Wedding Day Schedule
Congratulations! Your wedding day is almost here! Crazy, isn't it!? We are so excited for you, and we want the very best for you, your family, and your friend! We also want the best for your wedding day memories, experience, and photographs. From photographing 100+ wedding and applying systems analysis, we have crafted the best timing outline to maximize the experience and photographs and to minimize stress and problems. After reading this outline, please fill out the form below and submit it. Anywhere in this process, if you have any questions and/or want some help planning, please do not hesitate to call us or set up a time to chat at 330.416.5434. After you have submitted the form, we will give you a call the week of your wedding, usually Monday or Tuesday, for a final consultation.
Wedding Day Philosophy
The very first thing to keep in mind is to relax and enjoy your wedding day. Have this mindset all week (month) long. You have this thing down! You have been planning this day for a long time and you have it covered. If a detail or two gets missed, no big deal, just let it go. Also, this is a wedding and people are coming, so goofy things will come up. It could be a bridesmaid forgot her dress or someone is having an emotionally tough time or a family member is running late. Just relax, go with the flow, and don't take things personally.
Second, we want to keep things moving and rocking out all day long. It's when timing gets stretched out or slows down too much that drama can happen. It really comes down to people wanting leadership and direction. Think good, high energy in concentrated time. When the events are moving and shaking, that is when the best photographs occur. It is best when things are happening and then we come in with good, high energy and blast out the pictures and keep things moving and having fun! When things are stretched out and slow and we are around, people feel like they have to be "on" and it can start to look unnatural. You are less likely to get nice candid shots, and people get "camera tired," so overall the pictures are not the quality that we want. It is counter-intuitive, but usually less is more.
Wedding Day Timing Outline (this does not count travel time)
- Getting Ready: 2-3 hours. 15-20 minutes goes to the guys and the rest is with the ladies.
- Arrive at Ceremony Location: 30 minutes prior to start
- Ceremony: 20-60 minutes.
- Receiving Line: 0.5-1.5 hours. This takes longer than you would think!
- Grand Exit: 15-30 minutes.
- Family Pictures: 8-12 minutes if everyone is there. We like to punch these out quickly. It makes it a lot more fun, fast, and efficient.
- Bridal Party Pictures: 15-30 minutes. We like to capture these quickly too. Fast and energetic!
- "Formal" Pictures: 0.75-2 hours. This should not count travel time.
NOTE: If you have not yet planned out your day-of schedule, consider starting with the time/times that you are sure of and then working backwards. For example, if you know that your ceremony is going to be at 5:15, then you can plan out your times working backwards to know when you should be getting ready. Don't forget to plan in lunch for the day!!