This is an absolute must! As a photographer, the first thing that I do right after signing the contract is that I do is a preliminary draft of a rough timeline. It is such an important part of the wedding day knowing ahead of time that there will be enough time to do everything!
There is so much to squeeze into a 10 hour day that I feel like my bride and groom have so much to think about that when it all starts building that sometimes the timeline gets pushed to the back.
I cannot tell you how much my couples appreciate it that I bring this up right from the beginning! A lot of times they do not realize that about one and a half hours need to be set aside for all of the portrait photographs. There have been times when we chat about it and there is no time between the church and the cocktail hour and when a couple chooses not to do a “First Look” they either have to miss their cocktail hour (which most people do not want to sacrifice that part of the day) or go back to the venue and start changing around the timeline at the venue and usually that does not work.
So my advice is that if your photographer does not bring it up from the beginning, that you should absolutely mention it right from the start! You will not regret it!