Why Giving Your Wedding Photographer Ample Time Is Important

Giving your Dayton or Cincinnati wedding photographer ample time on your wedding day is very important to getting high quality wedding images.  Wedding photography will be one of the few wedding day items that you will have forever after your wedding.  Rushing the photographer or giving the photographer very little time will severely limit the number, quality and creativity of your Dayton wedding photography photos.  Below I will lay out a planned scenario, an adjusted/rushed scenario and an ideal scenario.  No matter who you choose for your Dayton wedding photography needs, please consider giving your photographer plenty of time to create timeless images of your wedding day.  Each scenario assumes a 30 minute church ceremony, separate site reception and bride and groom not seeing each other.

More often then not, the photographer is the only one to get squeezed for time.  Bridal parties who are running late will not force a late ceremony and want to get to the reception at their predetermined time.  The drive time between ceremony and reception cannot be reduced either. This leaves only the photographer's limited time to obtain what can potentially be 100 or more images of the bridal part, bride and groom, families on both sides and any other combination that can be imagined.

Rushing the photographer means that a photographer who anticipated having 50 minutes or more to produce beautiful and unique photos may now only have 20 minutes to complete the task.  Good photographers like Kevin Lush Photography can work quickly, but giving more time will guarantee more beautiful and better images. Tips for a smooth wedding day are below.

How The Bride And Groom Can Ensure A Smooth And Efficient Wedding Day

  • Have a schedule and stick to it
  • Alert notoriously-late people that they are needed 30-60 minutes prior to when they are actually needed
  • Have a non bridal party member assigned to move all wedding materials between ceremony start and the reception (bridal bags, makeup, snacks, etc.)
  • Anyone, including grandparents, who will be in the formal photos will need to be in the ceremony location at the appropriate time and will need to remain there - people who wander off are the number one time wasting problem at weddings
  • Have a plan with the DJ before the wedding so that he/she has the grand entrance order and pronunciations ready when you arrive at the reception

Planned Wedding Day Timeline (6 hour package)

  • 2:30pm-3:00pm: Photographer arrives and photographs bride and groom getting ready
  • 3:00pm-3:15pm: Groom with groomsmen photographs in/around church
  • 3:15pm-3:30pm: Bride with bridesmaids photographs in/around church
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm: Last minute touch ups, prayer, drinks, etc. (in hiding)
  • 4:00pm-4:30pm: Wedding ceremony
  • 4:30pm-4:40pm: Receiving line/dismissal
  • 4:40pm-5:30pm: Bridal party, family and bride/groom photographs in/around church
  • 5:30pm-6:00pm: Post-wedding cleanup and drive to reception
  • 6:15pm-6:30pm: Bridal party arrives and grand introduction
  • 6:30pm-7:00pm: Toasts/cake cutting/prayer/first dance
  • 7:00pm-7:45pm: Dinner and bride/groom greeting guests when bride/groom finish eating
  • 7:45pm-8:00pm: Special dances (mother/son, father/daughter/anniversary dance)
  • 8:00pm-8:30pm: Open dancing
  • 8:30pm: Photographer leaves

Adjusted/Rushed Wedding Day Timeline (6 hour package)

  • 2:30pm-3:30pm: Photographer arrives and photographs bride and groom getting ready but bride and groom are running behind
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm: Last minute touch ups, prayer, drinks, etc. (in hiding)
  • 4:00pm-4:30pm: Wedding ceremony
  • 4:30pm-4:40pm: Receiving line/dismissal
  • 4:40pm-5:00pm: Bridal party, family and bride/groom photographs in/around church but want to be out of church by 5pm
  • 5:30pm-6:00pm: Post-wedding cleanup and drive to reception
  • 6:00pm-6:30pm: Bridal party arrives, freshens up and grand introduction
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm: Dinner and bride/groom and no greeting takes place
  • 7:30pm-8:00pm: Toasts/cake cutting/prayer/first dance
  • 8:00pm-8:30pm: Special dances (mother/son, father/daughter/anniversary dance)
  • 8:30pm: Photographer leaves

Ideal Wedding Day Timeline (8 hour package)

  • 2:00pm-3:00pm: Photographer arrives and photographs bride and groom getting ready
  • 3:00pm-3:15pm: Groom with groomsmen photographs in/around church
  • 3:15pm-3:30pm: Bride with bridesmaids photographs in/around church
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm: Last minute touch ups, prayer, drinks, etc. (in hiding)
  • 4:00pm-4:30pm: Wedding ceremony
  • 4:30pm-4:40pm: Receiving line/dismissal
  • 4:40pm-5:30pm: Bridal party, family and bride/groom photographs in/around church
  • 5:30pm-6:00pm: Post-wedding cleanup and drive to reception
  • 6:00pm-6:15pm: Bridal party arrives, freshens up and photographs in/around reception location
  • 6:15pm-6:30pm: Grand introduction
  • 6:30pm-7:00pm: Toasts/cake cutting/prayer/first dance
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm: Dinner and bride/groom greeting guests when bride/groom finish eating
  • 8:00pm-8:45pm: Special dances (mother/son, father/daughter/anniversary dance)
  • 8:45pm-10:00pm: Open dancing
  • 10:00pm: Photographer leaves

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