The Top 3 Ways to Schedule the Morning of your Wedding Day
How to Maximise your Time with your Wedding Photographer?
How to capture both the Bride and the Groom on the morning of your wedding day?
Morning Schedule Wedding Day
I really wanted to share my experience when it comes to the best ways to schedule the morning of your wedding day when you have one photographer. It’s important to get some photographs with the Groom as well as the Bride on the morning of your wedding day and I have lots of experience as to how you can make this work.
I shoot weddings for my Brides and Grooms alone and I know that you will not be disappointed that you only had one photographer. Believe me, having two photographers does not automatically mean more photographs or better photographs.
This is something that I get asked about a lot, so I have written a separate blog post to explain why I think one professional photographer is ENOUGH!!!
Click here to have a read through:
Top 3 Ways to Schedule Your Wedding Photographer:
I shoot weddings on my own and I have three ways to capture both the Bride and the Groom on the morning of your wedding day.
1. To the Groom!
The first option is that I go to the Groom’s house first. – but if distance is longer than 10-15 minutes its not ideal as then I will have less time in Bride’s House.
Then I go to the Bride’s house. I need to be at the Bride’s house at around 10/11am.
In order to make this schedule work, the Groom MUST be ready for photographs by 10am at the latest. (Ideally before 10am) Yes! It’s early (which is why it is not always an option ) But if the Groom can pretend to put his suit on in the morning it can work. Remember, the option is there for him to take it off after I leave his house
2. Ladies First
If the distance between the houses is NOT longer than 10minutes I can start at the Bride’s house at 10 am and then travel to the Groom’s house at around 12 pm. I will then come back to the Bride’s house for the final touches. I then leave the Bride’s house and I’m in the Church/Hotel 30minutes before the Mass/ceremony where I meet the Groom and the Groomsmen and Priest – it’s very important for me to see Priest before Mass!
If the distance is more than 10minutes I do not recommend to travel between the houses. My reason for this is very simple – I’ll be sitting in my car for 30-40minutes and I am not taking photos while I am travelling. The morning is very short and I can miss a lot of moments in the Bride’s house if I am travelling. In this scenario, I think it is far more beneficial to have more time with the Bride.
TIP: If the ceremony is at 12 am – ( for example Winter weddings )- I would recommend meeting Groom and Groomsman only at the Church or Venue 30 minutes before the ceremony – please see below, as morning is very short.
3. Together Forever!
If both the Bride and Groom are staying in the Hotel, it’s just perfect as I can shoot both of you separately and I will not have to worry about missing anything. There is no travel time between you and it is so easy to float between the rooms while keeping you apart. You have the best of both worlds.
AND NOW THE MOST POPULAR OPTION:
The majority of my Brides and Grooms get ready in separate locations so from my experience I recommend the following option to create a lot of special photographs:
I start at the Bride’s house at 10 am where I capture the Bride getting ready. It’s very important to follow a few simple rules to make the getting ready part of the morning easy and fun to photograph.
I have often heard the make-up artists wanting to leave the bride until last so that makeup is the freshest.
Please don’t agree to do this. It’s best to have your makeup and hair done before one or two of the Bridesmaids – if there are more than 2 or 3 Bridesmaids
You don’t want all Your morning photos without any makeup….
I then leave the Bride’s house and I’m in the Church/Hotel 30minutes before the Mass/ceremony where I meet the Groom and the Groomsmen. Then I will have photos with the Groom greeting guests, his family arriving and I always take a few nice moments with the Groom relaxing with his Groomsmen.
Photos from an amazing day at Ballymagarvey Village
I have lots of tips and advice for a stress-free wedding day here:
Scheduling Your Videographer
If you have a Videographer, I advise you to request that he or she will leave your house with enough time to get to the ceremony at least 30minutes before it is due to start. This allows time to set up cameras and sound so that all the equipment has been tested and is working perfectly.
The 30min before the ceremony rule, works for both me as the photographer and for the videographer, for a stress-free ceremony.
I hope that these top three ideas help you to figure out the best way to schedule your time with your photographer on the morning of your wedding.
Happy planning and I hope to hear from you soon :)