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Girl, get your act together...

I have been on a blogging roll...and I am so excited to keep sharing all the experiences, wisdom and learning as we go along together!

Coming up to a wedding day seems simple enough. The cake and florist are booked. The food and drinks are taken care of. The venue and coordinator are looking after so much that it all just seems so easy. To easy some times. I may not be speaking for every single photographer/ vendor but I know for sure I am speaking for a lot of us...when it comes to timelines and itineraries.

As a photographer in the wedding industry I always ask my clients for their day of itinerary and timeline and if they don't have one I always offer to help make one to help run their day a little smoother. I can not stress enough how amazing and easy flowing a day will become when all of your vendors are on the same page and have the same guidelines as you two. Im not saying that it has to be perfect but a rough idea on your timing of your day is awesome.

Heres a sample of a very simple timeline:

8:00- Hair and Makeup Start at (insert address)

1:00- Photographer Arrives at (insert address) for getting ready shots

(Travel to Ceremony location)

3:00- Ceremony Begins at (insert address)

4:00- Ceremony Ends

4:15-4:30- Immediate Family Portraits (attach shot list)

(Travel to shoot location)

4:45-6:00- Bridal Party Shots (attach shot list)

(Travel to Reception location)

6:30- Reception Begins at (insert location)

Bridal Party Entrance

7:00- Dinner

First Dances and Speeches between courses

9:00- Cake Cutting, Garter Toss, Bouquet Toss

Although this is very simple it is a huge help for all your vendors to keep up on times and locations with addresses. Your photographer and coordinator (if you have one) are more than knowledgeable to help you create your very own version with the details you have available to you.

Each wedding varies and differs from the last one and trust me so do all the timelines.

With all the digital access we have now a days there are many resources to reach out to as well as guides online to help if you want to do it on your own. Contact your ceremony location for their final times as well as your reception and start with those. Filling in the blanks with your makeup artist and hair designers must have start times. And then thinking about what your most important things to be photographed are and make sure they fit in within your time frame.

Preparing your wedding day vendors is nothing short of fantastic! Giving them full advantage of time and location access is going to be to your benefit.