March 27, 2019
Creating a perfect wedding timeline can be stressful if you have never done it. I am here to help! It’s no secret that a wedding day can be stressful af. I can pretty much guarantee you that almost every wedding that you work will run behind on time. It can be stressful, but it is up to you as the photographer to keep everyone on track. Think of yourself as the photographer, therapist, herder, cheerleader, and timekeeper to name a few. You may not be all at once or any at all if your clients have a wedding coordinator for the day; however, you should be prepared to wear many hats throughout the day. Your goal as a photographer should always be to SERVE SERVE SERVE your clients regardless if you want to be all of the above. It’s not about you, girlfriend! It’s about the two people ready to commit their lives to each other!
Even if their wedding planner has created a master timeline, I like to create a master photo timeline so that everyone knows where and when to be for photos. Some wedding planners are amazing and create and include your photo timeline into the master timeline like Festoons and Flourishes, does, but if you aren’t that lucky, still work with the planner to make sure you are both on the same page! Working with the wedding planner also helps you network and grow relationships in your industry! Trust me; you want your wedding planners on your side, they will bring you lots of clients if they love you!
Typically I send over a questionnaire three months before their wedding to nail down the nitty-gritty details. The questionnaire helps gather information regarding their ceremony time, getting ready time, send-off time, etc. I also include a section on what combinations they would like to add for family formals to help kill two birds with one stone. Make sure you ask about a first look as well. First looks can help the day be efficient and allow you to get all of the photos completed before the ceremony. It is crucial that you keep family members and the bridal happy, and if that means you get to let them enjoy cocktail hour because we got the photos done before the ceremony, they are going to love you. After they complete their questionnaire, I get to work writing up a timeline.
Timelines are not that difficult to create; you just got to make sure that you create one that works for both you and the hours scheduled.
Each wedding is going to be different, so make sure you gather all of the details from your couple about their day before you work on their timeline. Trust me; it will make your life so much easier!
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13