HOW TO PLAN THE MOST AMAZING DAY, EVER!
These past eight years of photographing weddings I've been honored to capture hundreds of beautiful brides - in that time I've really gained appreciation for all the details brides consider. Planning my own wedding for next August - I see now how stressful it can be. In this time I've compiled do's and don'ts and things to consider... not just with photography.
Location suggestions inside:
Old Post Office ($50 an hour inside) Free on steps, next to small mixed park.
Old Court house (Free)
Central Library (Free - requires permit, no flash allowed, very strict)
The Fox - $250 for 2 hours
Blues fan? Scottrade - $250 for 20 minutes
http://www.citystudiostl.com - indoor studio space for rent downtown $60 an hour (2 hour minimum) has kitchen and restroom.
Your hotel lobby, just call and confirm before. NOTE: If your wedding is downtown - we suggest staying at the Marriott (formally known as the Renaissance hotel) They have a Crystal Ballroom that is killer!
Wedding Day Timeline Example for October 2015 wedding:
Rehearsal Date & Time: __________________
11am Cake arrives at venue, wedding coordinator arrives and sets up all details, venue sets tables12pm Wedding Planner finishes up centerpieces, guestbook; Photographer takes details
1:00pm 1st photographer arrives to capture bride getting ready (Hair and Makeup) Bride's details, robe pictures with bridesmaids, Flowers arrive at hotel
2:00pm Wedding Party gets dressed
2:15pm Bride gets dressed, second photographer arrives to capture guys getting ready
2:30pm Bridal Portraits with photographer
3:00pm Ushers seats guests & First look (Consider a first look - a peaceful moment you two can share with yours truely. :) Capture the first time you see one another before you walk down the aisle.)
3:25pm Ushers stop seating guests
3:30pm Family proceed down the aisleOfficiant, and Groom will take their placeProcessional music begins; Bride enters
3:30pm - 4:00pm CeremonyRecessional music begins
4:00pm - 4:30pm Guests move to cocktail hour; Photography with Family
4:30pm - 6:30pm Wedding Party photographs.
6pm DJ arrives to setup
7pm Wedding Party Announced
7:15pm Cutting of the cake
7:15pm - 8pm Dinner (speeches welcome during this time)
8pm - 8:30pm First dance as man and wife, Father-daughter dance, Mother-son dance
8:30pm - 8:45pm Garter and Bouquet Toss
9pm Dance floor opens up, candids
10pm Photography coverage ends
12:00 AM Reception Over
Ask yourself what formal family photographs do you want taken after your ceremony?
Family photograph suggestions:
Bride & Groom with Bride’s family (know EXACTLY who you want in this family photo)
Bride & Groom with Groom’s family (know EXACTLY who you want in this family photo)
Groom with Bride’s Grandparents
Bride & Groom with Grooms’ Grandparents
Bride & Groom with both sets of parents
Bride & Groom with Bride’s Parents
Bride & Groom with Grooms’ Parents Bride
Bride & Mother
Bride & Father
Bride & Parents
Groom & Mother
Groom & Father
Groom & Parents
Bride & flower girl(s)
Groom & ring bearer(s)
Bride & Groom with flower girl(s) & ring bearer(s) Bride & Groom with entire bridal party
Bride & Groomsmen & Ushers
Groom & Groomsmen & Ushers
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I hope you enjoyed this article. Please note: these are just tips! Please plan your wedding to fit your needs - shoot us over an email with any questions: email@example.com