Google+ wedding day timeline Archives - Southern Weddings

Southern Weddings

Tag: wedding day timeline

I don’t know about y’all, but how I start the morning tends to set the tone for the rest of my day. With a healthy breakfast, a cup of coffee, and maybe even a few extra minutes to pick out my outfit, I’m much more happy and productive for the rest of the day. At Southern Weddings, we think that this same idea holds true on your wedding day. With a little bit of preparation and forethought, you can ensure that the day will start in a peaceful and stress-free way, letting you focus on what really matters: getting married! With the help of our friends at Freixenet, we’ve compiled our best tips for your wedding morning.

Choose your location wisely.
Be honest with yourself when considering the best place to get ready. Will your childhood home put you at ease, or will a week’s worth of detail DIY-ing lingering in the air make you anxious? Will the bridal room at your church make you feel more comfortable about not running late, or will the lack of natural light make you feel a little claustrophobic? Everyone’s needs are different, but a pretty, clean, light-filled room with plenty of mirrors and outlets is generally the best place to start. We shot these photos in one of the suites at The Umstead in Cary, North Carolina, and with its huge windows (and gorgeous views!), beautiful furniture, and ample space to spread out and get ready, we think it’s a prime example of a great wedding morning room!

Another tip: when you’re getting ready, keep purses, dress bags, coats, etc. contained in one part of the room–hidden, if possible. Not only will a clutter-free room help you relax, it’ll also make your wedding morning pictures clean and beautiful.

Know your timeline.
The ultimate essential for a stress-free morning? Knowing you have plenty of time. Coordinate the amount of time you need to get ready with your hair stylist and makeup artist, taking into account all of the people who need to be attended to (perhaps bridal party, moms, grandmas, flower girls, and, of course, you!). If you’re going to a salon, overestimate the time it takes you to drive back and forth. Ask a responsible bridesmaid to keep an eye on the clock and gently enforce the schedule. If you haven’t created a wedding day timeline yet, find our tips for doing so here.

Consider your attire.
Slipping into a pretty robe, crisp monogrammed shirt, or even a cute, strapless dress or coverup will help you feel special from the moment you wake up. Just make sure that whatever you wear can be stepped out of easily to prevent smudging your makeup or mussing your hair!

Designate a point person.
Phone calls from vendors, friends, and even your wedding guests on the morning of the wedding are almost unavoidable. Have your mom or a bridesmaid take charge of your phone to field all questions and concerns that may come your way, so you can sit back and relax!

Don’t forget about food and drinks!
Y’all, we cannot stress enough how important it is to remember to eat on your big day! We love fresh, light finger foods that are delicious and easy to eat in between turns on the makeup chair, like these sandwiches and sweets prepared by The Umstead. Make each of your bridesmaids feel extra special by stenciling her monogram (see below for a tutorial!) onto mini bottles of Freixenet–the matte black bottles are perfect for this! She can drink straight from the bottle with a pretty straw, or pour the sparkling wine into a glass with juice for a morning mimosa. This is the start of a celebration, after all!

As responsible bloggers, we did take a sip from these dainty bottles while shooting these photos, and we can personally certify that this sparkling, bubbly drink would be perfect for a celebratory wedding morning! The Freixenet winery is still family-owned with a rich history that stretches over 100 years, beginning when two winemaking families decided to make sparkling wine in the classic tradition of methóde champenoise, using indigenous Spanish grapes from their vineyards. The Ferrer family’s dedication to detail and quality is this cava’s distinguishing mark – it’s still completely harvested by hand!

Plan special touches in advance.
A few little details will make getting ready feel more like a special event in itself. You don’t need much–we love cute straws, bows around mini Freixenet bottles, personalized hangers, and a simple floral arrangement, to name a few. We suggest brainstorming and preparing these details as soon as possible–by the week of the wedding, there will most likely be other things you’ll need to focus on.

Make a playlist.
We love this tip! Nothing sets a mood quite like the perfect playlist, and whether you’re anticipating a quiet, serene morning or a pre-wedding dance party with your best gals, music will help set the tone for whatever kind of morning will make you feel your best.

Bring your invitation suite.
This may sound like an odd thing to pack into your wedding morning tote bag, but if you want your photographer to capture beautiful pictures of your paper products, it’s essential! As well as paper, be sure to lay out any details you may want photographed–perhaps your jewelry, your somethings old/new/borrowed/blue, your perfume, etc.

