Post # 1
We area allowed into our venue 2 hours before the ceremony begins. Which means, 2 hours for me to finish getting ready and get detail shots, for me to get pictures with my girls, him to get pictures with his guys, for me to learn to walk up the stairs in my monstrocity of a dress, and for me to (because I am a control freak) double check everything in the reception hall to ensure it looks like what I had planned.
Is 2 hours possibly enough time for all that? Especially when we only have 2 photographers? (or, really, one with a talented assistant/wife)
Post # 3
I would make a timeline and stick to it. Make it work.
Post # 4
Could you get ready somewhere else? I only have two hours TOTAL at our ceremony site so we’re getting ready other places and traveling there. I think its doable as long as everything is super organized.
Post # 5
@kate169: My hair and make-up will be done elsewhere but getting my dress on will be AT me venue. I want some pretty dress detail shots and I don’t want to wear it while moving in and out of cars and stuff. Knowing me, I would end up with a GIANT hole somewhere! lol
Post # 6
Depending on how many individual shots you want, you could make it work. Timeline for sure!!
Post # 7
@Mrs Hedgehog: do your hair and makeup a head of time. Wear something easy to slip out of and put the dress on at the venue. It’s always best to get as much out of the way as possible.
It is stressful to stick to a deadline and it will stress you out on your special day. Plan ahead as much as you can so it can be relaxing.
Post # 8
If you give your photog a list of all the detail shots you want, his wife can take pics of those while he gets the pictures of you getting into your dress. Then, his wife can take pictures of the groomsmen while he takes pictures of you and your girls. That way, multiple things can be happening at once, leaving you more time to get pictures of the two of you and your whole bridal party. I think it’ll work out fine.
Post # 9
I have 1.5 hours at my venue for ceremony and pictures, so I know what you mean. I’m sure you can make it work!
I’m having to get ready somewhere else, and we’ll take pictures at the church, but will also take pictures outside our reception venue…so we’re making it work too!
Hope it all works out for you! 🙂
Post # 10
@Miss OBG: The one bonus we do have in this small time frame is that we aren’t seeing eachother until I walk down the aisle. So, we will have time to get those group shots after the ceremony. It is a slight relief knowing we wont have to cram those shots in too!
Post # 11
I’m nervous about stuff like this as well, and to be honest, it feels a little tight to me.
Your photographer has a lot more experience with this than you do. I’d ask him how long he thinks is necessary.
Post # 12
Hey, I only get an hour… Yea try that one lol, but I am actually going to pictures after the wedding, and I’m not doing that many shots, I will be getting ready somewhere else, and so will the groom. The annoying part is going to be the hour drive from my moms to my venue lol. All I have to do at the venue is get dressed, do a few pics, and then set up my venue and double check everyone elses work
Post # 13
Have you considered a day-of coordinator? If you’re concerned about all those last-minute details, it might be worth the cost to have peace of mind.
Post # 14
I would put together as much of the decortation before hand and have a plan for where it will go. So then in the two hours you will only have to set up.I would do you hair and make up before hand and then get dressed there.