Planning your wedding can be a daunting task.  So much to think about, so many decisions to make so many vendors to think about guests to invite.  It is enough to make your head spin.  One part that couples struggle with and understandably so they haven't done this before is how much time to plan for their photography needs.  Things take more time then you think is part of the problem and the other is what I call the "hidden time" events such as the fact that guests start arriving 30 minutes before the ceremony actually begins and often the groom and groomsmen will arrive then too.  So from a photography perspective you wedding photography wouldn't start at the ceremony time but actually 30 minutes before.  Then there is the receiving line which often takes 30 minutes itself.  

 

For this reason I have provided a little wedding plannning timeline to help you detarmine how many hours of coverage would best be needed to cover your wedding day

 

Wedding Planning Timeline
Segment or part of the wedding to photograph Description

Average time duration

Getting ready gals   1 hour
Getting ready guys 1 hour  
First Look shots    
     
Pre ceremony shots guests arriving at church, grooms men putting on boutonieers, church detail shots- Bride arrives, procession line up 30 minutes before ceremony