Six Most overlooked Tips on Planning your Wedding Timeline
For most couples planning a wedding is fun, but could be a little stressful, especially since you have no experience planning an event that big (which is completely normal duh!). Here are some great tips that many times couples forget about, but are so essential to have a perfect and worry-free wedding day!
If your ceremony is at the venue (and immediately followed by a cocktail hour), you would only have about 50 minutes to get all of the portraits (family, wedding party, and you as a couple). That also means no cocktail hour for you. Opting in for a first look would take all the stress off, you’ll have a lot more beautiful photos AND you will be able to enjoy more of the wedding being present at your cocktail hour!
Yes, your photographer will have a shot list with what groups of people you’d like to have for photos, but likely your photographer won’t know how your uncle or cousin looks like. Having a dedicated person to assist in gathering “missing” people would speed up the process = stress-free wedding for you!
If you have the wedding all at one place, that’s great, but if there is travel involved, it’s better to add extra 10-15 minutes beyond the normal travel time for unforeseen traffic or road work. Also, don’t forget to check if there is a large event that day nearby – things like concerts, festivals, races all could cause extra delays on the road.
If your wedding guest list and wedding party are relatively small, then one photographer is a way to go. You should very strongly consider having a team of two people if any one or more applies:
“Getting ready” portion of the day runs late. We have seen this at 90% of weddings. It can be 10 minutes or sometimes 2 hours. Make sure you leave some additional time for yourself and your girls that day – because make-up and hairstyling can take longer than anticipated. If you know that most of your girlfriends are often late – prepare them ahead of time to be on time for your day!
Staying in a good mood is everything -it’s your wedding day! True story: one of our couples had a wedding in a state park under the open sky, both ceremony, and reception. It was pouring rain all day long. Mud was everywhere, No proper tents, DJ did not show up (due to the weather), dance floor without roof/cover…Still, they had a blast, it was one of the most amazing and fun weddings we’ve photographed!
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