In past blog posts we have stressed the importance of a wedding day timeline. A timeline outlines your big day, let’s vendors know when important things are going to happen like your grand entrance and first dance, and ensures that the day is organized and flows smoothly. As we’ve mentioned before, creating a timeline that works for your day is a joint effort between you and each of your vendors. While you will determine the order of events and the time you want certain things to happen, the duration that say your post ceremony pictures last is determined by your photographer. And, it’s important to trust the timeline they have set forth.
The pros you have hired do this everyday. They know their work flow. They know how long it’s realistically going to take to execute your vision. Limiting that in anyway could affect the quality of service and product you receive from that vendor. Additionally, setting your own time constraints that don’t match with the vendors could push your entire day off schedule and add unneeded stress. With all of that being said, we understand that sometimes you face time constraints that you can’t control (example: venue rental times, sound ordinances, etc). So what do you do when the time your vendors need to provide you with the best service and product they can doesn’t match up with the amount of time you have to do it all?
First, explain the situation to your vendors. Let them know the constraints you face and allow the vendor to provide suggestions that will work for them and you. Second, aim for compromise. For example, if you have always dreamed of everyone sitting down and dining together on your wedding day but time doesn’t allow for a full sit down dinner plus ample dance time, compromise. Host a heavy hors d’oeuvres/action station dinner where guests can graze the whole night. Start the music and dancing as soon as the reception begins allowing time for both dinner and dancing. Or, have a beautiful dinner, light dancing and mingling, and then invite guests to join you at a local bar or restaurant to continue the party.
Remember, in the end, it’s all going to work out. It may feel like you don’t have enough time, but trust me you do. Talk to your vendors and if you’re still stressed after that, send us an email and we’ll help you figure it out!