Now about those monogrammed Freixenet bottles! It’s no secret that the Southern Weddings gals love monograms, and we think the idea of gifting bridesmaids with a custom bottle is so special.

1. Design a monogram on the computer and print it out on cardstock. Make sure the lines are on the thick side, since you’ll be cutting them out! We used the font “Circle Monograms” (available here) to make ours.
2. With an X-Acto knife, cut out the monogram to create a stencil.
3. Carefully remove the label from a Freixenet bottle and use the stencil to outline the monogram in pencil. We found soaking the bottles in water helps.
4. Go over your pencil lines with gold sharpie, and then fill in the letters.
5. Add a little border–we love these cava-inspired polka dots!

What are your wedding morning plans? If you’d like your wedding day to include Freixenet, be sure to enter the All Love Sparkles sweepstakes on their Facebook page–you could win 125 mini Freixenet bottles, like the ones seen in this post, as well as a Memory Magnum bottle. Good luck!

Photographer: Julia Wade | Venue and Food: The Umstead | Bridesmaid Dresses: LulaKate | Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar | Stationery: Minted

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Kristin reply

    Those mini bottles are adorable and the monogrammed touch is perfect! Dying over the darling. Good music, bubbles and my best friends? Ok!

  2. avatar Mary reply

    Ah! I so wish I would have planned this part of the day better! I didn’t even get to sit and just enjoy being with my bridesmaids. Such an important part of the day!

  3. avatar Kat reply

    Oh I love the monograms!!! And, those hangers are adorable!!

  4. avatar Occasions In Print reply

    Great advice! I especially love the suggestion to bring your stationery suite.

  5. avatar Alie reply

    Love this! Where did you get those cute straws?!

  6. avatar Jadzia reply

    These bottles make great wedding favors too! Gave them out at my wedding 28 years ago!!

  7. avatar Kayleigh reply

    Love this post, so perfect! Do you know where the pink dress is from?

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:

Whenever I’m at a loss for the next topic to cover in our “Expert Advice” series, I usually only have to think back to my last conversation with my sister-in-law to come up with something. She’s in the thick of planning her own wedding right now, and I figure if she’s asking me about something, she’s probably not the only one who’s wondering about the topic! Our last call revolved around creating a wedding day timeline – what happens when, how long things last, who needs to be where – so today, I’m hoping to shed some light on this topic that can be very confusing!

A note: If you’re working with a wedding planner or day of coordinator, creating a wedding day timeline is likely something she will handle. If you’re on your own, it is absolutely essential that you create one of these yourself. (And trust me, there are very few things that I will say are essential for every single wedding!) A well-crafted timeline creates a seamless experience for your beloved guests (and maximizes your time with them!), helps your vendors do their best work, and cuts down on the amount of “managing” you’ll need to do on your wedding day — all very good things!

Let’s get started!

Begin by gathering information and materials. Collect all of the information you have, especially the parts that are externally set/not in your control. It might help to start by asking yourself these questions:

A note: Most ceremonies last approximately twenty minutes, but I would recommend rounding up to at least 30 minutes – and some can be much longer. Add up liturgy, readings, entrances, vows, homily, communion, rituals, etc. to get a ballpark.)

Whew! Answering these might require conversation with your vendors, particularly on subjects like food timing. Your caterer will have the best idea of how long it will take to serve all of your guests at your venue based on whether you’re having a plated dinner, a family style meal, or a buffet, and your photographer can advise you on how long portraits will take based on the list you give him. If they don’t offer this info, ask! Never assume you’re on the same page about how things will run – always confirm.

Add times and details as you confirm them. As decisions are made and information comes in, start plugging each piece into a doc (Word or Excel, your choice!). For example, you probably already know what time you have to vacate your reception venue, so that’s a great place to start! If you’re totally stuck, here’s the general arc most evening dinner receptions at two locations tend to follow:

Of course, there are many, many, many factors that can affect this timeline. Let’s discuss a few.

