The 5 Most Important Things That Aren’t On Your Wedding Timeline To Do List… And Why They Should Be!

So many of my couples have struggled with planning their timeline, and many didn’t even have one!

While I totally understand that you may want your day to be laid back, communication is key. Taking the time to create a timeline for the key players at your wedding goes a long way to keeping everyone on track. You’d be surprised how quickly time goes. Without a timeline, it is too easy for things to go off the rails! 

Don’t Forget Time For Set Up And Tear Down

Your first To Do is simple. Before you start planning your timeline, talk to your vendors. Decorators, catering staff, and DJs (among others) will need time to set up.  This will affect when they need access to the venue in the morning and at the end of the wedding. It will also dictate start times for things like your meal and dancing! 

Include Time For Yourself!

It may sound silly, but don’t forget to schedule extra time for the things that are important to you!  It is your wedding day, afterall. If spending time with your family and friends trumps formal group photos, make sure your timeline shows it. This is your second timeline To Do! Figure out the things that are important to YOU and focus the big chunks of time around that. 

Your Wedding Timeline Should Make Your Life Easier

A wedding timeline is about more than making a list. It is about making sure you won’t have to be a stage manager on your wedding day. A good wedding timeline gives your bridal party and vendors more than just a list of times. It gives them a look at the BIG picture. 

Make Sure All Key Players Have A Copy Of The Timeline

What good is your amazing wedding timeline if no one has a copy? Making the timeline available is the third thing that has to be on your To Do list. E-mail it to the vendors or have a shared Google Doc everyone can access remotely. Go old school and print your timeline out! Make extra copies and make sure everyone has one. Don’t forget – if the timeline changes, you need to update and communicate!

Get Your Vendors Working Together

The fourth thing that needs to be on your To Do list is adding everyone’s contact information. Have a list of all of your vendors at the bottom of your timeline. Make sure to include a primary contact name, a phone number, and an e-mail address. You should also include any information they will need to get to the venue. Communication is key! Giving everyone contact information will avoid phone calls and texts day-of when vendors aren’t sure where to go. BONUS: It will also allow vendors to communicate and credit each other on social media when your images get published and shared!

You Won’t Regret Planning Your Wedding Timeline

Making a wedding timeline doesn’t have to be hard! As an experienced wedding photographer, I know a few things about weddings. I also know how stressful it can be for you when people or vendors are not on time for those special moments. That’s why I have made this handy (and super pretty) Wedding Timeline Guide to get you started. Make your list, check it twice and remember to have fun!

Wedding Timeline

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Your timeline can make or break your wedding day. The difference between a good and bad timeline means being able to spend time with the people you’ve invited to the wedding vs spending it stressed and missing out on precious cocktail hour appetizers. Let me walk you through my ideal timeline as a photographer. ⁠ ⁠ 12:00 -1:00 - Bridal Prep Portraits⁠ 1:00 - 2:00 - First Look + Couple Formals⁠ 2:00 - 2:30 - Bridal Party Formals⁠ 3:00 - Bride and Groom arrival / Ceremony Details⁠ 3:30 - 4:00 - Ceremony⁠ 4:30 - 4:45 - Family Formals⁠ 4:00 - 5:00 - Cocktail hour⁠ 5:00 - 7:00 - Dinner⁠ 7:30 - 8:00 - Golden Hour Formals ⁠ 8:00 - 8:15 - First Dances⁠ 8:15 - 8:30 - Cake Cutting⁠ 8:30 - 10:00 - Open Dance Floor⁠ ⁠ Now, this is MY ideal timeline as a vendor. However, this is YOUR wedding and you should make the ultimate decision based on what’s important to you. It’s okay if you don’t want to do a first look, or if you want a longer ceremony. There is nothing preventing you from choosing not to do a first look and sticking to tradition. The idea that there is a right or wrong way to do a timeline is ludicrous but I urge you to consider the vendors you’re hiring. I am always more than happy to build a timeline that makes sense for each and every couple. It also gives me a better sense as to what is most important to you - so I can capture it more thoroughly throughout the day. ⁠ ⁠ Venue - @beantownranch⁠ Dress - @davidsbridal⁠ Suit - @moores⁠ Florals - @stoneblossomfloralgallery⁠ Hair - @emmashairstyling⁠ MUA - @prettylittleyoumakeup⁠ Shoes - @lechateaux⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ @Ottawaweddingvendors⁠ #OttawaWeddingPhotographer #OttawaWeddingVendors #SFBrides #OttawaPhotographer #ElopementPhotographer #RomancePhotographer #SophieFortierPhotography #OttawaElopementPhotographer #OttawaElopement #LetsElopeOttawa #RomanticWeddingPhotographer #ExperienceOverArt #OttawaBrandingPhotographer #OttawaBranding # BrandingPhotographer #BrandPhotography #BrandBuilding #ProductPhotography #OttawaProductPhotographer #Ottawa #OttawaSmallBusiness #BossBabe #Entrepreneur #OttawaEntrepreneur #SuportLocal #SupportLocalOttawa #SmallButMighty #SmallBusiness #BeanTownWedding #SummerWedding

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