When I was younger I was a chaotic, little girl. I was my mum’s nightmare. I never wanted to tidy up my room or to put away my cleaned clothes into my clothed.
I was not very organised at all! But my mum was and still is and somehow I inherited it from her when I got older. Maybe it is because of my profession, where you need to be very organised…
For me as a wedding photographer a good organisation of the wedding day is very important, because I need to know upfront, what will happen when. And beside the time line of your wedding day I will write the photography time line for the day.
It is a time schedule where you can see which photographs will be taken when and where.
So, for me and also for your witnesses and maybe videographer a time line is necessary.
And today I want to give some more information’s about it, what to include and how to write it.
When you have finished all of your planning and you are clear about everything with every vendor it is the time to write the time schedule.
You start with the waking up und you end with the last dance.
First write down the most important times of day for you, like starting with the getting ready, drive to church, ceremony, congratulations, champagne toast, registry, cutting the cake, dinner, speeches, throw of the bouquet, first dance, musical act
This is the main time line for the bride and the groom. At the beginning of the day the timelines can be deviant, because you are not together.
When you have this main time line, you need to write down every little detail: when the cake will be delivered, who will pick up the flowers at what time, when will be the makeup artist at your place, who will be with you at the getting ready, when you need to get in you dress, when is the photographer starting, when is the DJ starting, when will be some other acts like illustrator and saxophonist and so on.
And of cause you need to write down the time for the group shots.
Everybody, who is involved in your wedding day, needs to be in your time schedule.
For the calculation of the time schedule it is important to be realistic. You will know from the makeup trial how long it will take. For everything else it is my advice to add almost 15min to every part. And the more guests you have, the longer it will take to get all together from church to the reception for example or till everybody have a seat for dinner.
And please give the time schedule to your witnesses or another good friend to keep an eye on the time of day. It is not your part as a wedding couple to organise on your wedding day. You organise before, but on the day itself, somebody else needs to do it. You only have to enjoy every single minute and celebrate your love with family
I hope this was helpful.
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