— One location or two. If your ceremony and reception are at different locations, be sure to build in time for your guests to get to their cars, travel, park, and walk. Take traffic into consideration. I would recommend underestimating the amount of time travel will take, because there are few things worse than having guests arrive to a reception that’s not ready for them!
Portraits. While there are many reasons to recommend them, first looks are not the only option – but, if you’re not having one, you need to be realistic about the time of year and time of day you’re getting married, and adjust your expectations accordingly. (i.e. If you’re having a winter ceremony at 5pm, don’t expect your photographer to be able to capture daylight portraits.) Whether or not you’re having a first look, I recommend checking off as many bridal party and family portraits as you can before the ceremony, and leaving a concise list of group portraits for after.
Location and transportation. Confirm where the gents and ladies will be getting ready, and if it’s not at the ceremony location, confirm transportation for everyone as well as how long it will take. If you’re taking portraits at the ceremony venue but getting ready elsewhere, consider putting on your gown once you arrive to make travel easier!
Dances. At our wedding, we moved immediately into our first dance when we entered the reception, which I loved. You could also use your first dance or parent dances to open the dance floor after dinner, or do them during dinner.
Toasts. I like when toasts are offered during dinner, perhaps between courses. I’d also recommend splitting them up, so guests are able to focus on each one individually.
Sunset. Your photographer will likely suggest taking a few bride and groom portraits at sunset. Even if you did a first look, I think this mini portrait session (10-15 minutes) is a great idea. You’ll be in a different “head space” than before the ceremony, and it will also give you a chance to be (mostly) alone in the middle of your reception. And, there will be lovely glowing light!

The Reason via Southern Weddings

And finally, a few tips to remember:

Guest will arrive early. Fact. Plan to begin your pre-ceremony music at least half an hour before the invite start time. Likewise, if you’re doing a first look or pre-ceremony portraits, have everything wrapped up and be “hidden” away from guests at least half an hour beforehand – otherwise you might get caught chatting with arriving guests when you’d rather be spending a few quiet minutes with your ladies.
Make multiple versions of your timeline. I had a typed, single-spaced, two-page timeline that outlined exactly where every person was going to be for nearly every minute of the day — but I certainly didn’t send it to anyone but my day-of coordinator. That would have been completely overwhelming! I made simplified versions for each major vendor, and emailed them out a week in advance. I also printed out personalized copies for family members and the bridal party, so everyone felt confident about where they had to be when. Here’s a peek at the beginnings of my wedding day timeline, shared in this post:

For all this talk of detail, though, hear this: your wedding timeline is a guideline. As long as you don’t keep guests waiting and the food is fresh, it’s totally fine to deviate from it as the day begins to flow. And that’s where a talented coordinator or planner comes in. I know one is not in every budget, but I would highly recommend making room for one if you can, and if not, at least arranging a handpicked family member or friend to be the point person on the big day. If you’re the type to stress over whether everything is getting set up correctly and whether little details are being taken care of, a coordinator could be the best gift you give yourself. I think a coordinator is also a gift to your family and friends – both because you’ll be less stressed, and because it will allow them to relax, as well. A win win!

Tell me: Do you have a timeline for your wedding day yet? Do you have any tricky questions I might be able to answer? Are you doing anything different with the flow of your day? I’d love to hear!

P.S. I know we’re only covering evening receptions in this post, but most of the concepts are applicable to all sorts of celebrations. Just pick and choose the elements that apply to your wedding!

The Reason is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Ashley reply

    This is definitely helpful! I have a DOC, but they don’t work on timelines until 2 months out – understandable, things change. EXCEPT, as an out of town bride, I’m doing my final meeting with a few vendors earlier than normal – whenever I can fit them in on trips home- and my vendors need to know drop-off/set-up times. My coordinator and her team have been helpful, but (since I’m a control freak) it’s been easier for me to just do it myself – I figure I’ll let them do the fine tuning.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Awesome! I definitely agree – I’d want to have details worked out before two months, but I can understand why your DOC does it that way!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Bookmarking this post to refer to lots in the coming months! Dave and I started working on our timeline early to try to figure out how many hours we wanted to book our photographer and videographers for, but it’s still in the preliminary stages. The biggest difference from this list for us so far though is that our ceremony will run closer to an hour and a half!

  3. avatar Darby reply

    I am helping a friend as her day-of coordinator this weekend. I just wrapped up her wedding day timeline. There are always a lot of things to consider. It’s always a good idea to prioritize what means the most to you on the day of. Make sure that your coordinator is aware of what those are. For example, making sure to take the *must have* portraits first. Great post Emily!

  4. avatar Leann reply

    I know a bride that can use this guide right away. Great post!

  5. avatar Rachel reply

    This post is perfect! I made my February wedding goal to get the timeline figured out – I started it on my own, but my DOC was a life saver! Each vendor is worried about a different aspect of the timeline, so it is definitely smart to start early and get a general idea…I am way more relaxed about the rest of the planning knowing that is under control!

