WHAT, WHERE & WHEN – HOW DOES A WEDDING DAY COME TOGETHER?
Before I got married I had never been to a wedding let alone been a part of one. There’s a lot that happens on a wedding day but when you break it down there is a flow. Let’s break it down and have a look at when (roughly) things normally happen.
SOME THINGS TO REMEMBER
REMEMBER THAT IT’S YOUR DAY AND SHOULD FLOW THE WAY THAT YOU WANT IT TO. IF YOU WANT YOUR CEREMONY TO START AT 4, THEN MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS.
THERE IS NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL WEDDING AND YOUR TIMELINE SHOULD BE FLUID. THE MORE YOU RELAX AND LET THINGS HAPPEN, THE MORE MEMORABLE YOUR DAY WILL BE.
MIX THINGS UP! JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE HEARD THAT THE PORTRAITS FOLLOW THE CEREMONY DOESN’T MAKE IT SO. IF YOU WANT TO DO IT BEFORE THE CEREMONY, MAKE IT HAPPEN. THIS GOES FOR ALL ITEMS ON THE TIMELINE, DO IT YOUR WAY.
A SAMPLE WEDDING DAY
FOR THIS EXAMPLE LET’S HAVE OUR CEREMONY AT 4PM
THE MORNING & EARLY AFTERNOON
It’s time to prepare for your day. The day is very different for Brides and Grooms. Generally an early start for Brides and a later one for Grooms.
8AM: HAIR AND MAKEUP
It’s time to get the day started! Brides will normally leave their own hair and make up till last in order to keep it in good shape for the ceremony.
12PM: PHOTOGRAPHER ARRIVES
The photographer will generally start by taking photos of the details such as the dress and flowers and will take photos of the Bride getting ready.
2PM: TIME TO PUT THE DRESS ON
Photographers will wait until bridesmaids are dressed and the bride is 90% in her dress to start taking photos
2.30PM: BRIDAL PORTRAITS
Time to take single portraits of the bride, portraits of the bride and her family and portraits with her bridal party.
3.30PM: LEAVE FOR VENUE
The big moment is almost hear! It’s time to head off to the venue and get this thing started!
10AM: PHOTOGRAPHER ARRIVES
The photographer generally starts the day with the Groom and starts taking photos of the rings and details.
10.30AM: SUITS ON, TIME FOR PHOTOS!
It’s time to put those suits on. The photographer will take single portraits of the Groom getting ready and formal portraits afterward of the whole party.
11.30AM: PHOTOGRAPHER LEAVES
Time to relax again! Grooms can relax until they need to get ready for real!
2PM: GET BACK IN THOSE SUITS!
Suits back on, it’s time to get ready for real!
3PM: ARRIVE AT VENUE
The big moment is almost hear! It’s time to meet all of your close freinds and family at the venue.
3.30PM: GUESTS ARRIVE AT VENUE
Give your guests enough time to arrive, say hello and give the groom a big hug before the big moment arrives
3.50PM: GUESTS ARE SEATED – GROOM READIES AT THE ALTAR
The big moment is almost here! It’s time to get your guests seated for the main event.
4PM: CEREMONY BEGINS
The big moment is here! The photographer will take photos of everything that takes place during the ceremony. The walk down the aisle, the rings, smiling and crying, the first kiss, the signing and much more.
4.45PM: CEREMONY concludes – CONGRATULATIONS!
After the ceremony you will be swarmed by your guests wanting to congradulate you, it’s a great time to take it all in! The photographer should come and get you after around 15 minutes.
5PM: GROUP SHOT AND FAMILY PORTRAITS
We now gather everyone together to take a few group photos of the wedding. These are super fun and we try to get the biggest cheers we can from the crowd. We then get you to gather your families and bridal party for the group portraits. We start small and build your family around you for the portraits.
5.20PM: THE FUN PART – THE PORTRAIT SESSION!
Now the fun part! Serious ones, then the fun ones. Try to have a good laugh! Once we are done with the group photos we generally go for a walk and take photos along the way. They arent super posed, we take natural photos and we make sure that you are having a good time doing it.
5PM: CANOPES ARE SERVED
While your off doing all the important things, your guests will hang out at the venue with drinks and canopes.
6PM: GUESTS ENTER THE RECEPTION VENUE
Guests are allowed into the venue to take their place for the nights festivities. Make sure you have your guest list and table diagram in plain sight.
6.45PM: THE ENTRANCE!
Wedding Receptions are the afterparty that you have been planning for months! To get things started we make sure you turn the music up and get introduced to the room to a roaring cheer!
7PM: ENTREES ARE SERVED
By this stage you and your guests will be getting a little peckish, it’s time to bring out the first round of food in anticipation of the party that’s coming.
7.30PM: CAKE CUT AND FIRST DANCE
All those hours of practise are about to pay off! Generally, Brides and Grooms will cut the cake first and then head straight to the dancefloor for their first dance as a married couple.
8PM: DINNER IS SERVED
All that dancing will have your guests pretty hungry now. It’s time for the main course!
Time for all of the embarrassing stories from when you were young! Speeches generally start with the father of the bride and groom, then the best man and maid of honour and then the bride and groom themselves.
9PM: SUNSET / NIGHT PORTRAITS
Night portraits are some a little out of the ordinary! Once dinner has been served and you have had your first dance, head outside into the dark to take some more moody photos.
10PM: Bouquet THROW
So much fun! Make sure you throw the Bouquet right into the middle of the pack!
11PM: THE EXIT
Time to say goodbye to all of your guests. Time for some sparklers…. hint hint…..
That’s a wedding day in a nutshell, obviously these times should be and are fluid, your wedding day is about you and it should run to a schedule that suits you. If you’re getting married in the morning you’ll find yourself starting a lot earlier, if your ceremony is later in the evening you might decide to do a first look and portrait session before the ceremony. There are an infinite amount of options for your wedding day. Make sure you and all of your wedding vendors are on the same page and share your schedule with as many people as you can.