If you’re planning your wedding day yourselves, it’s probably the first time you’ve done anything like this! 🙂
To help you figure out the timeline or schedule of the day, here’s a quick look at how much time wedding photos usually take.
How much time is needed for portraits on wedding day?
- 15 minutes
Time to walk to a private location and to capture your reactions as you see each other for the first time on your wedding day.
- 3 to 4 minutes per group photo
A sample family photo list could look like:
– Wedding couple + both families together
– Wedding couple + family 1
– Wedding couple + family 2
– Wedding couple + just parents 1
– Wedding couple + just parents 2
– Wedding couple + a grandparent
– Wedding couple + a group of siblings
For something like this example, 30 minutes on the schedule would be ideal.
Wedding party photos
- 10 to 30 minutes
With 10 minutes, you’ll have enough time for a quick session with a few group photos of the whole team.
With 30 minutes, you’ll have time to do a variety of fun group photos in different places and individual pictures with you and each one of your bridesmaids or groomsmen.
Wedding couple photos
- 45 to 60 minutes
The more time you give yourselves, the more relaxed and natural your wedding portraits will be! With more time, we also have the chance to wander around to a few different locations. So feel free to schedule more than 60 minutes to allow for plenty of creativity.
You can mix-and-match all these blocks of time based on your needs. For example, not every wedding couple does a “first look“. Or if you just have 2 witnesses instead of a big wedding party with 8 bridesmaids or groomsmen each, you can assume those group photos will take less time.
I hope this guideline is helpful in planning how much time you’ll need to schedule on your wedding day for formal pictures.
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