If you don’t want to miss getting important wedding pictures, organize your wedding day and advise your Denver wedding photographer about the wedding schedule. The more informed your wedding photographer is, the better job (s)he will be able to do. You always want your photographer to be at the right place at the right time.
If you are not certain about how to make a wedding schedule, or how long each segment will last, here are a few tips to help you.
A typical wedding schedule
Segments of a wedding schedule are more or less the same for all traditional weddings. The example given below is for a wedding scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. with a twenty-minute drive to the ceremony site. Adjust your wedding start time accordingly.
11:30 a.m. Have the bridal party’s flowers delivered to your (the bride’s) house. This would include flowers you, the matron or maid of honor, bridesmaids, flower girl, ring bearer, parents and grandparents.
11:45 a.m. Everyone needs to be ready when the wedding photographer arrives at the house where (s)he will take some of the pre-wedding pictures. Time is important, as the photographer has to get to the ceremony site to set up and shoot wedding photos of the groom and groom’s party as well the ceremony site. (S)he should finish up and leave around 12:15 p.m.
12:00 p.m. Have the flowers for the ceremony site, groom, groomsmen or ushers, groom’s parents, and any other wedding party participants delivered. (NOTE: If the reception is at a different location, flowers for the reception should be dropped off at the bride’s house at 11:30 a.m.)
1:00 p.m. The groom, grooms party, parents, and grandparents arrive at the wedding site. Men should sport boutonnieres, and the women corsages. The wedding photographer takes pictures of the groom, groomsmen, his parents, and grandparents.
1:00 p.m. The bride, her parents, and bridal party drive to the ceremony site making sure to bring all needed accessories and flowers.
1:20 p.m. The wedding photographer photographs the bride and her bridal party outside as they arrive at the ceremony site.
1:45 p.m. The wedding photographer takes wedding photos of bride’s final preparations.
2:00 p.m. If previously agreed upon, now is the time for all of the wedding photograph combinations to be taken so that everyone will have time to enjoy the reception. (This is highly recommended.) Of course, this means that the bride and groom agreed to see each other before the wedding.
3:00 p.m. It’s time for the wedding ceremony to begin. How long the ceremony lasts depends upon the couple’s preference or religious affiliation. Plan for 30 minutes to one hour.
4:00 p.m. While everyone else goes to the reception site, if you did not have all the wedding photograph combinations taken before, now is the time. Keep everyone together so that the photographer can shoot the pictures in a timely manner.
5:00 p.m. The reception officially begins when the bride and groom arrive. The wedding photographer will be busy throughout the party.
6:15 p.m. Whenever you decide to cut the cake, let the photographer know. Also, if there are any special photographs you want taken, cue the photographer. (This is based on plans you and the photographer made in advance.)
7:00 p.m. This time is negotiable depending upon how long the reception lasts. Tell the photographer that you are ready to throw the bouquet. That way (s)he will be in place for the best shots.
Not only will organizing your wedding day help your Denver wedding photographer get all the wedding photos you want, but it will also help make a hectic day much more relaxed. After all, it’s your wedding and you should do whatever you can to be relaxed so that you can enjoy your day.