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Sample Reception Schedule

This sample reception schedule outlines typical event timing. Help me help you. But you do you.

These recommendations work best for wedding photographers, but if you or your wedding planner prefers a modified schedule, that works too.

7:00 PM – 7:05 PMGrand Entrance
7:05 PM – 7:10 PMFirst Dance
7:10 PM – 7:20 PMParent Dances
7:20 PM – 7:30 PMToasts
7:30 PM – 8:30 PMMeal
8:00 PM – 8:30 PMTable Photos
8:30 PM – 8:35 PMSlideshow
8:40 PM – 8:45 PMCake Cutting
8:45 PM – 8:50 PMBouquet Toss
8:50 PM – 8:55 PM
Garter Toss
8:55 PM – MidnightDancing

For reception coverage, I'll photograph traditions as they happen. I typically provide little if any direction to you or your guests except when I'm asked to take a group portrait.

At formal receptions, I may sometimes direct guests so that they will appear more presentable in these photographs. For informal receptions, I may be more casual in my posing or direction.

Outside of those portraits, I'll photograph you, your guests, and your traditions candidly, capturing natural moments.