Wedding WednesdayYour wedding day goes by SO INCREDIBLY fast. I talked last week about how important photography was for me and this kind of plays off of my consideration for the importance I put on pictures Regardless of my reasoning though I cannot stress enough how important the timeline is to everyone involved at the wedding, even your guests.
One day, months before the wedding, I sat down and looked at the ceremony time, reception time, sunset, and potential travel time between locations. I realized a very critical thing: we wouldn't have nearly enough time post-ceremony for family formals and a wide selection of pictures of Joe and I. We didn't have much of an option, we would have to see each other before the ceremony, which I was fine with. I wanted to spend a lot of time with Joe that day. After all it is OUR day and we should be able to spend as much time as we would like together.
Now, that left me with a lot of things to get done before the ceremony, let alone allow for 30+ minutes to travel in a limo through DC to a location less than 2 miles away. Cramming everything together was out of the question and I had to keep in mind that I tend to get tightly wound when my schedule is crunched I left LOTS of time get my hair done, eat breakfast, do my makeup, and prepare for pictures to begin at 11am! Joe and I had our first look just after noon and spent almost 2 hours doing portraits and pictures with our bridesmaids and groomsmen. It left us plenty of time and gave us the chance to just hang out after pictures and wait for the limo!
Leaving LOTS of time for everything you have to get done prior to your ceremony leaves you lots of leisure time or forgiveness if something takes longer than expected or some other unexpected circumstances happen. Anything and everything can go wrong, from shoes to hair or tux rentals to flowers. Fortunately we didn't have any major issues and actually ran ahead of schedule or on-time the entire day which made me feel relaxed and allowed me to enjoy our day without feeling overwhelmed.
Not to mention that gave us an hour and a half before our reception to grab family formals, a few more portraits in Georgetown and then enjoy the limo ride back to the hotel and relax while enjoying some snacks and drinks just the two of us! Schedule your time wisely, leave lots of time between and give extra time for hair, makeup, pictures, and travel. Being ahead of schedule is WAY better than running late!
For those of you curious, here's how my morning/afternoon went:
7:00am Blythe's hair appointment
10:50am Girls get dressed
11:00am Photographer arrives (Assistant w/ guys)
11:30am Blythe gets dressed
12:15pm First Look + Blythe & Joe portraits, Garden
1:30pm Bridal Party portraits
1:50pm Photos finish
2:00pm Leave for Church
*All photos taken my Katelyn James Photography