Before It All Begins
Romance, Impression & Timeless
The engagement session can take place anytime before your wedding day and there are times it has even occurred a week before a wedding day. It’s best not to leave it that late, if you can organise it as far ahead as possible, this allows me to get the images back to you in a timely fashion. especially if you plan on using the images for your reception or as save the dates cards. If you need to see some inspiration head over to the Engagement Stories section.
Everything about your wedding day will be dictated by the sun, and nothing will swing the sun on the horizon more wildly than daylight savings. When daylight savings ends in April (for those lucky couples in NSW, Victoria & SA), the sun will set progressively earlier from 6PM, setting as early as 5PM in June.
Ceremony times should be adjusted to start between 2:30PM and 3:30PM to allow time for any formal family portraits and bridal party portraits.
During daylight savings, the sun will set from 7:30PM onwards, and things will generally be warmer in the Summer months. A later ceremony can alleviate this somewhat but may not be practical with reception timings.
The Lead Up
The week (or weeks) leading into your wedding should be as stress free as possible. Your last week shouldn’t be mad dash to get loose ends tied up or cause needless anxiety, it needs to be as stress free as possible. Ideally you want to feel like you’re on a holiday.
If there are many things that need to be done, delegate or hand them off to your friends and family. Don’t micromanage it, just be content with what eventuates.
Grab a drink and sit back!
Basic Wedding in a Nutshell
Here’s what a basic wedding timeline will resemble:
10:00AM to 11:00AM – Hair & Makeup begins. Starting with bridesmaids and mother of the bride
12:30PM to 1:30PM – Groom & groomsmen should start donning their suits, which should be untagged, unwrapped and ironed.
1:30PM to 3:30PM – Bride makeup should wrap up. Pre-dress photo op with bridesmaids. Then once bridal gown and accessories photos have completed, bride can begin dress preparations
4:00PM – Official Ceremony Start time
4:15PM to 4:45PM – Actual ceremony start time. This allows for any late running guests and any potential hiccups, such as traffic or a nerve settling break, that may delay the ceremony
4:45PM to 5:15PM – Post ceremony period. Hugs and kisses, the optional group photo and/or formal family portraits with immediate family, if time allows this can also include extended family & friends
5:15PM to 6:15PM – Bride & groom and bridal party to head off for photos
6:15PM to 6:30PM – [OPTIONAL] Reception setup photos prior to entry to guests, if time allows
6:30PM to 7:00PM – Entree
7:00PM to 7:20PM – [OPTIONAL] Sunset Photos during daylight savings months. Usually takes between 10-20 minutes.
7:30PM to 8:00PM – Mains
8:00PM to 8:30PM – Speeches
8:30PM to 9:00PM – Dessert + More Speeches
9:00PM to 9:30PM – Cake Cutting + Father/Daughter Dance + First Dance
10:00PM – [OPTIONAL] Bouquet Toss & Garter Toss
11:00PM – Bride & Groom Exit