Des Moines Wedding Photographer


As a Des Moines photographer, Whenever I meet with a bride we always make a wedding day time line. I think it helps visualize the day and plan things out. Every wedding is different so your time line will be unique to you! However, I thought it might be helpful if I shared a mock wedding time line with the ideal times of what we will need.

The average wedding coverage is 7-8 hours. In saying that I have shot 14+ hours and 4 hour weddings. It all comes down to what you are wanting to be captured. Things to also consider is driving time. If you have to travel from the getting ready to ceremony, reception, or photo spots. Also you have to factor in how long receptions will be and how long it will take for people to sit, get their food and eat. Each venue staff is unique and so I feel like it is always best to talk to the event coordinator or catering staff, and go from there.



Wedding Day Itinerary Mock Up

11:00am – 1:30 pm

Hair & Make up (hair and makeup will take 1 – 2 hours at least to get done)


1:30 pm

Getting Ready @ Marriott downtown = 30 min to 1 hour

Detail Shots

Meet with bride

Getting Ready Shots – putting on dresses, lacing up dress, etc

Dress, Jewelry

Getting ready of Bride, Second shooter with Groom


2:15 pm

Head to Jasper Winery

First look with dad

Candids / Trolly

First Look w/ Groom

Couple photos. Just Bride & Groom

2:30 – 3:00 pm = at least 30 min Depending on how large the family group is.

Family Photos

Family Photos (big hug) outside

Bride’s Family Formal Portraits

Groom’s Family Formal Portraits

Venue photos at this time


3:00 pm


Hide away Bride for ceremony


3:30 – 4:00 pm = 30 min to 1 hour


Receiving line = 20 minutes
4:20 – 6:30 pm = 1 – 2 hours, sometimes 3

Trolly Ride & Bridal Photos

Bridal Party Photos

Bride  with Bridesmaids

Groom with Bridesmaids

Bride with Groomsmen

Groom with Groomsmen

Entire Wedding Party

Just Bride & Groom

6:45 pm

Leave for Reception


6:00 – 7:00 pm

Cocktail Hour for guests


7:00 pm

Reception  = at least an hour

Grand March

Cake cutting



*Ring Shots at this time*


8:00 – 8:30 pm

First dance

Father & Daughter Dance

8:30 – 10:00 pm

Dance party time