How to plot your wedding timeline

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Wedding timeline top tips

I’ve been so lucky to photograph so many different weddings, so here’s a few tips to make sure you have enough time to relax, have fun, and get awesome photographs along the way….

1 - Getting Ready

Prep photos are some of my absolute faves, gorgeous candid photos of you and your party chilling out, popping the champers and getting excited together.
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This may be stating the obvious but, if you want photos of both of you getting ready, you will need two photographers. As much as I would love to be in two places at once, it doesn’t work hugely well! I have a network of photography pals who help me out here so I can help get this sorted for you.
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I can make sure we capture all those awesome shots of your gang, and all the little extra details that can be easily forgotten in the excitement, but are amazing to look back on!
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Check with your hair and makeup artists for how long they suggest it will take to get you all pampered.
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Top tip: let yourself and your friends and family enjoy this exciting time with you, without watching the clock too much!

2 - Ceremony

Again, this might sound obvious but make sure you leave enough time to get from one venue to another. You don’t want to feel rushed from your prep to your ceremony! If your day is all happening in one venue, I still recommend leaving a nice wedge of time between each stage so that you can take it all in - if your venue has a wedding co-ordinator, or you’re working with a planner, they can also help plot your day.
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As for your ceremony, take this opportunity to be yourselves, and do things your way. In my experience, ceremonies tend to be between 30 - 60 minutes depending on readings and songs etc.
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Top tip: I highly recommend leaving at least 2 hours between your ceremony and dinner to make sure you can relax with your guests, and we can plot time in for your group shots and portraits, and any fun extras in between.

3 - Confetti

SO MUCH FUN! I would highly recommend plotting in a 10 minute slot for a really awesome confetti shot.
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There are so many ways you can do confetti, it doesn’t have to be while you’re coming up the aisle either.
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One of my most favourite ways to do confetti shots, is to do this after post-ceremony drinks, to have you both in the middle with your guests forming a circle and chucking LOTS (I’m talking way more than you think would do the job!) high into the air and letting it fall on you!
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Top tip: You can think outside the box here too, smoke bombs, pom poms, biodegradable glitter - there’s so many options to make your confetti shot awesome.

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4 - Group shots

I love candid, documentary style photographs, but I also provide group shots.
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It’s really important to take some time out, to make sure you have gorgeous pictures of your nearest and dearest. These are the shots those closest to you will want on their walls alongside other family and friends wedding photos.
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Make sure you have a bridesmaid, usher etc who can be on hand to help gather people. I am more than happy to help here, but it will absolutely help your group shots run smoothly if we have someone to gather people while I do the actual photography thing!
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It might not seem like something that takes long to photograph, but imagine herding up your aunts, uncles, cousins, best pals etc when there’s yummy canapés and bubbly floating around!
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Top tip: I suggest no more than 10 group shots, and a max of 30 minutes, so that you’re not away from your guests and celebrations for too long, but still get the important shots.

5 - Your Portraits

Your engagement shoot is the perfect time to practice! We get to chat and have fun, and you get an idea of what it’s like to have your photo taken and I promise it’s not as scary as you think.
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So why is it important to plot time in for these? My couples often tell me they dread the thought of having to be dragged away for hours - this is not how I do things!

Imagine this, we go for a little wander, away from the hubbub of your celebrations for some quality time to take in your day so far. It’s just you and me, making sure we get some gorgeous, relaxed photographs you’ll be proud to show off.
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I always scope out your wedding venue before the day, and local area if need be, to have some ideas of awesome spots for your portraits. I suggest about 30 minutes for these, but of course we can be longer and take in more spots if you like!
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Top tip: Allow yourself this time to feel fabulous! It is 100% acceptable to be a total badass in your wedding photographs, it’s also 100% acceptable to be totally loved up in your own way.

6 - Sparkler exit!

For your evening celebrations, along with your speeches, cake and first dance, one really fun thing to plot in is a sparkler exit!
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What’s that?! Imagine confetti with sparkers and you get the idea! It’s a really fun way to book end your day, especially if you aren’t having a first dance, and a great ‘last shot of the day’.
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Top tip: Have a bucket of sand ready for when the sparklers burn out!

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