Planning Your Wedding Timeline: Part 2

In the first post, I talked about the first half of a wedding. However, I kinda left out something important. THE CEREMONY. Did anyone catch that? I mean, really. It’s kind of the whole point. This one's long, but there's lots of pictures!

Planning Your Wedding Timeline: Part Duex

Ceremony

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San Francisco documentary wedding photographer

So, regardless of whether you do a first look or not you’re going to have some sort of ceremony. You know, the part where you get all married and stuff.

It’s super important to let us know what your ceremony will be like and whether there will be any special traditions. Why? Well, I just so happen to have a perfect example for you.

Last year we shot our first Greek Orthodox wedding. If we hadn’t talked about the ceremony we would have had no idea about the wreaths on their heads or why they were walking around in circles. We wouldn’t have known which part was the most significant to our couple.

And, since it was not in English, I would not have known what was coming next. Or, ahem, at what point they became married so I could be ready and waiting for the first kiss. Bonus points to Angeliki and Peter, who emailed us the program for the ceremony ahead of time!

Say Cheese

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San Francisco documentary wedding photographer

If you don’t have a first look, after the ceremony is when we will take care of your bridal party pictures and family formals. When those are done, it’s time for the couple portraits. I went into detail on those aspects in the first post if you missed it.

Reception

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San Francisco documentary wedding photographer

It’s time to celebrate! Cocktail hour is over and your guests have been corralled into their seats. If the bridal party and couple are going to have an introduction, now is usually the time.

From here, there the main events can go in a variety of orders. Some couples walk in and go straight to the first dance. Some couples walk in and it’s dinner time. And sometimes the couple makes an entrance, sits down and the speeches start.

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about the cake. That comes later.

During these events we’ll be shooting candids of you and your guests.

Dinner

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San Francisco documentary wedding photographer

Feed yourself. Seriously, do it. You probably have some nice food so there’s no point letting it go to waste. Plus, look how much fun they're having with salad.

While you feed yourself, we will feed ourselves. It’s the best time to not be taking pictures...for everyone involved.

Toasts

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San Francisco documentary wedding photographer

At some point, the room is going to be shushed like a kindergarten class so speeches can start. We’ll ask you ahead of time who will be speaking and by this point in the day we’ve probably already met them.

First Dance

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San Francisco documentary wedding photographer

Some people do their first dance before dinner, some after. Either way, you’ll be out on the dance floor, swaying slowly and hopefully closer than two seventh-graders at a Sadie Hawkins dance (do those even exist anymore?)

Bouquet and Garter Toss

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San Francisco documentary wedding photographer

You’ve seen it, you know the drill. We’re still shooting candids, so don’t worry about looking at us.

Cake Cutting

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San Francisco documentary wedding photographer

What the under-ten crowd has been waiting for all day--CAKE TIME! Cake smash optional. You may want to talk about this ahead of time, it can get awkward when someone isn’t expecting it. Just saying.

Get Down On It

You’re dancing, your parents are dancing and your weird cousin is doing something but you’re not sure you can really call it dancing. Anything goes.

We’re out there getting some pure gold. I (Nicole) usually dance-walk and sing while taking pictures at this point in the day. Like I said, anything goes!