Personally, we love Style Me Pretty as our go-to for wedding planning and inspiration. But after you've looked through all the resources, do you still have wedding timeline questions? Of course. Weddings are never one-size-fits-all, and it can be really hard to coordinate with all your vendors. No worries, we are here to help! We have compiled frequently asked questions from our couples in relation to planning their wedding day schedule, and provided our best answers here.
How much time should we schedule for getting ready?
We suggest to have us arrive at least 3-4 hours before your ceremony (earlier if you are having a first look). Jason and I will arrive together to your getting ready location. I will take candids of you and the ladies finishing hair & makeup while Jason will take all those beautiful detail photos. After about an hour, Jason will leave to cover the groom and groomsmen getting ready, and that's when you'll start getting dressed. Bridesmaids and mom should all be ready first, then they can help you into your gown.
When should I be getting dressed?
You should be ready for photos about 30 minutes before you want to leave for your ceremony. That gives us time to get some solo portraits, you with your mom, etc as well as a buffer in your timeline in case things start running behind. Best part, if you are done early you can take a moment and toast some champagne before walking down the aisle.
What is the ideal timing for a first look?
Your first look should be about an hour and a half before your ceremony. This way you can have a quiet first look and also have time to be tucked away before your guests arrive. Typically, Jason will bring the groom out first then you can walk up to meet him, but we are open to any creative ideas you might be thinking. If you are not having wedding party and family join you, this will be a good time to walk around a bit and explore the grounds for portraits too - kind of like your engagement session.
How much time should we plan for family formals?
We typically estimate about 2 minutes per grouping, as it takes time to get everyone in position and looking in the right direction. On average, this portion of the day takes about 30 minutes. We move efficiently through this section of the day, taking a formal photo and then letting you have a moment with your closest people. Share a memory with your best friend, give your mom a hug... we encourage it all. To help this flow naturally, we suggest putting a person (or persons) in charge of ensuring everyone is where they need to be for these photos. This should be someone that isn't in many of the photos but knows your family, so we can be taking other photos with you two while they go find Uncle Bob at cocktail hour.
How late do you stay at the reception?
Unless you are doing a special exit or dance at the very end of your reception, a good estimate is to have us leave one to two hours before the end of your reception. After all the formalities and once people start to... loosen up.... is when we will check in with you for any last requested photos. We only book one wedding per day, so we recommend having us start earlier because we can always extend time at the end of the day.
Still have questions? We will have a pre-wedding meeting a few weeks before your wedding day to go over all the details specific to your day, but feel free to reach out at any point in the planning process if you need any help. xx