Time Management on Your Wedding Day | Hays Kansas Wedding Photographer

May 05, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

Kelsey Stremel offers fresh, modern fine art photography including wedding and event coverage, lifestyle family portraits, senior portraits, maternity, newborn, commercial and landscape photography. Stremel Photography - Hays Kansas premier wedding and portrait photographer Kelsey Stremel offers modern fresh wedding day coverage, family photography, senior portraits, baby and maternity photography and commercial photography; serving Hays, Ellis, Victoria, Russell, LaCrosse, Plainville, Great Bend, Dodge City, Stockton and Western Kansas.

Thursday’s Tip today is all about time management. Specifically, leaving yourself enough time on your wedding day. You have enough stress to deal with on your wedding day without feeling the pressure of running late. So, I think it’s best to plan accordingly and leave yourself a little extra time. Here are a few tips for managing your wedding day schedule. 

1) Try to schedule your appointment for hair and makeup 30 minutes before you think you should. If you ceremony is at 2:30 or 3:00 it isn’t unusual for hair styling appointments to start at 8:00 am. Leave yourself a little cushion in case your appointment runs late. You may need the extra time for your stylist to tweak your style or add extra bobby pins and hairspray. If you do finish on time you will have a few extra minutes to enjoy a morning mimosa or latte with your bridesmaids and wedding party!

2) Make sure you schedule 20-45 minutes for getting dressed. The time when you put on your gown for your wedding day is important, and take my word for it, it’s an emotional time! Some of my favorite pictures from weddings past, are of brides getting dressed. Make sure you set aside enough time for it. Time for your bridesmaids to help you into your gown and for the laces or buttons to be tied or fastened. Also, time to take a step back and take in how beautiful you are in your gown and give your mom or friends helping you get ready a hug.

3) Set aside enough time for pictures. Depending on the size of your wedding party and families, formal pictures can last up to 2 hours. There usually must be enough time to take portraits of the bride and groom, groomsmen, bridesmaids, flower girls, junior bride/groom, ushers, candle lighters, parents, grandparents, godparents or sponsors and any other important members of your wedding day. It is important that you schedule enough time for your photographer to take all of the formal portraits you want. After all, it’s no small feat to get a large group all looking the same way at the same time for family pictures. Talk to your photographer about their usual wedding day schedule and how much time they recommend for your specific wedding party.

4) Remember to take your time. When you step out of the car arriving at the church, pause and look up. Take your time sauntering down the aisle, you look gorgeous and should enjoy your moment in the spotlight. Enjoy your first kiss and hold it for a second. Take an extra second or two to snuggle close with with your new husband or wife at the reception. These little moments can make for dramatic and beautiful images, but if you are rushing through your day they are difficult to capture.

5)  Schedule some time for some beautiful creative portraits of the bride, groom and wedding party. Most couples choose to do this between the ceremony and reception or during a break at the reception. Your photographer needs a little bit of time to create awe inspiring wedding portraits. Leave yourself no less then 20-30 minutes for these portraits (as a photographer I would rather have up to an hour if have the time for it.)

I hope these tips provide a little wedding planning help. Thursday Tips is part of a weekly series that many other fabulous wedding professionals participate in as well. If you enjoyed todays Thursday Tips you may want to check out these others as well. Lauren from Every Last Detail shared tips on why every wedding needs details! Bow Ties & Bliss has an inspired post about fun & creative wedding photography and Catie of Catie Ronquillo Photography has a beautiful post about how to let your personality shine through and pictures from her own wedding. Elizabeth and Jenna from Little Bit Heart have an excellent share today about hand cancelling your stationary. Colleen at Sound Track to I Do has a great blog post about how to find budget friendly vendors.

Picture of a bride putting on her gown and her mother helping fasten her buttons

Kelsey Stremel is a modern fine art Wedding and Portrait Photographer from Hays Kansas. She is quickly becoming one of the premier photographers in western kansas. You can read the original blog post here Time Management on Your Wedding Day | Hays Kansas Wedding Photographer


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