  6. avatar Ashton Robertson reply

    Thank you so much for this post! This is one aspect of planning I feel the most clueless about.

  7. avatar Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up – Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] the story behind her wedding venue search. Emily outlined some super helpful tips for creating a wedding day timeline. We love real […]

  8. avatar How To Create A Wedding Day Timeline – Alterations by Alter Creations reply

    […] questions or share any tips you may have! (Don’t forget to check out the complete post on How to Create A Wedding Timeline on, if you’d […]

  9. avatar Links to Love | Down Home Brides reply

    […] Creating a Wedding Day Timeline from Southern Weddings What happens when, who needs to be where, etc. All the details you need to help your wedding day stay on track. […]

  10. avatar DJ Rob Chaoz reply

    Very useful post for couples. Thank you!

  11. avatar Kristin reply

    This is such a great guide to get brides started! The itinerary is so important and helps ensure the wedding plans are executed as envisioned. I think it’s important to have a professional help with itinerary writing because they are able to think of important details that would otherwise be overlooked.

  12. avatar Expert Advice: Creating a Wedding Day Timeline | Barn Weddings KY | The Barn at Cedar Grove | Outdoor Weddings Receptions KY | Farm Wedding KY | Country Wedding Kentucky | Rustic Chic Wedding Reception Venue KY | Barn Event Space Kentucky reply

    […] of “managing” you’ll need to do on your wedding day — all very good things! Click here to read […]

  13. avatar Wedding-Day Timelines | Weddingbee reply

    […] wedding timeline from Southern Weddings—great advice […]

  14. avatar Stephanie reply

    I am having trouble choosing when to have the first dance. i think I kinda like the idea of setting the tone of the evening and dancing when we are introduced. And the opening the dance floor with the parent dances.

  15. avatar Your Wedding Day Schedule -Resources to Get You Started! | Stylish Wedding Photographer in Anchorage Alaska | Elegante Light Photography reply

    […] Southern Weddings has a terrific article on building a timeline! This is a great place to start whether you are just beginning to build your wedding day schedule, or simply need to be sure you have thought of everything.  There is a lot of information covered and is absolutely worth the read! […]

  16. avatar Misty Eubanks reply

    HELP. We, meaning myself and bridesmaids cannot decorate our venue till the morning of our wedding. Our wedding is at 2. I need HELP organizing a timeline. Decorating will start around 7:30am and I plan on returning to get ready At 10. Is an this ample time???? I have 4 bridemaids and they will be prepreped for hair, they are doing their own make-up and will just need to get dressed.

  17. avatar How to create a wedding day timeline | The Original Wedding Sparkler Company's Blog reply

    […] start time. Be sure to factor this into your wedding day timeline, having everything set up and pre-ceremony music ready to start about 30 minutes before the actual ceremony. If you are taking pre-ceremony photos […]

  18. avatar Your Wedding Day Timeline For Your Photographer – Stonecrest Photography reply

    […] to help you build a timeline for your day – at Every Last Detail, at Brides, and at Southern Weddings, to name a few.  This post is a little more focused, and maybe a little selfish, with some tips to […]

  19. avatar Curate reply

    This is right on! Be sure to get some additional help as well from willing family members who are very detail oriented instead of trying to do it all and get married on the same day.

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:

Hi, friends! As some of you may know, John’s sister is getting married this weekend!! (Whoo!) There’s much excitement in the air, as well as a flurry of last-minute details (though thankfully, everything is well-organized and under control!). All the buzz has made me think about the flow on my and John’s actual wedding day, and so today, I thought I’d lump a few topics under one post: portraits, timeline, first look, and day-of coordinator. I know some of y’all have had questions about the decisions we’ve made in these areas, so I hope this post is helpful!

Let’s talk timeline first. My best recommendation? Start this early, and add times and details as you confirm them throughout your engagement. I probably made version 1.0 of our timeline eight months ago. It’s since changed many times, and it’s not finalized yet, but it helps to have at least a skeleton of a schedule to refer to when you’re making decisions. Start with the most basic building blocks: When do you have to vacate your venue? When does your ceremony begin? Your vendors will likely help you out as you begin to fill in the details – i.e. your photographer should let you know how long she or he needs for portraits, your hair and makeup people should let you know how long it will take them to prettify the list you provide. If they don’t offer this info, ask! As in most things, never assume you’re on the same page about how things will run – always confirm. One more tip? ALWAYS over estimate how long things will take, especially moving groups of people from one place to another.

