So many wonderful experiences in life come down to the right timing. Planning a wedding is no different. In my years of experience, I believe less is more when it comes to creating your wedding day timeline. The more places to go, the less overall time you actually have for photos, and more importantly for just enjoying your wedding day.
When I first began shooting, I would agree upon the numerous photo-spots because I wanted to please my brides and give them what they asked for. The more places we would stop, the less opportunity I felt we had for photos. What I’ve realized is, most are planning their weddings for the first time, and don’t know how the day will unfold. They don’t take into account that loading and unloading 15+ people in their wedding party from a limo takes time. Everyone is in a celebration mood that day so they aren’t thinking in terms of a schedule, and therefore don’t move like they’re on one.
Create a timeline that isn’t micro-managing every minute of the day. Leave room for enjoyment. Choose your first look at the location you are getting ready at. It saves time. Choose stopping at one bar instead of two. Arrive to your reception early instead of late. Eliminate the things that aren’t necessary. If there is one thing you can’t add more of, it’s time. The minutes roll by faster than you could ever imagine. Most importantly, make a point to select your ceremony & reception venues as places you would like your photos taken at rather than obstacles to photograph around.
Best wishes for a wedding filled with enjoyment. If you are having trouble creating your own wedding day timeline, contact your photographer. He/she will likely have some helpful suggestions.