You’ve probably spent the best part of a year planning your big day, from the teeny tiny details to choosing the venue and the menu for the wedding breakfast. If you’re working with a wedding planner and having the whole wedding in one place – from getting ready, through to the big party in the evening, then they’ll help you with all the timings for your day. But if you will be using multiple venues – getting ready at home, service at a church, breakfast and party at a hotel etc, you need to plan your day carefully. The day will fly by and you want to take your time and enjoy every moment. No bride or groom wants to be frantically getting in their outfit knowing the car is waiting and they are running late. So let’s talk about wedding timings.
First, there’s hair and make up. You need to factor in 45 mins per person for their hair and then another 45 mins for their make up. So if you have a large bridal party – perhaps yourself, mum and 4 bridesmaids, either someone needs to be starting to get ready at least 4 hours before the ceremony, or you are going to meed more than one make up artist and hair dresser. No-one wants to be starting at 5am! The bride always goes last and has the most time allotted to her so you can sit back and relax, and you’ll look the “freshest”. When it comes to getting in your dress make sure you’ve had a trial run before the big day so you know how long it takes to get into it, and someone on the day knows how to do it up (corsets take a lot longer than you think!). Then add on an extra 20 minutes so it can be a relaxed affair.
Whilst you are getting ready we’ll be taking pictures of all your details for the day – shoes, jewellery, tiara, veil, dress, etc… Sometimes, in a really busy room, we might take these down the corridor or outside so it can take a while. But don’t worry, we’ll be back to take pictures of you all getting ready too. And if the groomsmen are in the same venue, we can catch up with them too. They never take long to get ready, but there’s still lots of fun to photograph!
It’s perfect if you can plan in 30 minutes, after you are in your dress, to relax and have some photos with your bridesmaids and whoever is giving you away. Try and keep the room as tidy as possible – piles of clothes and bags are going to show up in the background, so hide them away in cupboards and the bathroom.
If you are getting ready at home or in a hotel and having your ceremony at another venue, we’ll leave at least 30 minutes before you so we can photograph the ceremony venue and a nervous finance pacing up and down
Then comes the important part when you’re thinking about photography and timings. Between the end of the ceremony and sitting down for your wedding breakfast you need to factor in time for the formal family pictures, some mingling with your guests and your couples pictures. This usually takes about 2 hours. Your formal family photos will take about 3 minutes per group, so multiply that by the number of groups you would like and you’ll get an idea of how long it will take.
Ideally we like at least 45 minutes to have you both to ourselves for the couples pictures around your venue. This should be a beautifully relaxed time for you both to enjoy time with each other away from from everyone else whilst we wander around your venue and pose you for some relaxed photos.
When we’ve finished you’ll be ready to make your grand entrance into your wedding breakfast. Once we have some pictures of you making your entrance and of the room itself, we will leave you to your breakfast and take our own break making sure we return ready for the speeches at the end.
If you can plan in another 30 minutes for more couples photos before the evening party we can take some more time to photograph you both at your beautiful venue and make the most of the evening light.