Our timeline for September 15 starts at 8:30am, which is when my Mom, sisters, and I will leave our house and head to the hotel where we’ll get ready. From 9:30am to 1pm Tia will be working her hair and makeup magic on my, my bridesmaids, and my Mom. I plan to write more about this part of the morning in a future Emily Plans a Wedding post, so we’ll leave it at that for now! Here’s a peek at the beginnings of our timeline – just a simple Word doc!

At 1:45, I, my bridesmaids, and my immediate family members will have arrived at our portrait location. We’ll cycle through a variety of different groupings while we await the rest of our party. At 2:15, John, his gents, and the rest of his immediate family will have arrived at our portrait location. At this point, we’ll set up our first look.

I use the term “set up” loosely, as I am really not a fan of the elaborately staged first look. In fact, the only thing I really care about is that it is as private as possible. Of course, our photographers (2) and videographers (2) will be in the vicinity, but other than that, we’d like it to be as private as possible. (I know some folks have their bridal parties or families in on the action, and truly, I don’t really care if they’re watching as long as I don’t know they’re watching.) I also really don’t like the whole “tapping on the shoulder” thing, so, depending on what Tanja thinks, we’ll probably just have John waiting, facing the direction I’ll be approaching from, and I’ll walk around the corner towards him. I might start running :)

He & She Photography

Why did we choose to do a first look? The decision was largely based on logistics. We have large families, and we wanted to make sure we had enough time to get all of the important groupings in good light, with minimal stress, and without cramping Tanja’s style. Also? As I’ve mentioned before, I know John is going to be pretty darn nervous on the morning of our wedding, and I think it would be best to vent at least a little of the emotion pre-ceremony so that we can both be present and enjoy it once we’re in the church. It’s not the right choice for everyone, but I believe it is for us!

Before we continue with the timeline, I’d like to mention a brief aside about large group portraits. They’re kind of my thing. As you may recall, a knack for effortless, natural posing was one of my top three critera when it came to choosing our photographer. I love to pin favorite portraits, and some of the photos from my sister’s wedding are some of my lifetime favorites. Because really, though I love the details as much as anyone else, the portraits are what you’ll treasure for the rest of your life, am I right? On that note, here are a few of my favorites:

From top to bottom: Jessica Monnich, Adam Barnes, Tanja Lippert, Adam Barnes

Clearly Tanja is a master at this stuff, so I have no doubt we’ll get exactly what we want. If you’re concerned about your photographer and/or your family members being comfortable with something like this, here are my two best tips: squeeze in much closer than you think is necessary, and make sure people are touching at different points and in different ways – a hand on an elbow there, an interlocked arm there. For more, I really enjoyed this post on relaxed family portraits by photographer Caroline Joy.

But back to the timeline! We’ve allotted an hour for family portraits, and with travel time, we expect to arrive at the chapel at 4pm. At 4:30, our ceremony will begin. Because of all the things we’re planning on packing into our ceremony (see here + here!), we expect it will last about 40 minutes.

We will not be doing a receiving line at the church, and our plan is to basically walk directly out of the church, into our waiting car, and hightail it to the reception location so that Tanja can work her photo magic on the details before our guests arrive at the cocktail hour. Once she’s finished up what she needs to do, we’ll take portraits for approximately half an hour, and then we’ll join our guests for the last half of cocktail hour.

Tanja Lippert. Squeal!!

Our cocktail hour and reception spaces are distinct, so at 6:30, we’ll welcome our guests into the reception tent. We are doing a “grand entrance” with our full bridal party (one of the only things we’ve definitely picked out a song for!), and then we’ll move directly into our first dance from there. Immediately after our first dance my Dad will give his toast, and then the “first course” will be served (for more about our food choices, check out this post!). About an hour later, we’ll cut back in to do our best man and sibling toasts, John and I will speak briefly, and then we’ll do the father daughter/mother son dance before opening up the floor for dancing. After that the only other interruption will be when we cut the cake and share our slideshow, likely around 8:45. Our exit will be at 11pm.

