Wedding timeline + questionnaire 

 
 

All the little details...

All the little details matter. Where the photos are taken, who you want in the family photos, when you get into your dress. All those little details make your day what it is, make it run smoothly, and make sure everyone involved is on the same page. Below you'll find a detailed template for the timeline of your day, as well as a list of important wedding details you'd like me to know about. 

If your wedding is all at the same place, don't worry too much about the locations. We'll meet sometime before the wedding to do some location scouting and plan where everything will happen. If you're planning on different locations for different portraits/events, please let me know that in the form. 

One of the biggest things I like to remind couples about on their wedding day is to schedule breaks to soak up all your emotions and joy. Wedding days go by so quickly, and too often I've heard couples say they honestly don't remember parts of such an important moment in their lives. When you schedule breaks during your day to really think about how you're feeling, or time to spend with the ones you love one-on-one, you'll be able to look back at your photos and remember every emotion. I recommend breaks during these times: ten minutes before you walk down the aisle (take time to pray, meditate, sit with your family/friends, read letters from your loved ones), right after your ceremony has ended and before you start photos, and time during the reception. Take it all in, and take time to really enjoy that day. 

If you have any questions about this timeline, please don't hesitate to ask. One of my favorite parts of this job is getting to help you plan your dream day. I'm here to help!

 
HAIR + MAKEUP
Please note that I'll arrive when you're about 60% done with getting ready. No one likes the photos when you're tired and without makeup. ;)
Hair + makeup start time *
Hair + makeup start time
Hair + makeup end time *
Hair + makeup end time
BRIDE GETTING READY
One of the biggest things I can advise you on for getting ready is to be near a large window or portion of nice window light, and to have at least a portion of where you're getting ready at to be clutter-free: the clutter and junk in the background will really show up the photos and make the room look messy, which isn't a great look for wedding photos. Even a pretty chair in a corner by a window is great.
Bride getting dressed *
Bride getting dressed
GROOM GETTING READY
One of the biggest things I can advise you on for getting ready is to be near a large window or portion of nice window light, and to have at least a portion of where you're getting ready at to be clutter-free: the clutter and junk in the background will really show up the photos and make the room look messy, which isn't a great look for wedding photos. Even a pretty chair in a corner by a window is great.
Groom getting ready *
Groom getting ready
FIRST LOOK
If you're doing a first look, we can do most of your photos before the ceremony - family photos, bridal party, all of that. If you're not interested in doing that, that's okay, too - we'll do it after the ceremony and before the reception. If you choose to do a first look, I'll stand in the background and let you do your thing. A lot of couples give each other letters to read, gifts, or practice their vows during this time. What you choose to do is totally up to you. I lightly pose you at the beginning but then I'll stand in the background and let you enjoy each other.
Are you doing a first look? *
Time of first look *
Time of first look
PORTRAIT INFO
Again, we can either do these before the ceremony, or wait until after. I recommend about 30 minutes for the bridesmaids and 20 minutes for the groomsmen. When we do the couple portraits, I request that it's only the two of you and myself. I like to have about a 45 minutes to an hour for these photos. We can do half after the ceremony, and more when the sun goes down if that's what you'd like. Nothing is better than sunset photos!
Bridal party - start time *
Bridal party - start time
Family photos - start time *
Family photos - start time
Couples portraits - start time *
Couples portraits - start time
CEREMONY INFO
Yay, the whole point of the wedding day! I'll ask later down in the form if there's anything special I need to know about.
Ceremony start time
Ceremony start time
If you're having a half hour of music before the wedding, please put that time down.
Ceremony end time
Ceremony end time
Are you doing a receiving line or releasing pews?
RECEPTION INFO
Time for the party!
Cocktail Hour - start time
Cocktail Hour - start time
Reception - start time
Reception - start time
Reception - end time
Reception - end time
MUST-HAVE FAMILY SHOT LIST
I don't work off of a shot list exclusively, but a shot list for family photos is super helpful to me. It's also helpful in the people in these photos know to stay or arrive for these photos so there is no confusion of having to track people down. Having a family member or friend who has this list and is able to keep track of everyone is really helpful! As long as everyone is present and prompt, family photos shouldn't take more than 30-40 minutes. PLEASE WRITE THE FIRST NAMES OF THE PEOPLE YOU'D LIKE IN THESE PHOTOS BELOW.
(ring bearer, flower girl, etc.)
Bride + Groom + bride's siblings Bride + Groom + groom siblings
This includes any full family photos, group shots, etc. Please remember that for every large grouping, I'll need approximatly 5-10 minutes to get everyone situated.
IMPORTANT WEDDING DETAILS
All important wedding details and things I need to know will be addressed here. Fancy exits, events at the reception, and surprises - we'll get to all of it below.
Some churches are particular about where the photographer can be in regards to the altar. If you're venue is outside near a cliff/water/whatever, please let me know that, too.
Same things apply as above.
Different last names, missing family members, family members that have passed, anything you think I might need to know about it.
Are you doing a bouquet toss?
Are you doing a garter toss?
A getaway car, sparkler send-off, fireworks, choreographed dances, etc.
These things include special jewelry, if you're bringing a pet, your invitations, specific photos of your rings, etc.
I'd love to hear about why you're doing what you're doing for your wedding!
Your venue is so important, and it usually means a lot to the people who pick it. Share why you picked yours!
Music is always so important and detailed and important. I'd love to hear why you picked the music you chose.
WEDDING VENDORS
I love to credit all the people I work with after the wedding! Please share all the amazing people you're working with!
THANK YOU SO MUCH.
Thank you for 1) taking the time for dealing with this giant list of questions, and 2) thank you for choosing, and trusting, me with this incredibly day you've planned. I am so happy for you, and I am so happy to celebrate with you soon!