Over the many years of shooting weddings, I’ve seen my share of wedding day blips, delays and down right disasters. Everything from a groom with no pants, to a wild animal eating half of the wedding cake. Oh the memories and stories I could share! Although stressful and crazy at the time, looking back on them, some were a little comical. No matter how well you plan, some things are just out of your control. But some aren’t and that’s what I want to talk about today.
I know as a wedding photographer, I have a big job ahead of me at every wedding, which is very important to me. I want each couple to get the most out of their photographic investment. That’s why I take a hands on approach to their wedding day timeline. I send a questionnaire that helps me to gather all the information I need to compile a seamless flow for the day, based on each individual wedding and the amount of hours purchased (see a sample at the end this post). The questions posed give you time to think things through in advance and plan accordingly. The final result is peace of mind knowing that there is a plan and that we will do our part to keep everything flowing smoothly.With so much on your plate, this service can be a real blessing. Good planning usually yields good results. Having a plan will also help you to relax and enjoy your day. We got this!
Okay, so we’ve invested thought and time in creating a fabulous wedding day schedule. You’ve shared that schedule with the key wedding day players. But, now it’s the wedding day and everyone’s late! What?!? Yup, I see this more than any other issue. And if you have contracted me for 8 hours, but show up an hour late, this alters the ENTIRE wedding day schedule. We have to rush trying to catch up, which may limit the time we have to be creative or lessen the amount of photos we have time to take. Lateness causes stress and you don’t need any extra wedding day stress! Although not every hiccup can be anticipated or avoided, there is much you can do to aid in getting your wedding day off to a good start.