Post # 1
We are having an 11:30am ceremony with cocktail hour and reception following immediately. How would you setup timeline for getting ready and photographs?
I am thinking of doing my hair myself as I plan to wear it down in it’s normal crazy state. A sister is doing my makeup. I like the idea of a first-look but I wonder if the ceremony is too early to squeeze that in.
Any advice from other early ceremony people?
Post # 2
Our wedding day was like this:
6am: Hair and make-up arrive and get started on women, men shower and dress
9am-10am: Photographers take pics of men
10am-11am: Photographers take pics of women
11am-11:30am: Drive 10 minutes to venue, get in position for ceremony
12pm-1pm: Cocktail hour for guests, family and wedding party pictures in another area of the venue
1pm-4pm: Lunch reception
6pm-2am: After party with friends
Post # 3
Do you want to a first look and get pictures family/bridal party or just you two?
My photog recommended to start a ‘big’ first look 2h prior to the ceremony. That gives time for transportation to/from, about 1 hour of photos, then time to touch up makeup before the ceremony.
For a smaller first look ( just you 2), she rec’d to start 1-1.5h prior. That’s 20-30m photos, transport time, and makeup touch up time (depending on how far you’re travelling and how much time to rest before the ceremony).
So if you did want to do that, you’d just need to make sure you’re ready either 1-2h ahead of time.
So, working backward, you’d look like
11:30 am ceremony
9:30 am Leave for big first look
9:00 am get dressed
8:15 am Makeup
7:45 am hair
7:00 am wake up and shower
How long is your ceremony? You will still be able to do pictures after the ceremony too. Get a shot list of what you want done – ie Grandma, Mom, Bride//Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Dad, Bride etc. Get a full list and then the photog can easily wrangle people.
Post # 4
Thanks for both of your advice! I was having trouble wrapping my head around what a timeline looks like.
I’d prefer first look just us two. Our ceremony won’t be long. Non-secular, few nice words, vows, bingo-bango married!
Seems doable and I’m an early riser anyhow, so might as well get ready and start the day. 🙂