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The Perfect Elopement Timeline || New York City || Elope in NYC

I think the question I get asked by clients more than anything else is – “How much time do we need?” Figuring out how much time is needed for an elopement can be a little more complicated than a traditional wedding, since there usually isn’t the typical schedule of get ready, first look, ceremony, family portraits, cocktail hour, reception, the end. A lot of my clients get married in the morning and then have dinner parties or small receptions in the evening. Or maybe they don’t have receptions at all. And if they’re getting married at City Hall, who knows how long we’ll be in there. So I figured it was time for me to tackle this subject on the blog.

I’ve found in my experience that typically you don’t need more than four hours of coverage for an elopement – although there are exceptions to the rule. But today I’m going to go over three sample timelines – one for each of the packages I offer – in the hope it will give you a sense of how much time you need for your elopement photography coverage.

The Two Hour Elopement

The two hour elopement is perfect for non-City Hall ceremonies, or for couples marrying at City Hall who only want a short portrait session afterwards. It’s also perfect if you don’t want any “getting ready” photographs beforehand. Here is an example of a two hour elopement timeline:

1:50pm: Meet at ceremony site in Central Park

2pm: Ceremony in Central Park

2:15pm: Ceremony ends, couple takes a few minutes to themselves

2:25pm: Begin group portraits if friends/family are present

2:40 to 3:50pm: Couples portraits in the park and the surrounding neighborhood

3:50pm: Photography coverage ends

The Three Hour Elopement

Three hours is usually the perfect amount of time for any elopement – whether it be at City Hall or elsewhere. It gives us enough time for “getting ready” photographs, ceremony coverage, and portraits afterwards. Here is an example of a three hour elopement timeline:

1pm: I arrive at hotel to cover the end of hair/make-up and couple getting dressed

1:45pm: Travel to Central Park for ceremony

2:05pm: Ceremony begins

2:20pm: Ceremony ends, couple takes a few minutes to themselves

2:25pm: Begin group portraits if friends/family are present

2:40 to 4pm: Couples portraits in the park and one or two other nearby locations

4pm: Photography coverage ends

The Four Hour Elopement

I find it’s rare that we need four hours of coverage, but there are cases where it’s necessary. If you want “getting ready” photographs, ceremony coverage, and portraits at a few different locations, then four hours is the way to go. Here is an example of a four hour elopement timeline:

1pm: I arrive at hotel to cover the end of hair/make-up and couple getting dressed

1:45pm: Travel to Central Park for ceremony

2:05pm: Ceremony begins

2:20pm: Ceremony ends, couple takes a few minutes to themselves

2:25pm: Begin group portraits if friends/family are present

2:40 to 3pm: Couples portraits in the park

3pm: Travel to Grand Central Station

3:15 to 3:30pm: Portraits in Grand Central Station

3:30pm: Travel to Brooklyn Heights

4 to 5pm: Portraits in Brooklyn Heights/Brooklyn Bridge Park

5pm: Photography coverage ends

Each of these timelines are based on the wedding not taking place at City Hall, so the City Hall timeline would be slightly different and include a little more waiting time, and I’ve also based it on the idea that you would have hired a car/driver for the day (which I usually recommend). If we’re getting around by subway or cab, travel times will usually be a bit longer, and we can’t get to as many locations. The one thing to remember when putting together your timeline is that time will seriously just disappear on your wedding day. I usually recommend padding your timeline a bit – give yourself an extra 10 minutes to get dressed, for travel… etc. because you’ll be shocked at how quickly the day goes.

 

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