Post # 1
I’ve begun a preliminary timeline of the pre-ceremony activities. See below (I hope you’re able to read it):
The issue is my photographer only provides 8 hours of coverage (my photographer is pretty steaply priced, so I’m trying to refrain from adding in any extra hours). The soonest I can have her arrive at the church is 3pm to last the whole night (i.e. to capture the last dance and thrown flower petals as we leave). I also want her to be there before my bridesmaids get dressed, because I’ve made them all those snazzy name hangers, including one for myself. I’d love the photographer to get a picture of all the dresses hanging.
This leaves me with only 15 minutes between the groom/groomsmen/family of the groom pictures and the ceremony (again see picture above). Do you think this is enough time? Is it bad if the early-bird people show up and see the groom taking pictures outside the church? I’m sure it’s different than seeing the bride?.?.
I also thought maybe 30 min might be too much time for pictures which would free up some of the time; however, I have a large bridal party (8 on each side). It may be difficult to get everyone to cooperate.
Any other mistakes to my timeline would be appreciated as well!
Post # 3
How many people do you have doing your hair and makeup? I had eight girls on each side, plus moms. I had three hair stylists and two makeup artists, and we got started at NINE in order to leave at 2:30 for pictures. Others might not agree, but that hair and makeup time seems pretty short.
I don’t think 30 minutes is too much time for pictures at all. We had over an hour for just girls/mom/grandmas. And then we did GMs/BMs and me and hubby after the ceremony.
Post # 4
@hotchildinthecity: Dang. My FI’s aunt wants to throw the bridesmaid’s a bridal luncheon. I may have to squeeze that in the day before to allot more time for hair and makeup. I didnt’ realize it took that much time for it. Thanks!
Post # 5
What is the reason for everyone getting dressed at the church? If they’ll mostly all be at a hotel (from what it sounds like) wouldn’t it be easier to get dressed there rather than bring a bunch of stuff to the church and then have to worry about their bags after the ceremony to bring them back to the hotel?
I don’t think that it’s bad for guests to see the groom taking pics — that’s fine! I’ve seen that at weddings and it’s fun to get a little “sneak peak” as a guest.
I’d just double-check with your photog that it’s enough time to get pics taken. That’s what I did.
Oh, not to be nit-picky but if you’re giving this to people, it’s spelled “jitters” not “gitters” 🙂
Post # 6
@Txs: I would ask your MUAs/hairstylists about how long it will take. Mine were very honest and thank goodness. We would have been rushing around like maniacs if they weren’t.
I also agree with Wannabee about getting dressed at the church, but I think you mentioned you want pictures of the hangers?
Post # 7
there are a lot of factors to take into account here. HOw many BMs do you have? How far is the brunch from the hotel and is there any reason why you dont want the BMs to dress at the hotel?
Post # 8
@Wannabe-diy-bride: Oops…thanks for the tip on the spelling mistake.
I did want pictures with the name hangers with all the bridesmaid’s dresses on them with mine, hence the reason for getting dressed at the church. However, you make a good point about all their stuff having to be carried around…makes it a real pain! I’ll have to think about this and how it can work or I’ll may have to have them get dressed at the hotel.
@bells: None of the details for the brunch have been planned. FI’s aunt mentioned she wanted to plan one, so I was trying to fit it in. I’m thinking I may have to move this to Friday instead of the day of the wedding.