The Perfect Photography Timeline for A Fall Wedding

Tourists flock from all across the country to see east TN’s fall colors, so it’s no surprise that fall is also the busiest time of the year for weddings! Because of the earlier sunset time and daylight savings, you have to do a little extra planning to make sure your timeline runs smoothly. Here’s a basic fall timeline with ten hours of photography coverage that I follow for weddings in October and November! All times are based on EST time, so if you’re getting married in Nashville, adjust everything to one hour earlier!

I leave a lot of extra padding in my timelines in case things run behind, which they often do!


12:00 - I arrive and photograph details, hair and make-up, and candids

1:30 - Bride into dress

1:50 - First Look and Portraits

2:15 - Full Wedding Party Photos

2:45 - Bridals and Bridesmaids Photos (I always aim to get the ladies done first so that they can get back inside and fix any hair and make-up/chill before the ceremony!)

3:15 - Groom and Groomsmen Photos

4:00 - I photograph ceremony details and candids of guests arriving

5:00 - Ceremony

5:30 - Family Formals

6:00 - Sunset Photos (sunset times vary GREATLY in the fall, so check google for exactly what time sunset is on your date!)

6:30 - Enter Reception

6:45 - Dinner

7:45 - Reception (dancing, cake cutting, tosses)

10:00 - Sparkler Exit

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