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Wedding Planning in New Zealand – Sample timeline for winter and summer weddings

When planning your wedding, it is particularly important to pay attention to timing. We, as your wedding photographers, play one of the key roles on your special day. We capture memories and beautiful moments, but we also need you to be stress free as much as possible. So, these are the important facts you should think about when you are including us, your photographers, into your wedding plans.

Summer and winter weddings are different. Summer days are longer, you have more day time so pictures can be taken later, but still, be aware. Make sure, for example, you practice make up before your day, so when the real day comes, you already know how many hours you need. We come when your make up is done and photograph you and your groom getting ready in a mock make up kind of way.

There are also venues that can organize everything for you if you feel this would be least stressful.

Winter wedding New Zealand (sample of timeline)


  • 8:00am Breakfast and showers
  • 10:00am Begin hair and make-up or grooming prep
  • 11:30am Bouquet and buttonhole deliveries
  • 12:30pm Bridal party pictures and bubbly
  • 1:00pm Groom (if applicable) arrives for ceremony, guests start to arrive
  • 1:15pm Bride (if applicable) departs for the ceremony
  • 2:00pm Ceremony
  • 2:30pm Group photos
  • 3:00pm Confetti toss and couple departs for photographs with bridal party
  • 3:00pm Cocktails & canapés for guests
  • 4:30pm Couple arrives
  • 5:00pm Seat guests for dinner
  • 6:30pm Start speeches
  • 7:30pm Cut the cake
  • 8:00pm First dance and party start

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Summer wedding New Zealand (sample of timeline)


  • 9.00am Hair & makeup begins for Bride and bridesmaids
  • 12:30pm Bridal party pictures and bubbly
  • 12.40pm Groom starts getting dressed
  • 1.10pm Groom, groomsmen and family photos
  • 1.30pm  Groom leaves for ceremony location to greet guests (30 minute journey)
  • 1.30pm  Bride starts getting dressed
  • 2.00pm Bride, bridesmaid and family photos
  • 2.20pm Bride leaves for ceremony location (30 minute journey but allowing for extra time)
  • 3.00pm Ceremony (30 minutes)
  • 3.30pm Drinks served to guests
  • 3.45pm Group photos
  • 4.15pm Confetti toss and couple departs for photographs with bridal party
  • 6.00pm Couple arrives
  • 6.15pm Seat guests for dinner
  • 7:30pm Start speeches
  • 8:30pm Cut the cake
  • 9:00pm First dance and party start

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