When it comes to planning out your wedding timeline for the day it can be quite daunting. Generally, you wouldn’t have much experience with planning out an event as big as a wedding and every wedding is unique. I’ve put together a few tips on planning out your wedding day timeline, every day will run a little different, but I hope these help in some way.
Liaise with your suppliers..
When planning your wedding schedule, it’s really important to chat to your wedding suppliers about the time frames they may need for certain parts of the day. Whether it be to set things up for the ceremony/reception or how long we as photographers and videographers need for getting ready, family photos and creative photos etc.
Something that you may think would only take 30 minutes may need extra time depending on who you hire so it is really important to check things over with those suppliers you have hired for the day.
Think of the light..
Light is really important when it comes to photography, it can take a photo from being ‘ok’ to ‘amazing’ in an instant. I suggest chatting to your photographer about the best possible light for your day. Every wedding is different depending on the location and the time of year. As an example, if you are having a May wedding in Adelaide you might need to start your ceremony a bit earlier than you originally thought as the sunsets a lot earlier at that time of year.
Know that things can run late and factor it in..
Most weddings rarely stay to the allocated schedule and I find it is one of the bigger stresses of a wedding day for the bride and groom. It’s better to allocate extra time for things such as makeup, travel, congratulations, family photos, speeches and food. Because we all know as much as we ask our special people doing speeches to keep it to 5 minutes, they rarely do haha. If you allocate extra time it means that you will stress less, nothing worse than having something scheduled for every 5 minutes of the day and not being able to relax and take in the day.
Plan for your family/guest photos..
Although they are a very important part of a wedding, family photos can if not planned properly can take a big chunk of time from you enjoying your day. I suggest really thinking about who your VIP’s are and who you must have photos with on the day. All of my weddings I ask my couples to write up lists of groups for the family photos, this way I can call out names and no one gets missed. You can chat to your parents about certain photos they may want with relatives to avoid running around after people. I also suggest talking to your celebrant so they can make an announcement before/after the ceremony about family hanging around for the photos, to avoid them running off to the toilet or going inside for a drink. Another good idea if you have large families is having someone designated to help the photographer find certain family members and get everyone organised to make them go as smoothly as possible.
Make time just before sunset to have photos..
If you were to ask a photographer when their favourite time to shoot is, most if not all would say that sunset is. That warm glow of light is absolutely stunning for photographs. Depending on the time of year sunset could be as early as 5:30pm or as late as 8:30pm so it is really important to have a look at what time the sun will set on your day. If the sun sets during the reception, I suggest putting aside 20-30 minutes to sneak away with your photographer for some sunset photos. Believe me it will be worth it, plus it’s a little respite and a chance for you to spend some quality time together and soak in that you actually got married today!
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