The best way to let your hair down and enjoy every aspect of wedding planning is to plan a detailed timetable for the special day! Your bridesmaids, makeup artists, and caterers will all be on the same page if they have access to the wedding timeline.
You may be familiar with the phrase, “Timing is everything.” This is especially accented when carrying out a planned event, such as your unforgettable nuptials. So, this is how you go about it.
The key to a beautiful wedding is to leave a fair amount of time in the detailed wedding timeline for each segment especially for taking pictures. If you search for “The best wedding photographer in Chicago,” you may come up with different lists, as art is a subjective matter! However, there is one rule for them all. The best one out there will need to come 30 minutes early to prepare her camera, and look around to find the best spot to photograph your dress, ring, and accessories, while you’re busy getting ready.
She may need to consider looking for a neat spot for the first-look, if you plan to have it prior to the ceremony. I wrote a full blog post about it, make sure to read it. First Look Photos – Should You Go For It?
If you decide to have a first look, before the ceremony, the photographer will take lovely portraits of you and your partner. Capturing the natural, joyful, and celebratory interactions between the bride and her bridesmaids should come next on the wedding timeline. Sometimes it will take place after the ceremony. But it won’t hurt to take some pictures with the bridal party prior to the ceremony if the time allows.
Make sure to allow extra time for family pictures before or after the ceremony, as these are special moments! As a Chicago wedding photographer, I assure you will have nice memories to recall in the future.
In the blog post “Tips About Family Pictures on the Wedding Day!” I explained how to design the family list to save time
The ceremony usually starts roughly 15 minutes after the time specified on the invitations. This offers guests a little leeway if they’re late. The ceremony usually takes about 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the cultural and religious traditions.
The cocktail hour takes place right after the ceremony, it is a great opportunity for people to mingle up and get ready for supper.
The cocktail hour is 45 minutes to one hour, and this is a great time for the staff of the venue to flip the room, if needed, prepare the reception area, and do the last touch-ups. It takes about 15 minutes for people to find their seats. Then it’s time for you and your new spouse to make an entrance as a married couple. An average toast lasts around 15 to 25 minutes and provides a nice break from the joyful mayhem all around you.
Having the first dance, cutting the cake, possibly tossing the bouquet and garter, and so much dancing ensues after the dinner. Before you all get carried away with swaying your hips, take a moment to thank everyone for making your day memorable. Lastly, choosing a closing song, holding hands, and sprinting for your happily-ever-after are all the things required for the grand exit!
Your wedding timeline should portray the choices you and your vendors have made together.
Please don’t forget that one of the services, I, as a Chicago wedding photographer, provide for my clients is designing their wedding timelines. Even if you already have a wedding planner, It is always good to have a meeting with the photographer and the planner to go over the details together. Since each photographer has her own approach and workflow, a different segment of the day may require more or less time. It will be great to be on the same page altogether.
In addition, the day of the wedding should be a time for you to kick back and enjoy yourself. If you’re looking for motivation, you can find it here and on other blogs across my page. Don’t forget to look them up! Finally, head to my contact page to book your special Chicago wedding session with me!
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