4 Tips for a relaxed wedding day
Who doesn't want a relaxed wedding day?
We can all agree wedding's are extremely fun and exciting, but the build up and preparation can sometimes be a bit daunting and even stressful. This is why when it comes to your big day you want to make sure you can take it all in and enjoy it for what it is! One of the best day's of your life :)
To create a relaxed wedding day you have to give yourself time to enjoy it.
We all know in everyday life limited time and rushing can be stressful, this is no different on your wedding day. The good news is you can control this! Let me tell you how.
I have compiled a list of the top 4 time saving tips all couples should be aware off:
1. HAIR & MAKE UP
You want to ensure your hair and make-up is all complete 1 hour before you have to make your way to your ceremony venue. The last hour you will need to leave 10-15 minutes for individual photos of you before you leave, as well as a few family pics. Time to take it all in and not rushing out the door, as there are always a few last touch ups and check's to do before leaving.
2. GET INTO YOUR DRESS?
You want to ensure your bridesmaids get into their dresses 45 minutes to 1 hour before you leave, as this will mean they can help you get ready and in turn giving you the opportunity to get those nice getting ready photo's.
3. THE GREETING LINE
Depending on the type of your wedding service it is hard to control this, but what you can decide on is whether you would like a greeting line. From shooting well over 100 wedding's I can predict how long this will take depending on your guest numbers. Here is an estimated breakdown for you. 50-75 guests- 15 minutes, 75-100 guests- 20 minutes, 100-150 guests- 30 minutes. If you wanted to save time here, you could carry out this greeting line as your guests are called into your reception room for the meal instead. With the restriction's which may be in place due to the corona virus, the greeting line will no doubt be abolished for the rest of 2020, but it is still something to consider.
4. FAMILY PHOTOS
When well organised they should only take 10-15 minutes. Prior to all my wedding's I send out a pre wedding questionnaire to my couple's. On this questionnaire I collect all the info I need and one of the topics is family photos. Questions such as photo's that are important to you, is there any family situations I should be aware off etc. This ensure's I know exactly what I am doing when it comes to family photo time. I strongly recommend doing this immediately after the service. The reason for this is really simple... everyone is there, looking fresh and smart, rather than wait to later in the day when it can be harder to round everyone up.
p.s also if you would like a photo of you holding your mum like a prize fish on your wedding day, that can be arranged :)
Thank you for reading and I hope this info was helpful!
Sean Gallagher // Wedding photographer, based in the North of Ireland.