Having a set wedding day timeline is very important for how the day will go, and it starts with getting ready. When planning timeframe of your day consider that the wedding photographer should arrive at least 1 hour before the bride is ready. During this time, the photographer can get detail shots like the bride applying her last bit of lipstick, getting ready, dress, rings, invitation, bride sipping a glass of champagne, gathering with bridesmaids when getting ready for your wedding day. Make sure you have enough food for your and your hangry bridesmaids while everyone will be getting ready.
Schedule a time for a first look. This sentimental moment is really unique and you will never regret doing this. The photos of pre-ceremony first look photo session will make more sense as you can schedule it in better lighting place and it will be a much more intimate moment then seeing each other for a first time at the ceremony.
When planning your day you should keep in mind that the worst time for an outdoor photo shoot or outdoor ceremony is from 12 pm till 2 pm because of the very harsh light. The best time is one hour before sunset.
To better understand when to start getting ready, begin with the time that you need to arrive at the ceremony venue, and work backward. Ask yourself what do you need to do before that and it will help with the planning the timeline for your wedding day.