Here are some ways you can be sure you'll stay on track!
1. TIMELINE. TIMELINE. TIMELINE.
I create a custom timeline for ALL of my couples. It's crucial for me to have a timeline of your day. It keeps me on track and helps me keep you on time. If you don't have a coordinator, a lot of things fall on your photographer. Make sure they have a REALISTIC timeline well before the wedding day.
Even better? Have them help you create one! I like to create timelines for my couple because I know what is and what isn't realistic when it comes to photos and how long things will take. We are able to set reasonable expectations. That way the couple knows what to expect from me, and I from them!
2. Buffer Time
Add it into your timeline! I always give my couples 30 minutes before the ceremony starts to just relax. Guests are arriving, things are starting to get underway and you don't want to be caught doing photos while Uncle Bob and Aunt Sue are walking into your ceremony. This also gives me a chance to regroup before the ceremony, photograph the ceremony space and sometimes even get the reception room shots done!
*Another great spot for buffer time is hair and makeup. I love my H+MU gals, but this part of the day tends to run over the intended time. This is the very beginning of your day - you don't want to START your day BEHIND schedule. #stressful