It’s an exciting time, and you probably feel over the moon dreaming up all the fun details and color schemes — but we also know, this can get overwhelming pretty quick (we get it, been there done that).
When we planned our own wedding, we sat down to work the timeline and realized pretty fast — we had no clue what to do. Thankfully, a dear friend of ours offered to plan and coordinate our wedding (and that made a lifetime of difference for us).
Now having worked our fair share of weddings — and having been through our own — we see where some timelines can go completely south, so we’ve compiled a list of handy tips for couples to consider when preparing their wedding timelines!
Hire a wedding planner or a day-of coordinator.
We cannot stress the importance of this! Having a professional wedding planner WILL make a huuuuge difference when it comes to your wedding day. No matter how much you love planning or how organized you may be, you don’t want to be the one stressing, wrangling people, time-keeping (and more!) during your wedding day. PLUS, they know the industry. They can point you to awesome vendors, and will overall help ensure that your day runs as smoothly as possible. They understand how a timeline should work, and can make sure things are on track the day of. That way, you and your boo can just sit back, enjoy and CELEBRATE the day that you’ve been dreaming of! Trust us on this one.
Pad your timeline.
Schedule in more time than you think you need – even if you’re a fairly timely group. So much can happen on a wedding day, and the last thing you’ll want to be is stressed. It can be hair and makeup taking a tad bit too long, or maybe friends and family got stuck in traffic. This way, if things fall behind schedule, you’ve planned for it. Don’t forget to schedule in travel time as well and account for traffic (if your ceremony and reception are at two different locations). Doing this can make a world of difference on your wedding day.
Lighting is everything.
When preparing your timeline, try your best to plan for your portraits and/or video sessions to take place 30 minutes to an hour before sunset. If you’re doing a morning ceremony, consider a sunrise shoot, which also produces some of the best light. Talk to your wedding planner and see if this is something you can make work because if so, we promise you your photos will look incredible with that golden hour sunlight. While we can take photos in other lighting conditions, it does make an incredible difference in quality when you prioritize the sunlight. A good site to reference to figure out when the sun sets/rises is www.sunrise-sunset.org. Just enter your location and click search!
Schedule in some quality time with your partner.
Between getting ready, greeting friends and family, to eating cake and dancing — the day will go by fast. Our own wedding felt like it was over in a blink of an eye. And while every single moment will be so meaningful and beautiful, it’s also easy to get lost in all the activities and forget to actually spend time with your person. One of our favorite tips is to schedule in some time together.