Planning Key Wedding Photo Opportunities During Your Wedding Day

Photo Opportunities for Your Wedding Day


Work with Your Photographer to Create a Plan

Planning Key Wedding Photo Opportunities During Your Wedding Day

You have worked hard making your wedding vision come to life. Invitations are sent and you are receiving responses, the catering is set up, your wedding photographer is ready to go and the tent is rented for your outdoor ceremony and you ordered the cake. Now it’s time to look at how your actual wedding day will unfold. Here are some helpful wedding planning tips to help you make the most of your day! One of the biggest mistakes is not thinking through the details of the day and not allowing enough time for all the moments you want to include.

Here are some estimates on how long it takes to get ready, take pre-ceremony pictures, events in the ceremony, wedding photos after the ceremony and the reception.

Hair and Makeup

Bride: Allow two hours. Have your stylist put in and secure the veil if you are wearing one.

Bridesmaids: Allow 60 minutes per bridesmaid. This may take less time if multiple stylists are working with your bridesmaids at the same time.

Tips

Add in travel time if you have to go to a salon and come back to the ceremony location.

Hair and makeup always goes faster when done at the salon due to the convenience of the facility and setup.

brides_preceremony2.jpg   grooms_pre-ceremony2.jpg

First Look

Allow 30 minutes for your first look for the bride and groom only. The first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony and is increasingly common.  It gives couples a chance to connect privately beforehand, and gives your photographer some great pictures in a much more relaxed way.  You may want to extend the time to allow great bridal party shots.  Since most of your important wedding day pictures can be captured during this time, another advantage to The First Look is that you’ll be able to spend your cocktail hour with your guests.

first_look_photo.jpg

Pre-Ceremony Pictures

Groom and Groomsmen: 60 minutes before the ceremony.  The pre-ceremony images of the groom are often captured at the church, but any location of your choice can be used. Your wedding photographer will typically photograph the groom’s attire, images with groomsmen and family, pinning of boutonnieres, and other detail shots. If you have specific requests for the groom’s images, be sure to share them with your photographer.

Bride and Bridesmaid: 90 minutes before the ceremony.  Hair and make-up is completed or near completed when photography and videography begins. The photographer will typically spend 1/2 hour photographing details and candids. The remaining time is spent capturing attendants, family and planned images of the bride. Be sure to convey your comfort level with having someone in the room as you get ready to your wedding photographer. Together, you and the photographer should develop a list of images and special items you would like the photographer to capture during this time.

grooms_pre-ceremony0066_20130629_Hoard-Enhanced.jpg

 

   brides_preceremony.jpg

 

Ceremony

Service Length: 60 minutes. Your service length may vary depending on whether you are including any religious traditions, but allow time for seating of guests and their departure from the ceremony.  Ceremonies not at a church tend to average 30 minutes.

Family Pictures After the Ceremony: 30 minutes.  Many churches limit the amount of time you have to capture formal altar images. Because time must be used effectively, assigning a friend to help gather groupings is most helpful. Work with your photographer to develop a list of images that should be captured at the ceremony location and those that can be done at the wedding reception.

Romantics: 60-90 minutes.  The time between your ceremony and reception is the time that your wedding photographers artistic abilities can really shine. Whether you are interested in traditional, photojournalistic or artistic images, develop a plan for what images you would like to capture of you as a couple, with and without the bridal party. If you like images with an urban or natural background, you and your wedding photographer can discuss locations that match your creative vision. You should also discuss poses that you’ve seen in the past that appeal to you – and those that don’t too.  Remember to factor travel time and events around the locations you are visiting.

ceremonyphoto.jpg

afterwedding_ceremony_couple_photo.jpg

Reception

Ideal length: Plan on six hours. This may sound like a long time, but there are many moving pieces to fill that time and it will go by fast! This time includes the cocktail hour entrance of the bride and groom, bridal party entrance, cake cutting, dinner, toasts, first dance, and mingling and dancing with guests.

Everyone Get Dancing: Open up the dance floor, and get the music going!

Bouquet/ garter toss: You can do this as you feel comfortable, and if you aren’t doing it- not a big deal.

Late-night snacks: After all the dancing a snacks are always appreciated.

Farewell: Be sure to have an exit strategy or plan. It can be simple or elaborate. Sparklers, fireworks, or just climbing in a classic car.

wedding_reception_entrance.jpg

wedding_reception_toast2.jpg   

wedding_reception_father_daughter_dance.jpg

Use this wedding day timeline as a guideline to give you an idea of what you can incorporate into the ceremony, reception and time in between. There isn’t a right or wrong way of how your wedding day should go, but this is the typical order of events. Mike Staff Productions has years of experience and would love to help you coordinate the photographer, videographer and DJ to capture all the special moments.

Mike Staff Productions: Trust Our Reputation! Love Your Wedding.

Mike Staff Productions is a different kind of wedding DJ Company.  It was founded in 1986 by former 101.1 WRIF on-air personality, Mike Staff. Staff made sure the company was built on a foundation of quality, experience, and unsurpassed client satisfaction.

“I refuse to accept payment from a client who doesn’t feel as if we exceeded their expectations”, says Mike. “First and foremost, we take care of the client. Everything else will fall into place naturally”.

Why We’re Respected

  • We offer award-winning DJs, Photographers and Videography services.
  • Mike Staff Productions is referred by dozens of wedding venues, wedding professionals and most of all, thousands of past clients.
  • Our “Money Back Guarantee” is unprecedented in the industry, proving that there is no substitute for quality and integrity.

 

Ready to bring your wedding to life? Mike Staff Productions is here to help with any of your wedding planning questions! Feel free to give us a call (877.689.0777) or email us at greatservice@mikestaff.com

 

love your wedding

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Spotify and Vimeo

Love Our Latest Reviews

Review Stars5 out of 5 stars

When I first walked into the office I was immediately greeted and felt important. My initial appointment was with Kurt and what was supposed to be 45 minutes turned into almost 2 hours...
Read Full Review

Review Stars5 out of 5 stars

From the time we walked in to the office to the followups by the team, we always felt 100% at ease with Mike Staff and the services we'd receive. The week before the wedding, as promised...
Read Full Review

Review Stars5 out of 5 stars

My husband and I had heard of MikeStaff Productions through our wedding planner. We had looked at their website, watched their DJ videos...
Read Full Review

Review Stars5 out of 5 stars

I originally checked out Mike Staff (DJ Services) because of all the good reviews I saw on The Knot & WeddingWire. I am glad that I can now, too, write a 5-star review for Mike Staff Productions....
Read Full Review

Review Stars5 out of 5 stars

Our main concerns in planning our wedding and deciding on vendors revolved around having a phenomenal DJ and great pictures. We got both! Our DJ, Jon Ray, kept the party going ...
Read Full Review

Review Stars5 out of 5 stars

Mike Staff was the best to work with! We were able to view videos of the DJ's available for our wedding, which was really helpful before making our decision....
Read Full Review

Do You Want A Remarkable Wedding Experience? Let's Talk.

About You

How We Can Help

A Few More things

10% of our profits are used to change the world.

A foundational value at Mike Staff Productions is to "Serve Others Well". Check out how we SHARE THE LOVE locally, and around the world.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.