Six-Hour Wedding Timeline Sample Ideas For A 6-Hour Wedding

How To Create Wedding Day Timeline And What Is Ideal For 6 Hours

The best advice I can give to you to ensure a successful wedding day is to have a wedding day schedule such as my six-hour wedding timeline.  Although I do not drive or dictate every step of your day, I do provide a suggested timeline to ensure your big day is as smooth as possible. From a selfish standpoint, I want to be able to use the time allotted to me to create the wedding photos you deserve. Furthermore, I work efficiently and want to maximize my creativity, so having adequate time is critical.  This 6-hour wedding timeline outlines the steps to guide your wedding day and to get the most out of your Dayton wedding photographer. Wedding couples use this timeline and many others use custom timelines. I would be happy to provide input on your wedding timeline. Just ask!

What Wedding Photography Packages Do I Offer

As one of the most experienced Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus wedding photographers, I can offer creative wedding images that tell the story of your day.  Generally, my 8-hour and 12-hour wedding photography packages fulfill the needs of most wedding couples and ensure ample time to capture amazing wedding images. I do, of course, offer a 6-hour package as well.

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Check out my 10-hour wedding day timeline.

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Sample Timeline For A 6-Hour Wedding / 6 Hour Wedding With A First Look

The sample six-hour wedding timeline assumes a 5 pm ceremony start time. These are suggestions and can be fully customized to fit your wedding day.  Please understand the more time you give your wedding photographer for wedding portraits, family photos, and wedding party photos, the better images you will receive.

  • 2:00 pm – Getting Ready Photographs

  • 2:50 pm – Wedding Couple First Look

  • 3:00 pm – Wedding Couple Portrait Session

  • 3:45 pm – Family Portraits And Wedding Party Portraits

  • 4:30 pm – The wedding Party Freshens Up While Guests Arrive

  • 5:00 pm – Wedding Ceremony

  • 5:30 pm – Final Family Photos For Those People Who Didn’t Arrive Early

  • 6:00 pm – Grand Entrance

  • 2 Hours Remaining For Reception Photographs

Sample Timeline For A 6-Hour Wedding / 6 Hour Wedding Without A First Look

  • 2:00 pm – Getting Ready Photographs

  • 3:15 pm – Groom And Groomsmen Portraits

  • 3:45 pm – Bride And Bridesmaid Portraits

  • 4:15 pm – The wedding Party Freshens Up While Guests Arrive

  • 5:00 pm – Wedding Ceremony

  • 5:30 pm – Wedding Party And Family Portraits

  • 6:00 pm – Wedding Couple Portrait Session

  • 6:20 pm – Grand Entrance

  • 1 Hour 40 Minutes Remaining For Reception Photographs

At Kevin Lush Photography, I understand that not every couple’s wedding day unfolds with the same schedule or timeline. Whether due to budget constraints or personal preferences, some couples choose to have a shorter, more intimate wedding day experience. For those planning a 6-hour wedding day, I offer tailored services to make every moment count.

Here Are The Wedding Day Sections You And I Can Cover In The Time Frame

Getting Ready: I recommend starting the day with 1-2 hours for getting ready. During this time, we capture the anticipation and excitement as you and your loved ones prepare for the big day. These candid shots often hold a special place in the hearts of couples as they reminisce about the moments leading up to saying “I do.”

  1. First Look and Portraits: Next, I allocate time for a romantic first look and couple portraits. This is an intimate moment where the soon-to-be newlyweds see each other for the first time before the ceremony. I capture the raw emotions, love, and connection between you two in a series of beautifully composed photographs.

  2. Ceremony: With a 6-hour wedding day, I suggest dedicating approximately 30-60 minutes to your ceremony. This includes the processional, vows, exchanging of rings, and your joyful exit as a married couple. We discreetly document every precious moment, ensuring that you can relive the ceremony through our stunning imagery.

  3. Family and Wedding Party Portraits: Capturing group portraits is an essential part of any wedding. I work efficiently to gather your family members and wedding party for a series of beautifully posed and candid shots. I ensure that every important person is included, creating timeless keepsakes that you’ll cherish forever.

  4. Reception Highlights: As the evening progresses, I capture the memorable highlights of your reception. From the grand entrance to the toasts, cake cutting, and first dance, we document the lively atmosphere, genuine emotions, and happy celebrations shared by your loved ones. These images serve as a visual storyline, bringing your wedding day back to life each time you revisit them.

  5. Final Moments: Finally, I conclude the day with an hour of coverage for the reception, capturing the last dance, emotional farewells, and any other planned activities. I ensure that no moment gets missed as you bid farewell to your friends and family, leaving you with a collection of images that tell the end of your extraordinary wedding story.


On a 6-hour wedding day, I prioritize our time together wisely to ensure that every special moment is represented in your photographs. While it may be shorter compared to a traditional all-day wedding, I am equipped to deliver the highest quality images that portray the essence and beauty of your day. Lastly, feel free to customize my six-hour wedding timeline to help make your wedding day a success.