Few brides realize this, but if you don't hire a wedding planner or coordinator to help create your day, the photographer often becomes the wedding coordinator on the wedding day and (if she/he good) before hand as well. This makes it even more important to hire someone you like to be around because they will be by your side nearly the entire day! I meet with all of my brides about two months before the big day to discuss their wedding timeline, and I can't tell you how many times I've received a sigh of relief that someone is there to help them map out the most important day of their lives so far, step by step.
In lieu of providing a sample timeline here, as many have before, I thought it might be more beneficial to simply give you a guideline for how many minutes are needed for each portion of your day. This will help you map out what is best for your particular day, rather than follow a sample that was created for a different wedding, at a different time of year, with someone who has a crazy aunt that took way too long to get ready for family photos.
30 mins- Photographing Bride Details and MakeUp and Hair
30 mins- Photographing Groom and Groom Details
15 mins- Bridesmaids Getting Dressed
15 mins- Bride Getting Dressed
20-30 mins- First Look
20-30 mins- Bridal Party Photos
20-30 mins- Family Photos
20 mins- Photographing Ceremony and Reception Details
20 mins- Guests arrive
1 hr- Ceremony
1 hr- Cocktail Hour
30-40 mins- Bride and Groom Photos
3-4 hrs- Party like there's no tomorrow
Some items can be done simultaneously with two photographers so keep that in mind! I encourage you to comment below if you have any particular questions and I'd be happy to answer!!