Eight-Hour Wedding Timeline Sample Ideas For An 8-Hour Wedding

Having your wedding photographer for 8 hours gives you plenty of time for your wedding festivities as well as wedding photos. Generally, an eight-hour wedding timeline gives your photographer plenty of time to capture all the details and activities of your day. Additionally, it provides a buffer in case any part of your day is running behind. Another benefit to choosing an eight-hour package is plenty of time if you are having the ceremony and reception at different sites. i.e. a church wedding and a banquet hall reception.

As a highly recommended wedding photographer in Dayton, Ohio, I offer 6-hour, 8-hour, and 12-hour wedding photography packages that meet the needs of most wedding couples and ensure plenty of time to capture amazing wedding images. To complement these, I have created an 8-hour wedding photography timeline below. This is here to assist you in your wedding planning.

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Sample Timeline For An 8-Hour Wedding / 8 Hour Wedding

The 8-hour timeline is for a wedding day where the couple desires a first look with the ceremony starting at 5 pm.  You may customize this schedule to fit your day.  Please note: the more time you give the photographer for wedding portraits, family photos, and wedding party photos, the better images you will receive.

  • 1:00 pm – Getting Ready Photographs

  • 2:30 pm – Wedding Couple Special And Meaningful First Look

  • 2:45 pm – Wedding Couple’s Portrait Session

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

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

  • 5:00 pm – Wedding Ceremony

  • 5:30 pm – Receiving Line or Dismissal

  • 6:30 pm – Grand Entrance

  • 2.5 Hours Remaining For Reception Photographs


On an 8-hour wedding day, I prioritize our time together wisely and use the allotted time to ensure that every special moment is represented in your photographs. While it may be shorter or longer compared to other weddings, I am equipped to deliver the highest quality images that portray the essence and beauty of your day. Lastly, feel free to customize my eight-hour wedding timeline to help make your wedding day a success.