If there is one thing that helps a wedding day go smoothly it is a thorough and detailed timeline. Everyone knows that planning and thinking ahead are important, but this is often neglected on a wedding day. I make it a point to try to either get a timeline from the bride or wedding planner to help brides create a timeline for their wedding day. A lot of brides know that they want to have gorgeous pictures of them and their husband, but they are not sure how much time to leave on their wedding day for those portraits or for the bridal party or family photos. One thing that will smooth out the day is a scheduled photo session with the Bridal Party prior to the ceremony, this means while you’re getting dressed and pampered, your bridal party and photographer are making the most of their time capturing those must have photos from your checklist. Most importantly leaving just the two of you to a romantic private photo session after your vows are complete. Look for unique backdrops in your venue, for example beautiful stairways, large windows, classic furnished suites, and exposed brick. During this time your guest will be enjoying cocktail hour, perfectly according to your timeline.
I think that a lot of brides get overwhelmed when it comes to planning a specific timeline because there are just so many things to think about. If you aren’t sure where to start with a timeline and you don’t have a wedding planner, We would be glad to help you put together a timeline to make sure that everything on your wedding day goes as smoothly as possible. Trust me when I say that having a detailed timeline with built-in time for flexibility will help make your wedding day stress free. When I got married my wedding planner helped me plan out a detailed (read as: REALLY REALLY detailed) timeline. Copies of the timeline were then given to, wedding vendors, immediate family, the bridal party and any other people who would be helping that day so that everyone knew where they were supposed to be the day of the wedding. Obviously for photography purposes the “day of” timeline is most important, but the timeline for my wedding even included the two days before the wedding so that everything that needed to get done would get done in plenty of time before the wedding. The result, our wedding was pretty close to being stress free. I know that having a timeline was the contributing factor.
If you don’t have a wedding planner it may be a good idea to give a copy of the timeline to a friend that is not in the wedding party that would be willing to help you keep things moving and make sure that everyone is in their place when they are supposed to be. Please contact Woodrow Hall at 205.243.4243/205.200.6494 or Tazmine@woodrowhall.com for any venue needs, or questions about creating the perfect timeline for your wedding day.