How to Get the Best Wedding Timeline Ever
When it comes to your wedding day, there are definitely ways to maximize your time and get the best wedding timeline ever! We recommend really sitting down and thinking about what you envision for your photos, what family groupings are needed and where you envision taking them, and when you want your photographers to arrive and leave for the day.
For your wedding portraits, do you want them indoors or outdoors? Do you have a specific setting? Do you like nature or want more city and urban photos? Think about what you like on Pinterest and what stands out to you. Remember, if you’re pinning beach sunset photos and your photos are happening at noon in Downtown Toledo, you’re going to have a completely different look.
If you want your photos outdoors, are you scared of bugs? Do you want your hair to be perfect and having the wind blowing it will just stress you out? Remember that when we are outdoors, we cannot control the weather, the sun, the wind, the people that may be hanging out around there, or the animals that may be hanging out around there. We are completely at mercy of whatever the weather is like that day (or minute, since we are in Ohio). If those things stress you out, you may want to consider something inside where we can perfect your hair and not have the possibility of dirt on your dress (it will come out when dry cleaned).
When do you envision your photographer arriving? Is it during hair/makeup? During the getting ready shots? Also, think about what events are happening that evening and when you want them to end. You can think about after cake/formal dances as the earliest time to leave, a little into the fun dancing photos, after events such as bouquet/garter, during your sparkler exit, or all the way until the very end! It’s your choice and completely up to you! Sidenote: We can fake a sparkler exit if you don’t want us to stay all the way until the end but want that ending shot! Ask us how!
What kind of setting do you want for your getting photos? Really think about a room with lots of natural light, such as a hotel or parents/friends home instead of a dark basement in a church or a nursery with brightly colored walls. It’ll make all the difference.
Do you want your bridesmaids dresses or in their robes when you get into your dress? Sometimes people want a quick shot of everyone together before the girls get into their dresses. If we have an earlier start time before the ceremony, it’s absolutely doable! Those girls will be in your photos when you get into your dress, so just think about what you want them to look like in the background! Some people have a preference and some people do not care either way!
Is your wedding tight in between the ceremony and reception? If you’re in the same location and only have 60 minutes in between your ceremony and reception introductions, consider a 90 minute cocktail hour or a first look before the ceremony. You’ll maximize your time and have way less stress. Hope you enjoyed our post on How to Get the Best Wedding Timeline Ever!