Post # 1
I need help figuring out some of my timeline stuff from people who know what the heck is going on.
Here is what I have so far:
Shuttle from hotel to site: 3:30-4:10 (Bridal party takes 3:30 shuttle for pictures at venue, last minute prep)
Reception (same location): 4:45-9:30
Shuttle returning interested guests: 9:15-10:30
So what I need to figure out is when do the photographers arrive? They are doing getting ready pictures. When should we schedule the bulk of our pictures? How long does it take for hair/makeup (we have me, MoB, 3 bridesmaids and 1 jr bridesmaid) to get done?
I’m not sure when to start the schedule and how much time to plot it out if we need to be at the venue by 3:30 (5 minutes travel time).
Post # 3
So what I need to figure out is when do the photographers arrive?
If they are supposed to do getting ready shots then you need to figure out when all of you are getting up and getting dressed first. The BMs should all be dressed with hair done and makeup done and you should have your hair and makeup done too before the photog comes in unless you have the photog come in at the tail end of you getting your hair or makeup done if you want that in your “getting ready shoot”
Also, you should know beforehand how long you have your photographer for. If you have them for 8 hours and you want to get ready 9-10 hrs in advance, then you will either pay more for their time to stick around later or they will leave 2 hrs before the end of the reception. Figure that out first and schedule your getting ready time around that.
When should we schedule the bulk of our pictures?
It is recommended to schedule the “bulk” before the ceremony begins. If you do a “first look” you save a lot of time and can make cocktail hour or most of it otherwise you may miss it. If you don’t do first look you can at least get all the groomsmen pics in and bridemaids shots in and all the portrait shots before the ceremony. Some people even have their immediate family come beforehand to get those out of the way too instead of having to do that right after the ceremony but those don’t take long in general either way.
How long does it take for hair/makeup (we have me, MoB, 3 bridesmaids and 1 jr bridesmaid) to get done?
Theyw ill spend about 1hr on the other girls if both hair AND makeup are getting done. Most professionals ask for the bride to give them 2 hours but sometimes it can end up being less than 2 hrs for you as the bride.
My wedding starts at 3:30 and the girls are all getting up around 8am to get everything done including eat breakfast and making the appropriate time for the photographer to cme in. I am also doing first look shots which helps since both ceremony and reception are at the same venue.
Post # 4
@Zellywelly: This was super helpful, thank you! I still don’t know times, but at least I know when I should call the photographers in. Thank you!
Post # 5
you’re welcome! It took a good day or so to really narrow down my timeline in as far as actual times for EVERYTHING and then where the photographer comes in. Just keep in mind that he/she doesn’t need to take a LOT of getting ready pictures to make room for all the other things so while you make your timeline also include allotted time frames that may even overlap eachother for example:
Get up: 8am (10 min)
Breakfast: 8:15 (30 min)
BM hair and makeup: 8:50 (1hour)
Bride hair and makeup: 8:50 (2hrs)
Girls get dressed: 9:50 (10-15min)
Photographer arrives: 10:30am
Groom and groomsmen get ready: 10:30am (20 min)
(photographer shoots groom getting ready) 10:30am (15-20min)
Bride gets dressed: 10:45 (15-20 min)
(Photographer shoots bride getting dressed) 10:50 (15min)
Something like that so you can be in a little more control over the flow of time and what needs to be done when but also don’t freak out if it doesn’t go strictly according to plan because things happen so don’t become a bridezilla and get upset just try to be calm and move things along as soon as they can be moved along.
Post # 6
@Zellywelly: My plan is to micromanage every possible detail ahead of time, and when the day-of comes, go with the flow. I’m fine with rolling with the punches, but I hope to plan well enough that they are minimal!
Post # 7
@MrsFutureG: Sounds like we share the same plan lol. Micromanaging is sometimes necessary even though my FI tells me I need to let others handle it. I’ll roll with the punches the best I can day of but before then as long as a tight game plan is set you have less room for error come go-time.
Post # 8
@Zellywelly: I never knew how much of an A-type personality I was until I began planning for this!
My mentality the whole time has been “As long as I walk away married, the day was a success”
Which is not to say I won’t bust my ass making sure everything else is planned! 😀
Post # 9
@MrsFutureG: That just made my head spin. lol. I don’t have any advice on that. But just try and relax and know that things may not go as planned on the day. My friend’s limo driver didn’t show and we were all stuck at the church waiting to go take pics, which made pics late and reception arrival late. Stuff happens, it’ll still be an awesome day!