After going to hundreds of weddings, a lot of brides ask me how they should structure their wedding day. A lot of effort goes into planning your timeline and I see a lot of brides become overwhelmed with everything they have to think of. Everyone's wedding is different and there are a lot of dependencies such as family, vendors, and the venue you pick. That being said, I'm here to give you my top secret tips that will help your day run smoothly so you and your fiance have the best time of your life! Stay to the end and I'll also provide you with the perfect outline too!
Tip #1 DON'T WORRY ABOUT TIMING
This sounds contradictory to the purpose of these tips, but before I give any tips I actually think it is the most important to understand. Of all the weddings I've been to, I have NEVER seen any timeline or schedule go as planned. There is always something that comes up to throw the schedule off. Honestly it doesn't matter anyway. The most important thing to remember is that this is your wedding day and you should enjoy it to the fullest! If things are an hour behind, don't stress about it. Just move forward and live in the moment. :)
Tip #2 Getting ready (1hr 30 min)
We all know that groomsmen won't take long to get ready, so this is more focused on the brides. If you plan to have your hair and makeup done I would dedicate and hour for that alone. Putting on the dress can be difficult at times and requires the help of your bridesmaids too. There are dependencies from dress to dress, but this is just my overall consensus. During this time your photographer/videographer should plan the getting ready shots you want around your schedule. These include dress shots, jewelry, and bridesmaids just having a grand ol' time.
Tip #3 Do a first look! (30 - 60 min)
For those of you who are not familiar with a first look, it is a special time for the couple to see each other alone before the ceremony. Usually the photographer picks a spot for the groom to be at and the bride comes to him once she is ready. It's an extremely special moment and some of my best photos are during this time. The traditional route is waiting to see the bride until she walks down the aisle, but