3 Small Things That Greatly Impact your Wedding Timeline
Jun 1, 2019 | By: Melissa
So guys can we chat timeline? Does timeline feel overwhelming to you? We all know how stinking important it is for the day to flow correctly, and if you haven’t been a part of 1.5 billion weddings, you may be forgetting a few things when you plan yours! Even a wedding coordinator may overlook small details from a photographic standpoint that can greatly impact your wedding day flow.
If there is anything worse than running extremely late, it’s being the photographer that is causing it, YIKES!! I learned super early on in my wedding career, that you DO not want to be the cause of the day running behind. While there will always be things we can’t control, there are definitely some things that you may not have even given a thought to prior to reading this! So let’s talk about them!
The wedding dress. You’re probably thinking, ok what? When most people shop for a wedding dress, they don’t really think, “let’s buy based on how long it will take me to get into this bad boy!” But buyer beware! If you choose a corset dress, or even one that has a billion buttons- you will definitely need to account time for that. While your wedding dress expert can get you suited up fairly quickly, they won’t be there on your wedding day. So give a little extra time, because your best friend may have to lace you up and then un-lace you because they have just realized it’s all wrong! And what you thought would be 10 minutes, has now turned into 40.
The receiving line. When I mention this to my brides on the phone when we have our timeline call, they usually say “what’s that?” So to those of you who are wondering this very question, it’s when you stand at the back of the church or ceremony area and greet every single one of your guests. While you may think hugging and kissing 100 people will take 10 minutes, rest assured Aunt Suzy and cousin Becky will have more than just a simple “congratulations” to say... to you both. What you think could be 15 minutes, can easy be 45. So if you are wanting to do this, no sweat! But be sure to plan enough time, especially if you are not choosing to do a first look.
Family photos. Ok so I totally understand how important family is. And some of us are super close even to extended family. Or may be mom just wants the whole side of the Smith crew to have a photo together, because no one is ever in the same place at once. Yes all 30 of them. I always send my brides an easy form to list the family combinations they want because to me it is a very personal thing. Some people just want immediate family, some people want photos with their 3rd cousin, twice removed. (Is that even a thing? Who knows.) The important thing here is this can eat up massive amounts of time. Not only do we have to wrangle 30 people into one photo, but if any escape into cocktail hour, this 3 minute orchestrated photo could turn into 7. Try that with three different groups of people and you get my point. Again you make the call here, but just always always take it into consideration. A good alternative time to extended family photos, is to grab them during dinner down time, or even cocktail hour (where most of them have probably escaped to!).
The bottom line is your timeline is extremely important! Be sure to discuss not only with your planner, but definitely your photographer, as their input is crucial! I make sure I have timeline calls with all my brides because it is so important to me that they have the best possible experience on their wedding day! Planning as best we can to relieve any stress the day of. But my biggest tip, is even if things get behind, remember this is YOUR day. Nothing can start without you and do not let anything bring you down or keep you from enjoying it to the fullest. Even in imperfection it will be perfect!