The following is a little information I put together to help you with planning your wedding. Hopefully you find it helpful, but feel free to get in touch if you would like any further information or advice.
Generally it’s a good idea to slightly over provision the timings so you don’t feel rushed. Especially the time spent getting ready in the morning.
For example, if the bride aims to be in her dress ready 30 mins before she needs to leave. She can relax with a glass of [insert favourite drink] rather than panic about being late.
Below is an example timeline.
11:00am – Begin getting ready at house.
12:30am – In dress
01:00pm – Leave for ceremony
1:30pm – 2.00pm – ceremony
Approx. 15 mins of congratulations
2:15pm – 2:45pm – Family pictures
2.45pm – 3:45pm – drinks reception
4.00pm – 6pm – wedding breakfast and speeches
6pm – 7pm – games on the lawn
6:15pm – 6:45pm – Couple portrait’s
7pm – evening reception + guests arrive
8pm – first dance
9pm – firedancing
One other thing to note. The most flattering time for couples portraits is ‘Golden Hour’ or at least close to it.
As a rule of thumb, a good time to do couple portraits is around an hour before sunset. Below is a good website to find out the sunset time. All you need to do is enter the date of your wedding.
This is all kind of dependant on the weather. If rain is scheduled then it is a case of beggars can’t be choosers. If this is the case it’s best to head out whenever it isn’t raining.
I need to know all the address’s where I need to be during the day. Such as bridal preparations, ceremony and reception.
Being a documentary photographer my main focus isn’t on formal group pictures. However I understand they can be very important, so I’m more than happy to take the ‘must haves’.
For example, below is a typical shot list.
It would also be good if you could include the first names on the list. I’m terrible with names but if they are on the list, it gives me a fighting chance of remembering them throughout the day.
1) B&G Brides family, Parents, Grandparents, Siblings
2) B&G Brides parents
3) B&G Brides parents + Grooms Parents
4) B&G Grooms Parents
5) B&G Grooms family, Parents, Grandparents, Siblings
6) Bride and Bridesmaids
7) Bride and girlfriends
8) Groom and Groomsmen
9) Groom and Guy friends
To help things go as smoothly and as quickly as possible. It’s a good idea to nominate a ‘helper’ (usually a best man or usher) to help with wrangling the groups together. This can mean while I’m taking one groups picture, the next group is ready to go.