We know how it is, you're looking at your makeshift schedule for your wedding day and you're wondering to yourself....how are we going to fit EVERYTHING in to this day?!?!
We have been there. We can remember right up to the last minute feeling like we hadn't planned out our wedding day timeline enough and we weren't even sure we had set aside enough time for photos (how is this possible you ask?!?!?! Wedding stress is real stress friends haha). So we thought we would give you some pointers on planning out your day to help make it streamline as possible.
- Consider your ceremony/reception sites for unique planning
If you are having your ceremony and reception at two separate locations make sure to take in account the drive time between the two as well as how this will play in to your time getting ready pre-ceremony and your photography time post-ceremony. We have found it is best to add in some buffers to prevent any added stress on travelling from one location to the next.
- Think about your ceremony start time and then think backwards
It may sound weird, but most venues give you a set ceremony time. So if you can start with that in your mind you can work backwards to plan out when you should be at the salon for hair and make up, when you want to have your dress on, when you need the entire wedding party dressed etc. This is also the best time to think about whether you are going to have a first look (want more info on first looks?? Check out this whole blog post on the subject here.) If you are planning on a first look then you want to factor that in now to add an extra 45 min before your ceremony to be dressed and ready.
- Plan time for your photos!
I know, I know - you think I'm biased here BUT planning adequate time for photography is a must! This is especially important if you are planning to have a ceremony that is starting later in the afternoon or towards dusk. If you want beautiful images outdoors showcasing the scenery of your venue and all it has to offer than planning ahead will be key. Traditionally, photos are taken during the cocktail hour leaving about 45-60 minutes for photos. If you are wanting to have a receiving line post ceremony, than consider adding an extra 15 minutes to your cocktail hour so it doesn't cut in to your photo time.
- Know what is important to you
This is your big day - make sure you know where you want to be spending your time. If you both desperately want to be at your cocktail hour, consider planning on doing a first look and portraits pre-ceremony. This allows that time after the ceremony to be for your cocktail hour.
Our last biggest tip of all is this - don't sweat the small stuff. No matter what happens your wedding day is going to be BEAUTIFUL and most importantly, at the end of the day you be married and stepping in the rest of your lives together. So if things don't go quite as planned, don't fret - let your day just be fun and full of love.