It always pays to have a plan when it comes to wedding photography, but there can often be aspects that are genuinely out of our control. We would all love the perfect weather of course and we would all love for everything to run to schedule. But with a wedding essentially being a live event we need to consider the possibility that this may not be the case. With this in mind it's important to be flexible on the day, and an experienced photographer will always know when to step in and make a suggestion to juggle the timings around to get the best results for you. For a typical wedding day my approach would be to let you enjoy some time mingling with your guests straight after the ceremony. It's important that you get to enjoy this time and to say hi to everyone. From there we can capture the group/family shots which would typically be very close to the venue, so you are still surrounded by family and friends. To maximise time I like to capture photographs with the two of you for roughly 20 minutes before the wedding breakfast. It can take a little time for all of your guests to be seated, so it makes sense capture those images while this is happening, and once we are done you can be announced into the room.
As the sun starts to set, its the perfect time to get outside again with just the two of you. Evening light tends to be the most flattering, particularly on a sunny day. So another 20 minutes or so is about right for this. None of this is set in stone of course. If it looks as though the sun may set before food/speeches are completed, it's often possible to sneak outside for 5-10 minutes between courses. If the list of family photographs is quite long, I may break it up and capture some in the afternoon and some in the evening.
As a wedding photographer, I will always be aware of those aspects and be able to guide you through the day without you even knowing. I take care of those things so you can concentrate on having fun.