Having trouble planning the wedding?
We are here to help your day go as smoothly as possible so here are some timing of the day tips we often suggest
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FIRST LOOK WITH YOUR SOON TO BE HUSBAND/WIFE
First if you do not know what a first look is let us lay it out for you. A first look is when the couple gets to see each other before the ceremony, this may be to calm the nerves, this may be to get some photos taken before the ceremony, or this may be an intimate moment for the couple. Whatever the reason, for those of you on the fence about doing one, directly from our past couples...
With First looks we typically suggest two and a half to three hours before your ceremony. The reason for that is we like to take care of your first look as well as all your bridal party photos before guests start arriving! So depending on the location some guests will show as early as an hour prior to your ceremony, and so that is why we do the first look when we do it, so that we can get you back inside or in hiding before guests start to arrive!
FIRST LOOK WITH DAD
This very special moment typically between the bride and her father can be planned just before walking down the aisle of leaving the hotel. It is a quick moment typically that doesn't take much time to do, but is a very special time for dad seeing his little girl all grown up!
A sand ceremony typically is a unifying of backgrounds and of two people becoming one. We have also seen it done with water, wine, beer, and even skittles!! So you can evolve this tradition any way you would like, it still signifies the importance of becoming one!
HAVE A RECEIVING LINE
Please keep in mind the time you have after your ceremony, on average a receiving line can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes depending on the amount of guests you invite!
PARTAKE IN YOUR COCKTAIL HOUR
If you are interested in being at most of your cocktail hour we encourage you to either partake in a First look or plan to have a time break between your cocktail hour and your ceremony. More so applicable to weddings where there is an offsite ceremony like a church and a different reception venue. If all at the same place your guests will be frustrated to leave so you might want to have an extended cocktail hour.
GET SUNSET PHOTOS
If sunset photos are important to you keep in mind the time of your formalities of your reception or when planning your ceremony time. You want to start images for sunset about 20 minutes prior to the time the sun hits the horizon at your location. You can ask us for these details as we have software that will tell us what is ideal!
HAVE A SPARKLER SEND OFF
If you are looking to have that picturesque sparkler send off at the end of your reception refer to our page on sparklers. Find out what we recommend and even where to buy them! Learn More...
"It didn't change the way i felt about seeing her for the first time down the aisle, the first look was special to us, and the first time seeing her down the aisle was a "wow this is really happening" kind of moment!