Creating a wedding day timeline can relieve so much stress the day of the wedding and if you can't tell already I really like planning and schedules ;) There are so many benefits to having a pre planned timeline!
- People know when and where they are supposed to be and what is going to be happening. Of course sometimes things don't go as planned, but having something in place can help keep things on track.
- All your vendors will be on the same page. It makes our job as wedding vendors difficult when we are all working off different plans. This is also the main reason I contact all vendors before the wedding and touch base to make sure we all know what is going on!
- I'm all about efficiency...time is money right? Thinking about how your day will run ahead of time can allow you to see where time will be spent and many times driving can take up almost an hour of the day! I can think of so many other things I would rather be doing on my wedding day then driving from location to location...unless you are like Jim and Monica and have an awesome party bus that no one wants to get off of ;)
- You can plan it exactly how you want it. Thinking about it in advance you can see where you want to spend your time. If you really want to attend cocktail hour then maybe you make it a little longer, so you can enjoy it. If you really don't want many wedding party photos then maybe you only need 15 minutes during that time. Make your wedding day timeline fit your needs, don't let the timeline dictate what you want to happen :)
There are a couple of key things that go into an ideal wedding day timeline for me: sunset, first look or not, ceremony time, family portraits and locations. Over the next couple of weeks I'm going to be diving deeper into each of these sections to give you a better understanding of why they are important to me and my photography style.
Do you have any questions about wedding day timelines? Post them in the comments!