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Planning out the Day of Your Wedding


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When you think about your wedding day you tend to think about how you will be marrying your best friend or what you envision the ballroom looking like. As your wedding day quickly approaches, you will need to also start thinking about the logistics of your day, as they are very important to ensure everything runs smoothly. With each wedding we are a part of, we put together a timeline for the wedding day with every little detail. If you aren’t working with a planner, this is something we’d recommend doing on your own. Here are a few tips and things to think about when scheduling out your day.

Where will you get ready?

Hair and makeup typically kicks off the wedding day. You’ll need to decide if the stylists are coming to you or if you are going to a salon. Keep in mind that if you are going to the salon, you’ll need to allow extra time for and coordinate transportation of you and your bridesmaids. We also suggest buffering everything by at least 1 hour as sometimes hair and makeup runs long if someone needs a touchup or doesn’t love how their look came out.

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Do you want to do a first look?

The majority of our couples have been choosing to see their partner prior to the ceremony. The first look is great for couples who want attend their whole cocktail hour and not have to be pulled away for photos. With a first look, you will typically take your wedding party photos during this time as well, so talk to your photographer about how long they need. A first look means that you need to be ready earlier in the day than if you are going the traditional route of seeing your partner for the first time at your ceremony.

What’s your plan for pictures?

You will work with your photographer to figure out what time they will arrive. Often this is based on the number of hours they are contracted for, but you can always add more hours. Most photographers will arrive prior to you getting dressed so that they can capture some details of your day first and possibly some shots as you get your makeup done. You will also need to think about where you will be taking your photos and possibly allow for transportation time if going off site.

What’s for lunch?

This is one of the biggest things that couples forget… to eat! You and your wedding party have a long day before dinner at the reception so you’ll want to make sure that you have a plan for breakfast and/or lunch built in. Often the groomsmen are able to go out to a leisurely lunch, but the bridesmaids are typically better off with food getting delivered to the location where they are getting ready.

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Don’t forget your flowers!

You will also be working with your florist to make sure they know what time you need your flowers. You will want your flowers for when you begin your photos. Often you will have flowers for some family members as well, so remember to think about the coordination of getting those to them and who you will appoint to handle that!

Overall, it’s a busy day so you want to make sure that you, your partner, your wedding party, your family and friends know where to be and when to be there. Having a schedule created will help you to keep things on track so that your day can run smoothly!

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