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Focus on ~ Hair & Make Up

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Planning Your Wedding Day Schedule

An insightful guest post from Sarah at Little Car Photography (who is also one of our awesome directory vendors) who shares her extensive experience as one of Adelaide’s leading wedding photographers on how to schedule your wedding day.  Wedding photographers typically spend the whole day with couples so they see it all if you know what I mean!  Over to Sarah with her awesome tips….!

Planning a wedding can be a very daunting thing, and often people have no idea where to start with planning let alone scheduling their day. Every single wedding is unique and every single wedding day will run slightly differently. That is more than ok! Your day is yours, and it can be anything you want it to be. To help you make the most out of your day, I’ve put together these scheduling tips that I’ve collected after shooting more than 100 weddings. I hope this helps you when planning your special day!

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Plan for things to run late

Most weddings will fall behind schedule at some point during the day, with not all of them catching up again. The biggest culprits are makeup, congratulations, speeches and food, these are the most underestimated in the time it can take to get things done right. Anything can run late on a wedding day, so I always recommend keeping your schedule a little bit relaxed. You can aim to have things happen at a certain time, but make sure you plan to have a little leeway just in case. So there’s no need to stress on your wedding day if makeup takes longer than expected or entree comes out 30 minutes late. Things you can do to reduce the stress of running late are:

  • Shoot bride preparation photos after groom preparation photos, guys generally don’t have make-up done or big difficult dresses to put on, so there is less chance they will be running behind schedule.
  • Consider giving yourself an extra 30 minutes between the end of your ceremony and the official start of the reception (this can be filled with extra pre-dinner nibbles and drinks). At the very worst, you’ll run on time and have more time to spend socialising with your guests.
  • Don’t schedule your photography to finish 10 minutes after your first dance or speeches. I recommend having 30 minutes leeway again, so you don’t have to stress if things fall behind a little bit.
  • Ask your MC to not just make announcements but to keep on top of your schedule. Give them permission to ask the band or photographer etc to stay late if needed (at their pre-determined costs) up to a pre-discussed amount of time if your budget will allow it. If things are falling behind, you can ask them to help get things back on track too.

 

Spend time with your photographer just before sunset

As a photographer, I can tell you my favourite time of day to get absolutely stunning photos is the hour before sunset. In winter, the sun can set at 5:30pm or earlier! Which means you could plan to finish your wedding portraits at 5:30pm or 6pm, just in time for a gorgeous sunset and getting the party started with your guests. However in Summer, the sun can set at 8:30pm or later. In this case I recommend putting aside 20 minutes of your reception time to sneak away and capture some stunning sunset photos as your guests party on. (This can also be a great way to break up what might otherwise be a long photo session).

Plan for your guests

I think that formal family photos and bridal portraits are super important, but I also understand that you want to spend time with your guests and you don’t want them waiting around with nothing to do while you sneak away to have some beautiful portraits taken. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your guests never get bored, and you get to spend some quality time with them:

  • If you want to have a group photo, ask your celebrant to make an announcement after the formalities that a group photo will be taking place directly following congratulations and to please not go anywhere.
  • If you’re not having a group photo, it can still be beneficial to ask your celebrant to make an announcement that immediate family should please stay close by as we’ll be taking family photos directly following the congratulations.
  • Pre dinner drinks, canapés and even lawn games are a great way to keep your guests entertained while you have your family & bridal party portraits done. Having these in a separate area to your ceremony can keep things moving smoothly, as any guests not required for photos can move on leaving family members undistracted for their photos.
  • Have a plan for your bridal party and couple portraits. You can ask your photographer to visit your venue/s with you to figure out the best timings for locations and how to keep things short and sweet if you’re eager to get straight into the party yourself.
  • If you want to keep times as short as possible between the ceremony and you joining your guests for the party (and don’t mind going against tradition) you could consider having your bridal party and couple portraits before the ceremony.

