Planning Your Wedding Timeline: Part 1

San Jose Rose Garden wedding photography

San Jose Rose Garden wedding photography

In this two-part post I’m going to give you a run-down of things you’ll want to consider when planning your wedding timeline. There are general things you’ll want to do, like leaving enough time to get from place to place, and then there are things that apply to specific parts of the day.

In order to make sense off all this, I’m gonna go sort of chronologically. I say ‘sort of’ because although a lot of wedding traditions are similar, they aren’t always done in the same order. You’ll see what I mean…

Part 1 will deal with the first half of the day up to couple portraits. Part 2 will walk through all the things you’ll want to consider for your reception. Let’s get down to business! Planning your wedding timeline take one!

Planning Your Wedding Timeline

Getting Ready

San Jose wedding photography

San Jose wedding photography

I mentioned up top you’ll want to make sure you leave enough time to get from place to place. You should also pad your hair and makeup time in case they run behind. I’ve seen this many times and the first thing to suffer is photography time. Real talk.

Will you do a first look?

Some couples opt to see each other before the wedding ceremony in an intimate big reveal of sorts. Couples who choose to do this have the opportunity to knock out their bridal party pictures, their family formals or even both before the ceremony.

Then after the ceremony you can steal away for some pictures with just the two of you while cocktail hour ensues. You can even join your cocktail hour part of the way through if you fancy and time permits.

Family Formals & Wedding Party Pictures

Concord same sex wedding photography

Concord same sex wedding photography

If you’re not into the first look idea, don’t do it silly! You can totally take care of these after the ceremony, we just have to make sure we set aside the time. Cocktail hour is a great time for this.

Just make sure your bridal party and the involved family members know to stick around (or where to meet) after the ceremony. The Find Aunt Sally Game is a time and mood killer. The bridal party generally knows they will be at your beckon call all day but it doesn't hurt to remind them, too.

Couple Portraits

Felton Guild wedding photography

Felton Guild wedding photography

Once we are done with the bridal party and family, we’ll cut ‘em loose and focus on the two of you. This is one of the quietest times of your day and you’ll be so happy and married and you’ll finally feel like you can catch your breath and, AHH, it’s photography dynamite!

We don’t use a “shot list” for this time of the day, and we prefer not to. We prefer to capture you in a unique and relaxed way rather than try to replicate something you found on Pinterest.

We ask ahead of time how you want the photos to feel mood-wise (smiling, laughter, peaceful, quiet, playful, etc.) and go from there. I’ll expand on how this works in other post!

Whew, if you stuck with me thank you very much! I hope this helps you guys in planning your wedding timeline. More to come!