Updated: Jul 4, 2020
Every wedding needs a schedule for the day!
Wedding day planning is an important part of having a wonderful, stress-free day. This doesn't mean that you have to schedule every moment of the day, but there are a few things that can really help when planning!
“Plan some time into your day to have even just 5-10 minutes with your spouse, uninterrupted and alone, after the ceremony is over.”
1) Ask a relative to be your day-of coordinator.
A day-of coordinator can make a major difference in how smoothly your wedding day goes. Consider asking a close relative that doesn't already have a direct role in the wedding to act as your MC.
2) Have a photo list!
This list should include all combinations of family members that you will want to get pictures with. If you have an MC, ask them to handle the organizing of people for photos. This part of the day can either go super smoothly, or it can be one of the longest, most diffult parts of the day. Having the list ensures you'll get all of the photos you want, keeps everything moving, and keeps everyone organized!
3) Plan some time for you and your new spouse to spend some time together after the ceremony.
One thing that happens often at weddings is- surprise- rushing! Couples always want to keep things moving after the ceremony so they can spend time with their guests and not keep people waiting for dinner. While this is very considerate, you also just got married! Plan some time into your day to have even just 5-10 minutes with your spouse, uninterrupted and alone, after the ceremony is over. Just giving yourselves a few minutes to decompress and enjoy being married to your best friend is important. You won't regret it, and your guests won't begrudge you a monet to take it all in.
It sounds obvious, but I have defintiely done weddings without any idea of the schedule for the day. It is so important to communicate your schedule to all of the major vendors. In fact, I am often able to help create a day-of schedule for my couples because I have done so many weddings. But regardless of whether I have helped create a schedule or not, sharing the plan with your vendors is important. A really easy way to do this is to create a Google doc and just share it with your vendors prior to the wedding. That way, you don't need to remember to email it to each of the vendors any time you make changes.
Regardless of how you schedule your wedding day, remember this: it is YOUR wedding! Do things the way you will be happiest. And don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. As a photographer, I offer free scheduling help for couples. Things like that are often available to clients through their vendors, so double check contracts and ask for assistance if you need it! But most importantly, enjoy your big day.♥