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Wedding Photography Timeline with No First Look

It’s important to know how a wedding photography timeline with No First Look is set up so that you can decide if it’s right for your wedding day. Choosing to see each other the traditional way, at the time of the ceremony, can either be a hard or easy decision, depending on your beliefs and feelings. It’s important to know what the schedule would look like for both before making that decision. Below, you’ll find a perfect example of a First Look Wedding Photography Timeline:

Wedding Photography Timeline with No First Look

1:00-1:30 pm        Groom Details, Groom Prep w/ Guys, at couple’s house

1:30-2:00 pm        Drive to Hotel

2:00-3:00 pm        Bridal Details, Bridal Prep, Gown on at 2:30

3:00-3:15 pm        Drive to Venue Location

3:15-3:30 pm        Photograph Ceremony Details and Candids of Guests

3:30-4:00 pm        Ceremony

4:00-4:30 pm        Family Formals (second photographer to photograph reception details)

4:30-5:00 pm        Wedding Party (second photographer to photograph cocktail)

5:00-5:30 pm        Bride+Groom

5:30-8:00 pm        Reception – Entrance, blessing, dinner, toasts

8:00-9:00 pm        First Dance, Dancing, Ice Cream Truck at 8:30 pm


You should consider not having a first look for several reasons. The most important is if you are having an earlier ceremony and your cocktail hour will be longer than one hour. This means there will be adequate natural light to photograph 30 minutes of family formals, 30 minutes of wedding party formals and 30 minutes of bride+groom portraits, for a total 1.5 hours for cocktail time. Something to keep in mind is that you’ll most likely want to have a second photographer hired so that reception details and cocktail hour can be photographed. Lastly, couples that choose not to see each other before the ceremony typically won’t be able to attend cocktail hour.


Example Wedding Photography Timeline with No First Look - Camp Hale Wedding Photography

Venue: Camp Hale | Planning: The Styled Soiree

Click here to view an example wedding photography with a first look photographed.

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