Archive: April 2018

WHY A GREAT WEDDING NEEDS A GREAT WEDDING TIMELINE

Posted on April 2, 2018

BELOW: Section of a wedding planners timeline. Wedding Planner Anje Soirees


When all the wedding fanfare is over, you’re back from your honeymoon, the wedding dress and tuxedo have been hang neatly in a corner, the gifts are unpacked and the thank you messages have been sent what is left? What is left to remind you of one of the most important day of your life? Apart from the memories in your heart, the pictures in your hand will do a pretty good job of reminding you. Pictures are very important since they immortalize those memories for a long time.


ABOVE: Bride getting ready, Make up artist is applying the bride make-up. It's important that the hair and make-up people start early enough to that everyone being photographed is "Photo Ready" when the photographer arrives.
BELOW: Groom getting ready, Normally the photographer will photograph both the bride getting ready and the groom getting ready. Depending on the timeline this could take an hour or more.


Everyone loves a good photo, but good pictures don’t just happen. Imagine having an amazing Florida destination wedding but having no pictures to show for it because there wasn’t enough time to take those amazing pictures. Good pictures require both patience and precision from the photographer. That is where the importance of having a timeline comes in; a photographer needs ample to set up and composite a perfect photograph without feeling constantly pressed for time.


ABOVE: Photo of the Groom seeing his bride for the first time. After both the bride and groom are finished getting ready it's usually time for the First Look.

After spending many years working as a Florida photographer I have learnt that setting a realistic timeline means that you will provide the photographer with enough time to take pictures of the wedding party and important members of the family. A good timeline usually begins with the hair and makeup people knowing exactly when the photographer will begin taking the photographs. We all know that makeup is a delicate art and no one wants it to end up being a mad dash against time. It is therefore essential to set aside enough time for hair and make-up so that by the time the photographer is set up, everyone is ready to have their pictures taken.

BELOW: Bride and her bridesmaids. The wedding timeline must allow enough time for the photographer to photograph not only the bride and Groom with family members but also enough time to do some fun photos with the wedding party.


As a Florida Photographer, here’s a brief overview of my process:
I usually spend about 1 hour shooting the bride and groom together. I will also spend about 1 hour taking the family photos. Sometimes if there is a large amount of family members I’ll allow more time photographing family. This means I need about 2 to 3 hours photographing the wedding party and important family members. That is why a good timeline is very important to me, because it means everybody knows where they need to be and what time they need to be there.

BELOW: Family Portraits are a huge part of wedding photography. The family photo below was taken before the bride and groom's ceremony.


To further emphasize the importance of having a timeline I have brought in Amber from Oh My Occasions, a very experienced wedding planner, to give her thoughts on the subject of wedding timelines.
In a nutshell, a timeline allows then entire wedding team to be aware of important formalities throughout the day. I personally create 3 different timelines: for the wedding party (with abbreviated information not pertinent to them), for the vendors (with delivery, load in, and strike times) and for my planning team (with detailed information like song choices, processional order, etc.). While there is a rough template of how I create my timelines, I always connect with the photographer to get their ideal timing into my agenda. Everyone shoots differently, so one photographer may tell me they want 20 min for details and the other may want a full hour. That communication allows the timeline to flow smoothly without any rushing.
I tend to work from the middle of the timeline back and then forward. I input ceremony time (when the bride actually walks) first. Then I work backward to determine what time she needs to be ready, which will then determine when Hair and makeup arrives.

So there you have it, thoughts from both a South Florida wedding photographer and a wedding planner on the importance of having a realistic timeline for your wedding.

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