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Paying for Great Service and Giving Back.

Every couple has a budget that they have to stick to and regardless of whether that budget is big or small, we all try to get the most that we can for our money. Each couple spends time on adding details that make the day uniquely theirs. Brides and grooms (okay, maybe moreso the brides) spend time reading over website after website about questions to ask vendors when they are making their selections. How many tables, how many hours, do you have insurance, etc. But there is one question that I never see on these lists that I wish couples would ask all of their vendors.

“What kind of service do you provide the day of the wedding?”

Or in other words, “What items/things will you not tend to the day of my wedding?”

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You wouldn’t expect that your photographer would be the steaming your dress, spreading petals down the aisle, pinning on boutonnieres, passing champagne, helping place the centerpieces on the tables, or calming a crying bride because her groom is 45 minutes late because the limo didn’t show up on time, but I have done it all because other vendors dropped the ball.  I am one of those “step in and help when needed people,” so I do what is needed the day of a wedding, even if it’s not my responsibility. I am there to make sure the day goes as smoothly as possible and to make sure that everyone is enjoying the day. Sadly, not every vendor is willing to go to such lengths. I would like to really encourage every couple, regardless of their budget to ask these questions and make sure that they are not only getting a good deal, but that they are going to get great service the day of their wedding. This can make all the difference in your stress levels, and how much you are able to enjoy the day.

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One more way to tell if the vendor you are working with is likely to go above and beyond on your special day is to see if they give back to their community. Do they donate or do community service? Not every vendor advertises this information, but it is worth asking. As a photographer, I volunteer my services regularly for Tumbleweed Youth Development Center and I donate sessions and packages to other organizations for fundraising auctions. In fact, next week a wedding package donated by yours truly valued at $3100 will be auctioned off at the I Do Wedding Charity Auction! Interested in bidding? Get details on the event here, http://www.givegetwed.com

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Until next time, happy wedding planning!

 

The dreaded wedding timeline

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One of the most dreaded tasks I had to tackle when I was planning my wedding was the inevitable wedding day timeline. Ugh. So much to include. I really had no idea how long it would take for us to get our hair done, or how long we needed for pictures, and I had fairly little guidance in creating this master plan.  It’s something we really don’t think about until the ceremony and reception time have been set and invitations have been sent. Now as a wedding photographer I know that it’s something that you should think about well before you set your ceremony time so you can maximize your photo taking time and enjoy your reception.

Now a days with everything online, you have no doubt come across half a dozen or so suggestions for wedding day timelines. Various vendors have different reasons for making the suggestions that they do. I thought I would share with you two versions of my suggested timeline for photography that I share with my couples. These timelines allow for maximum picture taking time, but also takes into account that things sometimes (really almost always) run late! You want to get great pictures on your wedding day, but you also want to have fun! Before you try to work with these timelines I would suggest that you first have an idea of the following:
1.         Do the bride and groom want to do a first look before the wedding (if no, use timeline 2).

2.        What time does sun set on your wedding day.

3.         What time does your venue close

Of course these are just suggestions. Make sure you check in with all of your vendors to make sure what you are planning is doable.

Timeline with first look

Generic Example Activities
4.5 hours before the ceremony 12:30pm Hair & Make-up done, everyone at the venue
4 hours before ceremony 1:00pm Photographer and flowers arrive
3 hours before ceremony 2:00pm wedding party dressed and finishing touches
2.5 hours before ceremony 2:30pm bride in dress
2 hours before ceremony 3:00pm first look
1hr 45 minutes before ceremony 3:15pm formal group pictures with bridal party & Parents
1 hr 15 minutes before the ceremony 3:45pm bride and groom pictures
30 minutes before ceremony starts 4:30pm bride tucked away
5:00pm ceremony starts ( usually lasts about 30 minutes but starts 15 minutes late)
45 minutes- 1 hour after ceremony start time 5:45pm start of cocktail hour, additional formal photos and signing of wedding certificate
1.5 hours after ceremony start 6:46pm Sunset
2 hours after start of ceremony 7:00pm Grand Entrance – reception begins
2 hours 15min after ceremony start 7:15pm Dinner & Toasts
3 hours 15min after ceremony start 8:15pm First Dance, Bouquet Toss & Garter Toss
Open Dancing
Photographer Leaves (depends on hours in package)

 

 

Timeline without first look

Generic Example Activities
2.5 hours before the ceremony 2:00pm Hair & Make-up done, Everyone at the venue
2 hours before ceremony 2:30pm Photographer and flowers arrive
1.5  hours before ceremony 3:00pm wedding party dressed, finishing touches & Bride gets in dress
1hr before ceremony starts 3:30pm formal group pictures (bride with bridesmaids and groom with groomsmen)
30 minutes before ceremony starts 4:00pm bride tucked away
4:30pm ceremony starts ( usually lasts about 30 minutes but starts 15 minutes late)
45 minutes- 1 hour after ceremony start time 5:30pm start of cocktail hour, formal photos and signing of wedding certificate ( lasts for 1.5 hours)
2 hours 15 minutes after ceremony start 6:46pm Sunset
2.5 hours after start of ceremony 7:15pm Grand Entrance – reception begins
2 hours 45min after ceremony start 7:45pm Dinner & Toasts
3 hours 45min after ceremony start 8:45pm First Dance, Bouquet Toss & Garter Toss
Open Dancing
Photographer Leaves (depends on hours in package)

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