When planning your wedding, there’s a lot to think about. And there are some things that you don’t even know you have to think about! Throughout your planning, you will create a rough timeline, but in the few weeks before your wedding, it’s time to finalize it. Here are some tips for your timeline that will help your wedding day go smoothly and allow your photographer/videographer to get the best coverage possible.
Plan in “catch up” time.
Throughout the day, throw in a few extra 10 min buffers that will allow you guys to catch up if you’re behind schedule, because every single wedding falls behind at least a little bit. And if you guys are right on time, it gives you a chance to sit down, breathe, rest your feet and drink some water, and take in the day. Your wedding day will be so go-go-go, it will be nice to take 10 minutes to relax here and there.
Plan extra time for getting ready.
You do NOT want to feel rushed before your day even starts. I was once at a wedding where they were so behind on getting ready that the officiant almost left before the ceremony even started. It made the bride cry and it was so horrible. To avoid anything like that happening, give yourself an hour more than what you think you need for getting ready. Having this extra time in there also allows me, your photographer, to get more detail shots, flat lays, and all those timeless getting ready shots that you want.
Set your itinerary and FOLLOW IT.
Follow the itinerary that you give your guests and vendors. This way, everyone will be on the same page and people will be at the right place at the right time. If you start mixing things up as you go, people will be very confused and lost, and your vendors and guests might not be ready for the event you’re wanting to start.
Book the right amount of hours.
Don’t try to cram 8 hours of coverage into 6. I see this happen a lot and it’s just not possible. Things get too chaotic and that’s the last thing you want on your wedding day! For example, if you want all the getting ready shots in the book but only have your photographer come 30 minutes before the ceremony, that just won’t be possible. Set aside an appropriate amount of time for each event so you can get full coverage of each event. Here’s what I recommend for certain events:
Getting ready: 1 – 2 hours depending on if it’s just you (the bride) or if you have your bridal party with you or if you want getting ready shots of the groom as well.
Set up/details before ceremony: 30 – 45 min. Any less than 30 min, guests start to fill the venue and it is difficult to get wide shots without guests in there.
Group photos: 1 – 1.5 hours. This depends on how many guests you have at your wedding
Bride and groom portraits: 30 – 45 min. I always get so sad when there simply isn’t time for bride and groom portraits, so MAKE SURE you set this time aside! This is YOUR day and you should not have to cut out the pictures of YOU guys!
Of course weddings have way more events than that, but those are the things that will really be affected if time is cut short.
You deserve a stress-free day!
I realllly hope you found these tips helpful! So as you put together your wedding day itinerary, just remember to set aside enough time for each event, plan for “catch up time”, and follow the itinerary you give your vendors! Doing these things will allow you to enjoy your day more and it will help your photographer/videographer get the most complete coverage of your day.