In order to help the day run smoothly and get you guys to your party faster it is important to establish an organized (and realistic) timeline for the day to play out especially with your photographer. I know I act more as a wedding coordinator the day of to ensure not only folks are in the right places at the right time but to make sure all of the sequences of photos are taken with ease.
All that being said, this is a ‘mock up’ of how I like to run things (based on a 2pm ceremony time and a traditional ceremony). This also works seamlessly if you are in the midst of planning a destination wedding as well:
12-12:30pm Getting the dress on, finishing touches, etc.
12:30-1pm Groom’s photos (alone, with groomsmen, and family).
1-1:30pm Bride’s photos (alone, with bridesmaids, and family).
1:30-2pm No formal photos- just candid’s as guests arrive.
2-3pm Ceremony and receiving line.
3-3:45pm Formal and fun photos at ceremony site with family, bridal party, and the two of you.
3:45-4:15pm Travel to outdoor location or around other locales.
4:15-5:30pm Bridal party photos fun, candid, and formal outside and then just intimate photos of the two of you.
6-? Reception time!
…just a few tidbits to think about as you plan your EPIC day!