Creating a Timeline for your Elopement - Heather Anderson Photography

Creating a Timeline for your Elopement

Apr 21


During an elopement one of the most rewarding parts of my job is getting to be apart of the planning process of my couples wedding day. One of my favorite things to do with my couples is create the timeline. Creating the timeline with my couples, hand and hand helps us both to understand the flow and importance of the day.

I have put together a list of things I ask my couples when going over and creating their timeline for their wedding day and I wanted to share

  • I ask what time are they considering their ceremony? I love suggesting right before sunset so we can capture sunset pictures directly after (MY FAVORITE!)
  • Will they be doing a first look?
  • Do you want to focus on multiple locations for portraits?
  • I always ask if family will be in attendance and if we will be doing photos with them, before or after.
  • Personally, I suggest an hour and a half for photos and that time can be split up before and after the ceremony. I always ask to make sure this is enough time for my couples.
  • I LOVE adventure, so finding new places throughout the day is one of my favorite things to do. I always check with my couples to make sure that its ok to find new places during pictures!

Here is a quick sample timeline I wanted to share with you for your elopement day (please note, these times do not coincide with all of my elopement packages)

11:00 am – Photographer (me!) to arrive to check in with bride, florist to arrive with florals, any other vendor

11:30 am – Hair and makeup to begin for the bride / getting ready pictures

12:30 pm – Hair and makeup to end

1:30 pm – First look photos

2:00 pm – Photographer + bride + groom + guests to head to ceremony location

3:45 pm – Ceremony

4:30 pm – Ceremony to end

4:45 pm – Sunset photos

6:30 pm – SUNSET

Dinner to Follow

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