8 Answers to 8 Common Wedding Timeline Questions
Here are useful answers for the ideal wedding day timeline and some insight that will help your wedding day go much more smooth! There are many factors that go into a wedding day, and the more prepared we are, the less stress you will feel on the day of the wedding!
Here are some some common questions our couples have;
1. First look or not?
There is really no wrong way to do it. We have successfully covered weddings with, or without a first look. However, our experience has shown us that if a couple elects to do a first look, we can usually fit in extra time just for bride & groom portraits. It is your big day and you will choose how you will remember the day! It is about a 70/30 split for our couples, most in favor of. Here’s a couple who elected to do a first look and here’s a couple who kept it traditional. No matter which timeline you choose, you can’t go wrong!
2. Do you start at the beginning when we’re getting ready and stay till the end of reception?
After your reception program of the timeline has concluded, we like to stay 15 – 30 minutes into your open dance. Anything longer would just result in repetitive photos. For the getting ready portion, we typically only need 30 minutes – 1 hour. Ideally, we would come right when the make-up artist is doing her final touch ups with you and all the bridesmaids are ready to go! Keep this in mind when creating your timeline.
3. How big is the bridal party and family formal list?
For family formals we like to keep it under 15 minutes. That is usually doable if everybody cooperates and sticks around right after the ceremony. Please communicate this to your DJ or the officiant. They should make an announcement at the end of the ceremony for the bridal party and immediate family to stay for photos. It is helpful to write down family portrait groupings. This will help move the groupings along and cut the time down to a minimum. Please also make sure to provide our team with a contact person who can call out people by name or relationships.
4. Will you document the reception area?
The venue and all the decors, flowers, place settings, are probably the most expensive items on your wedding budget. Our team will need approximately 15-20 minutes in order to shoot all the reception details. We are talking about centerpieces, cake, favors, flowers, dessert table, overall area shot, etc.. We will need the area completely sectioned off from guests so we can get a ‘clean’ shot of the area. All of our clients appreciate this, because otherwise they would never know what the reception area looks like! Please keep this in mind when working on your timeline and ask the coordinator to have all the decorations during cocktail hour and at least 15 minutes before guests are allowed in.
5. When will the photographers eat dinner or take a break?
The best time for us to eat dinner is when the bride & groom are eating. This is not because we like to eat before everybody else we promise! This will help to achieve a fuller coverage of your wedding reception. There will be two photographers at your wedding and you will always be able to find one of us, even if one of us is taking a quick restroom break.
If you need to have additional hours of coverage on your wedding day, do not worry, we have it covered! Our photographers only book one event per day so we are here for you as long as you need.
Typically, your lead photographer will be in charge of the bride getting ready, family portraits, & romantic portraits. The second shooter is in charge of details, candids, cocktail hour, groom getting ready shots, and provide a 2nd angle for the coverage.
We love special surprises at weddings! Please send us everything you are planning that is not the typical formality, and we will do our absolute best to capture it.