax and look forward to your day, knowing you’ve hired people you can trust and who’ll treat you like friends. 

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