So clearly I’ve thought about this timeline thing. But on the day of the wedding? I don’t want to be thinking about this timeline thing. And that’s where Diana comes in. Diana works with my friend Candice at Jubilee Events, an awesome wedding planning and event design company in Connecticut. Diana is our day-of coordinator, and I’m so grateful that I’ll be able to hand over the reins to someone so competent, kind, and resourceful come September! A planner or coordinator is not in every budget, but I would highly recommend making room for one if you can, and if not, at least arranging a handpicked family member or friend to be the point person on the day of your wedding. As I’m sure you’ve heard before, you want to be able to enjoy your wedding day instead of stressing over whether everything is getting set up correctly and whether little details are being taken care of! I think a day-of coordinator or planner is also a gift to your family and friends – both because you’ll be less stressed, and because it will allow them to relax, as well. A win win!

I think that about wraps things up for this week, friends! Any questions about our timeline or how things will run on our wedding day, just ask!

In case you missed a post…
The main characters | Where we’re getting married | I go dress shopping | We choose a photographer | I ponder bridesmaid style | Mini food! | The music | We’re renting a tent! | We discuss bouquets + boutonnieres | We send out our save the dates | I gather hair and makeup inspiration | We talk cake and sweets | I introduce you to our videographer | We create a registry | We buy a tuxedo | We style a reception | I choose accessories | We take engagement photos! | We plan our ceremony | We discuss ceremony music and readings

Adam Barnes is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Melissa Vause reply

    Agghh! This post puts me in a panic haha I thought I had accomplished alot in the planning process already, but I have yet to develop v1.0 of the timeline! Luckily, the last vendor we’ve booked is a day-of planner so hopefully this will come together soon. There’s apparently so much left to do before December!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Melissa! No need to panic :) You’ve definitely still got time before December, and your day of coordinator will help with your timeline! Good luck with the rest of your plans!!

  2. avatar Lauren Townes reply

    Emily, reading your timeline makes me feel exhausted! After 1’o’clock it takes off lol. I haven’t 100% committed to a first look yet, but I’m leaning towards it. Our ceremonies start at the same time so I’m wondering if we’ll have similar timelines! Thankfully I’m getting ready at home, however, so I can catch a few extra minutes of shut eye before it all begins!

    • avatar Emily reply

      I totally know what you mean, Lauren! The morning of the wedding is usually so calm and relaxed, and then it just gets to the point when you’re on the current and there’s no stopping it :)

  3. avatar Louise reply


    I am reading this post in ‘real time’… and it’s giving me goosebumps!

    I’ve been pouring through pages and pages of SW blog over the past few months, as I prepare for my wedding in November. I typically go to the posting for the day via Facebook or look for a specific topic depending on what my agenda is for the day. But, after reading your ‘sign off’ post the other day, I started to go through your ‘Emily Plans a Wedding’ Series more specifically (which is not only such a great resource, getting planning tips from an in-action bride, but I feel like I have someone real to relate to!).

    But back to your timeline post… I was reading this one on your actual wedding DAY which is so exciting!! Reading how and why you and John are doing a first look gave me goosebumps as it was, but when I looked at my clock and realized it was 2:15, I got butterflies in MY stomach! This is partially for the reasons I mentioned above of being able to relate to a current bride (and the happiness and excitement that exuded from you talking about running to him and him being nervous about seeing you), but also because I imagine me and my fiance at this stage of our wedding day.

    I am excited to get to that point in our day in November, and I thank you for sharing all of the details along the way of planning your day out, but specifically for sharing this post, because it has helped me (and made me excited) the most! We both also have large families – I’m one of 11 children and he’s one of 6, so talk about a large, Southern wedding! – and I hadn’t thought about the first look in light of taking our pictures before. I’ve always thought of it as something special for us to do but never felt I could ‘justify’ it, because of our family’s strong history of traditions. And first looks are not one of them). Now, I feel like we could have our special moment – which as you mentioned, will likely result in me running to him and him dispelling some of his nerves! – AND get the majority of our family pictures taken beforehand (we’re doing a 7pm ceremony, so by the time it’s over, it’ll be at least 8:15, so a long stint of pictures isn’t exactly super appealing).

    Anyway, I hope your wedding was everything y’all have hoped and planned for. Thank you for sharing!!! Even with version 1.0, it was the perfect resource.


  4. avatar 10-tips-for-working-with-your-wedding-photographer | Southern Productions reply

    […] Create a generous timeline. I spoke about this a bit here, but if photographs are important to you, build in as much time as possible for them.  Generally […]

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to: