THE MJS EXPERIENCE
SAMPLE WEDDING DAY TIMELINES
The timeline. Oh the dreaded timeline! It’s one of those things that makes people sweat just by hearing or seeing the word. Fear not, for we have helped so many couples create custom timelines that we can easily make one that works specifically for you!
What you will see below are general timeframes around the different parts of the day. We’ll break the timelines out for those weddings that have a First Look and those that are seeing each other for the first time in a Traditional Ceremony.
WEDDINGS WITH A FIRST LOOK
Weddings with a first look allow us to get all the photographs out of the way before the ceremony. Some couples opt for this so they can enjoy the remaining part of the wedding day without the stresses that come with formal photographs (if you want to read all about portrait sessions, read the portrait session section of the MJS Experience).
In terms of timing, the day would run as this: PREPS > FIRST LOOK > PORTRAIT SESSIONS > CEREMONY > COCKTAIL HOUR > RECEPTION. Now we’ll go through a sample timeline to show actual lengths of time for each part of the day.
Total Time: 9 Hours 45 Minutes
When everything is at the same location, we’ve been able to capture all major moments described above in as little as 8 hours. 8 hours is the minimum number of coverage hours we’d recommend as that timing does not include much buffer for delays or mishaps. It’s our recommendation to add an hour or two.
WEDDINGS WITH A TRADITIONAL CEREMONY
Seeing your soon-to-be spouse for the first time at the ceremony is something special. The anticipation of the moment coupled with the energy of a room full of your closest friends and family makes the traditional way of seeing each other still a very popular option. This does come at a price though, which we discuss at length in the Ceremony section of the MJS Experience.
In terms of timing, the day would run as this: PREPS > CEREMONY > PORTRAIT SESSIONS > COCKTAIL HOUR > RECEPTION. Now we’ll go through a sample timeline to show actual lengths of time for each part of the day.
Total Time: 10 Hours
When you are seeing each other in a traditional ceremony setting, there are many variables that affect timing. Our past experiences tell us that 10 hours or more are needed depending on the distances between the different locations.