Plan around the light

If you are able to, I recommend asking your photographer to help you plan your wedding around the best possible lighting for you and your guests. I include a visit to the venue with every package, not just to find the best spots for portraits, but also to give feedback on the light and the best positions to take advantage of this. If you’ve booked with me and want to lock in a time to visit your venue and get some help with your schedule please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’m more than happy to help. xx

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Inviting Children to Your Wedding

Children or no children that’s the question! Your decision not to invite them should you choose not to can create untold issues with family and guests divided in their opinions.  We’ve all been at weddings where a child has cried throughout a ceremony and or reception which can put a bit of a spoiler on your day. Whilst some guests may welcome an opportunity for a child free day, others would prefer to celebrate your wedding day with their children particularly if they are family. It’s never going to be a win, win scenario.

Whatever you decide, it’s how you handle it that makes a difference.

Etiquette professional Alana Lenart from Etiquette for Success give her views on how to handle this frequently discussed wedding dilemma.

Yes or No?

Whether to invite children or not to your wedding is a tough decision. When I’m asked by couples if they have to invite children I tell them no, you don’t have to. What you do need to do is give the decision some thought and factor in who is going to be affected by it.

So I breakdown the children at weddings situation into three categories. Absolutely no children, children in the bridal party are invited and children welcome, it’s a family affair!

No Children…..

If you and your partner don’t want children at your wedding then that’s ok. Begin by addressing the invitations to the adults only and be prepared that guests may then subsequently ask you if they can bring their children.

When this happens, make sure that you and your partner are on the same page with your answer and stick to it. If members of your bridal party have children, communicate that it is a child free wedding prior to asking them to be in your bridal party. This gives them notice to arrange for someone to look after them and for them to accept this invitation. Understand though that they may be disappointed so this situation requires thoughtful discretion. I do know of bridesmaids that have pulled out of their duties because their children weren’t invited.

Just The Bridal Party

If you decide that children in the bridal party are invited then this is reasonable and by no means hypocritical. My husband and I had our nieces as flower girls and their baby brother attended with his parents but no other children were invited. Handle it like the absolutely no children situation. If you are asked on the day why some children are allowed, say that it is because they are a part of the bridal party.

Children Welcome

Children welcome, it’s a family affair!- if you’re happy to have children at your wedding then that’s great but try and ensure that their needs are catered for. Ask your caterer to have a children’s menu and have a range of drinks for them being mindful that only having sugary soft drink may lead to disaster!

Maybe also organise for the children’s meals to be served first. The majority of younger children eat quite early so expecting them to wait until the main course is served may create some cranky kids behaviour.

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Another tip is to arrange for them to be seated at a kids table although you’ll need to give the table decorations some thought. Absolutely no candles for obvious reasons.

If a kids table isn’t possible ask a friend or family member to set up a kids zone prior to the reception starting. Some activities to consider are board games for older kids, colouring books and pencils (avoid permanent markers!), maybe even an iPad with age appropriate programs or films. You may even want to hire a babysitter for a few hours to keep them entertained while the dinner is being served and speeches are happening.

One other thing to remember is that if you are inviting children don’t expect that they will sit quietly for hours on end no matter how much entertainment is available. They are kids afterall and they will get excited about being apart of your special day.

What I wouldn’t recommend doing is inviting some children and not others. This will more than likely lead to problems on the day and you don’t want to deal with that. Some guests may ask you directly if they can bring their children and the best way to handle this is quickly and politely, in-person or by phone. For example, “Dave I understand that you would like to bring the kids however we are only inviting adults. We are lookingforward to celebrating with you and Sally on the day.”  If your numbers are genuinely limited then by all means say that. Children may only be little but they add to your overall number.

If you have a specific etiquette question or need help with a wedding planning dilemma please get in touch. You can find me on Facebook and Instagram.

The Secret to Successful Wedding Planning

Let etiquette professional Alana Lenart from Etiquette for Success  guide you through how to avoid the stress of dealing with multiple vendors in the lead up to your big day. The good news is that managing it all doesn’t mean you have to morph into a Bridezilla so take a deep breath and read on!

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