Through the Lens – Advice from the photographer’s point of view

Part 2 – Wedding Timeline

Your wedding timeline is a very important part of the planning process – when it’s carefully thought out it can really make your wedding a lot less stressful. Here is a quick suggestion.

Don’t forget your receiving line! If you’re having a receiving line after the ceremony, it can take anywhere from 15-45 minutes. This is a huge chunk of time that is often unplanned for – and this is simply because it doesn’t seem like it would take that long. Even now as you’re reading this you’re probably thinking, 45 minutes, no way! But it does happen, and quite often. I can totally understand why, too – it’s a wedding, everyone’s so happy and excited and many guests probably haven’t seen each other in a while. Most of the time it’s not just a quick “congratulations” but tends to turn into conversations and really takes up a lot more time than the bride and groom bargained for.

Most of the time, the “formal photos” part of the day doesn’t have to take very long. If you want someone in a group photo, make sure they know where and when it will be taking place. Remember, the day goes by SUPER fast – and it’s easy to say “oh.. we’ll get a photo with grandma at the reception” but sometimes it’s very hard to make that happen once the reception festivities are taking place. I cannot stress this enough – make sure your grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc. are in your formal photos, because later on it’s very difficult to get groups together.

And of course – the more time you devote to photography, the better! It’s difficult to accomplish when all that’s left is 15 minutes, total, to do it all. I have done it, and I can do it, but it’s just so much better when there is more time to be creative!