There are a lot of decisions you have to make when it comes to your wedding, your timeline being one of them! But where do you even begin? Here are the 5 decisions you need to make now to start planning your wedding day timeline:
01. Where do you want to get married?
I know this sounds like a no brainer but it can be a big deal when it comes to your wedding day timeline. Some venues plan to hold 2-3 weddings per day, and some only one. For those that hold multiple weddings, they will only allow specific time slots and sometimes they don’t exactly coordinate with your ideal wedding day vision. Ensure that you know the specifics of when your venue is happy to have you say your “I do”s before starting to plan your timeline.
02. Where are you getting ready?
Deciding where you want to get ready is a great start to planning your timeline and will also determine the amount of travel time you will need from there to the first look or ceremony location. If your parents house is a little bit out of the city, you will want to take that into consideration as sometimes travel can eat up 2+ hours of your timeline. Wondering what a first look is? Continue reading.
03. Do you want a first look?
First of all, what is a first look? A first look is an untraditional spin on seeing each other for the first time when you, the bride, walks down the aisle. The first look has an incredible amount of benefits when it comes to how you feel your wedding day, to your guest’s experience and to your images from your photographer. The downfall? It’s untraditional.
To incorporate a first look into your wedding day, your and your groom would get ready separately. With the help of your photographer, you’ll choose a photo worthy location. Before the ceremony, you will have your groom stand not facing you and as you approach him turn around to see you for the first time. It’s a moment that can be shared, unlike when he sees you walking down the aisle.
You can hug, kiss, share handwritten vows / cards and this is typically when you will take all of your portraits with your wedding photographer. By doing your photos now, not only are they full of emotion and genuine, but it leaves that hour of time to spend with your guests which leads us into question number 4…
04. Are guests your main importance?
If the answer is a yes, please refer back to question number three. 9 out 10 times, couples don’t get to spend enough time with their guests. The day is planned so meticulously that they didn’t leave any time to visit with their guests other than after dinner when they’re all stuffing their faces.
Whether you choose to do a first look or not, find a way to schedule in a cocktail hour that you can attend so you can mingle with your guests, grab some selfies and of course, some drinks to cheers to the occasion!
Oh, and another point – who likes waiting around for 2-3 hours before cocktail hour starts while the family, bridal party and couple does photos? Not me. I can say that for sure! Think about your guests and their overall experience. It’s much more exciting to bring the hugs and congratulations right into the reception after a small half hour break for family photos, don’t you think?
05. Do you want sunset photos?
Sunset photos are one of the last moments of the day to soak it all in, they’re romantic and as a wedding photographer, they’re sometimes my favourite photos I take all day. The lighting during sunset is flattering on our skin, the day is starting to slow down and you’ve finally realized that you’re married. He’s your husband and you’re his wife. I don’t think I need to convince you on this one…
If you loved this blog, “5 Decisions You Need To Make Now To Start Planning Your Wedding Day Timeline” check out “10 Things People Forget When It Comes to Planning Their Wedding“! Oh, and catch me on Instagram too @traceyjazminphoto because I’m always sharing tips and tricks to make your wedding day the best it can be.