Wedding Tips and Tricks!

A few things we’ve noticed that help the day flow well! 

But before we begin, if you’re feeling overwhelmed with planning hiring a pro planner can be a huge help. You can find some of our favourite planners listed HERE

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Getting Ready

Locations

When choosing getting ready locations, try to make them as close as possible. This cuts down on driving time and maximizes your coverage time. We drive one vehicle and coverage begins when either Dave or Abby is first dropped off. You may also want to book a hotel room for the night before and night of your wedding, this can give you some quiet time and privacy while providing a beautiful getting ready space. Just let us know if you’d like some hotel recommendations.

Coverage Time

We suggest 60 to 90 minutes of photography coverage for getting ready. This timing tends to be golden for capturing details and candids. Keep in mind that most ladies won’t want to be photographed before they have their makeup on, so we aim to be there for when the bride is getting her makeup on.

Hair + Makeup

Sometimes things will run late on the wedding day because the hair and makeup artists weren’t able to wrap up in time. Ask your makeup artist and stylist how long they will need for each bridesmaid, mom, aunt and anyone else being styled. Then ask how long they will need for you, it will always be longer. Then add a bit of buffer time, 15 minutes is usually good.

 

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 Portraits

 

 

First Look

If you’re looking to have your day flow seamlessly from ceremony to cocktail hour, or if you’re worried you’ll be so nervous before the ceremony that you might forget everything that happens then you should consider a First Look. A First Look is when you take some or all of your portraits before the ceremony. Not only is this a very intimate time between the two of you, it also eases nerves and lets you spend more time with your guests. You can also block off more time for your portraits stress-free since your guests won’t be waiting for you. Laura and Chris decided to do a First Look for their wedding, you can see the images HERE

 

Time Needed

This timing can vary based on specific circumstances, but here is a general breakdown of the time we will need for portraits.
Family – 20 minutes (We suggest doing family portraits within walking distance of the ceremony to avoid lost people and time while travelling.)
Wedding Party – 20 minutes 
Bride and Groom – 30-60 minutes 

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Reception

The Emcee

Give your Master of Ceremonies a run down of your reception timeline in advance and let them know that they are the timekeeper for the reception. This includes things like ensuring people are seated after cocktails so that the meal is served on time. This is important since the caterer has prepared the meal to be served at a specific time and your guests (especially the little ones) may start to get peckish. Your emcee should also be on top of speeches, games and any other events happening throughout the seated portion of reception.
 

 

The Main Events

When planning your reception timeline, try to have the main events take place before the party really gets rocking. If your cake cutting, first dances, garter and bouquet toss are all done early in the evening you won’t have to interrupt partying later to take care of them. And for guests who aren’t late night party-people, they still get to see those moments before they leave. We also suggest cutting your cake before the dancing starts, this way you never have to break up the dance floor.
 
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At the end of the day, relax and have fun! Your wedding is going to kick ass!

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