Post # 1
My MUA and photographer need a schedule of the day, and I am OCD so I think having one also would be a great idea but I have NO idea how long stuff goes on? I know my make-up will be about 1 1/2 hours..but photos I have no idea. We are getting married in a rural area and then travelling back to the city to the zoo for photos. We have actually paid the zoo a fortune to have them taken there, so I obviously want the majority taken there. Our ceremony is at 3PM and our cocktails at 6PM..dinner at 7PM. My Future Mother-In-Law and FI’s aunt want to take a lot of family photos at the ceremony location, but with it being a 40 minute drive to the zoo..I don’t want to be left with only 30 minutes for zoo photos. My Fiance have decided that we can skip on the cocktail hour, but we are paying for it, so I really want to enjoy it and be able to hang out with people before the dinner and the formal events start.
Anyone have any suggestions?
Post # 3
Are you photographer and MUA professionals? If so, they should give you their own timelines that should help you get going.
I told my photographer when the ceremony starts, and he worked everything around that. Then I told my MUA when we are starting the ‘getting ready’ photos and she worked back from that. I’m assuming that you’re paying them so ask them to figure it out, it’s their job.
ETA: Sorry, I realize that’s not very helpful since I didn’t give you any sort of timeline but I firmly believe that these things are part of their job to figure out (they know best how long it will take to do all those things).
Post # 4
I went to the photographer and he didn’t really give me much, I will go back to him again and see what he can help with!
Post # 5
OK so here’s a quick copy/paste of my schedule. I don’t think it will help too much since our ceremonies are at different times.
9:45am – Maid/Matron of Honor hair & make up
10:45am- MOB hair and make up
11:45 – Bride hair and make up
1-1:30 Groom getting ready & groom portrait
1:30-2:30 Bride getting ready & portraits
2:30-3:00 First look
3-3:30 Wedding party Photos
3:30-4:15 Family photos
4:30-5:15 Ceremony (though it’s only 20 minutes)
5:30-6:30 Cocktail hour
6:30 Reception starts!
Post # 7
My schedule looked like this…
9-1030: Bride getting nails done along with anyone who’d like to join her
12-1: Bride getting hair and makeup done by L & T (L and T let’s meet in T’s hotel room. I’ll leave with the 2 of you for the chapel at 1 and put my dress on at the chapel. L you can practice the song once we get to the chapel)
1: J, groomsmen, ushers, and J’s parents/grandparents be at the chapel dressed and ready for pics (G get guitar there at this time and practice while waiting) (nap time for any kiddos who need it)
1:30 bridesmaids, jr bridesmaids, flower girls, ringbearer, Jn, & V’s dad be at the chapel dressed and ready for pics
-Flower girls’ hair (that’s E, S, and T) should be tightly pulled back into a ponytail or afro puff. T should have pretty curls in her ponytail. E and S may have the front cornrowed if you’d like. Arrange to have this done EARLY please. Thanks!
2:00 bride be at the chapel dressed and ready for pics
3:00 prelude music starts, candles get lit, jr bridesmaids & ushers get in position for early arriving guests (late nap for any kiddos who need it)
4:30-5:30 Together pics and fam pics (cocktail hour)
A couple things for you to consider. 1)People will not adhere to the schedule unless you are bridezilla. My dh didn’t even show up on time even though I scheduled extra time that he didn’t know about in the case he was late and even though he was both emailed and handed this schedule the night before. 2)Since you are doing pics at the zoo which is 40 mins away you’ll have to be more creative than I was. Do you already have a time that you have to be at the zoo? If not, are you doing 1st looks? If so, could you do your 1st looks at the zoo? Get them done and then you don’t have to worry about family photos and shots at the ceremony site.
Post # 8
We aren’t doing first looks – Fiance wants things traditional. We don’t have a set time, we can go to the zoo whenever we want technically and we could be there all night if we really had the time as we go through a different entrance.
I am hoping I don’t need to be a bridezilla, but we spent $500 on the zoo booking and I want to make sure we utilize the location for the majority of the photos. We will all be in the same vehicle though (the bridal party) so there won’t be any losing people, and we are hoping to meet with our parents in the next few weeks to explain that after the ceremony we need to hustle and get the family photos done so we can leave (I am hoping we can do that in 30 minutes??)
Aaaah so stressful.
Post # 9
I would start with the things you know for sure. For starters how long is your ceremony? You would start like this
ceremony 3:00- _______(It sounded like you are doing family photos at the ceremony venue? is that correct?)
15 minutes to round up family get them arranged and start photos
20-30 minutes of photos (depends how big the family is)
allow 15 minutes after the ceremony to exit the ceremony, get everyone in the car etc
40 min to get to zoo
photos _______ – _______
My sister had a wedding party of 3 maids/4men, and was able to do tons of pics with them and the parents and siblings in a 45minute-1hour period. Be realistic about 2 things. I would pick one or two favorite spots at the zoo for photos and stick to them. Every time you move the group add about 10 minutes to your timeline to allow for the wedding party to move along/ the photographer to get settled with camera and lighting. Second think about how long you, Fiance, and wedding party are going to want to stand around smiling for the camera. I totally get wanting all those perfect pictures, but I know at my sisters wedding after that 45 minutes I was DONE. Try having a friend or Fiance take pics of you for 15 minutes while you stand up straight and smile- it gets tiring sooner then you think.
15 minutes to get everyone back in the car and on the way to reception
40 minutes to reception
Other things to keep in mind-
Is your route to or from the zoo a heavy traffic area? If so add some time for potential traffic jams/accidents.
No matter how much you plan there will be that person- you know the one who is late for eeeverrrrything- who will inevitably be in the bathroom right when you are ready to leave. Try to build in an extra 5 minutes here and there, so this doesn’t end up being a bridezilla panic moment.
With shuttling between locations for photos, you will definitly want a bag with some touch up lipstick, deodorant, etc. It would suck to get to the zoo and realize you need a touch up and you things are at the reception or ceremony site.
Hang in there! Don’t let the stress get to you. It will all be worth it on your wedding day.
Post # 10
@nikkialys: that helped so much, thank you!!!