Many couples don’t know where to begin when trying to plan their timeline for their wedding day. Here are some of our suggestions for having a good flow to your day…
Bridal Prep – Allow more time than you think you’re going to need. Brides are rarely ready to go on time. The men generally only need about 30-45 minutes to get ready & have their pictures taken, so we suggest having their prep begin later that the women’s.
First Look – Most first looks take about 10 minutes, but don’t forget to build in time to get to the location where you’re going to have your first look.
Wedding Party Session – Plan on about 15 minutes, but there tends to be at least one member who is always running late, so make it very clear what time you expect them to be ready and where they should meet up.
Family Photo Session – It’s best to have a list of combinations of people you want photos with beforehand and have at least one person available to round them up for photos.
Pre-Ceremony – We suggest that you leave a 30 minute buffer before your ceremony just in case things are running late. If everything is on time, then just enjoy the last moments of calm you’ll have for the rest of the day! At this point, we will head to your ceremony site to get some shots of your decor before guests arrive & to set up our cameras and audio recorders.
Ceremony – Other than Catholic mass, most ceremonies in Central Oregon tend to last about 20 minutes. If you are having a friend or family member officiate your wedding, please ask us for our list of tips for people who haven’t officiated many (or any) weddings before.
Post Ceremony – PLEASE take 5 minutes from all guests, vendors, etc. to just soak in that you’re now married. Once you’re done walking down the aisle, continue right on to a private location so you won’t get caught up with well-wishers. They’ll have the rest of the day for that. If you didn’t do a first look, you’ll want to take your family & wedding party photos afterwards, so have someone begin rounding up family & friends that you will want your photographers to take pictures of with you while the two of you have your private moment together. We generally don’t film the family photo session since video of people standing in place & smiling just isn’t all that captivating…that’s more of a photo moment. We’ll use this time to film your guests at your cocktail hour and get shots of your reception site. Also, don’t forget to let your witnesses know when you’ll be signing your marriage license so you don’t have to try to track them down later. If you didn’t do a first look, most couples do that after family photos while their guests mingle at the cocktail hour.