You’ve heard the stories of late nights and all-too-early mornings. You’ve sworn up and down that you’ll sleep in if its the last thing you do, but how do you avoid the all-too-common pitfalls that guarantee the alarm to buzz too early on the Wedding Day? Rest easy, brides! Here’s the details on four exhausting circumstances from morning ceremonies to alternate photo locations, and what will help you hit the snooze button a little longer.
1. The Early Morning Ceremony
The single most common element of the day that will guarantee you rise before the sun? A morning ceremony. Just like its afternoon counterparts, an early wedding will often contain hair and makeup, dressing, first look and picture-taking before the ceremony begins. The difference is, the ceremony will begin around 10:00AM!
Fred+Kate couple Elise and Andy enjoyed a 10:30AM ceremony followed by a brunch reception.
Photo Credit: Christina Heaston Photography
When Elise and Andy celebrated their wedding at Tiki’s Grill and Bar, they took all formal pictures before the ceremony to create more time with their guests. After adding together a first look, portraits together, wedding party pictures and pictures with immediate family members on top of getting ready, Elise found her hair and makeup call time at 4:45AM! #eek
If this up-and-at-’em hour just isn’t for you, never fear. Control your start time for morning weddings with this tried and true tip: Take the majority of pictures after the ceremony, during the cocktail period. You can further streamline this by creating a must-have photo list in order to cut downtime out of your photo sesh.
2. The First Look
We could list pros of having a First Look for days (Less photo taking time, letting you mingle with your guests, keeping the timeline of the day less rushed…) but one steep downside of the First Look is the one to three hours it can add onto the start of your day!
Fred+Kate couple Amanda and Brandon see each other for the first time before the ceremony.
Photo Credit: John Hook Photography
It may not seem like too big a deal at first glance, but consider how you’ll feel later when your poor eyelids are drooping and your guests are BEGGING you to do the electric slide with them! To combat bone-tired blues and create staying power at your party, try to balance by maximizing the time you have rather than adding on heaps more.
Amanda and Brandon are a great example of how to keep your timing balanced. Their number one timeline tip: Keep picture-taking before the ceremony as a time for the wedding party and JUST the Bride and Groom. Immediate Family pictures can be taken during cocktails with time to spare!
3. Large Bridal Party
There’s nothing better than being surrounded by your best friends for your trip down the aisle...but waiting in line for hair and makeup definitely leaves something to be desired.
Fred+Kate Bride Sarah chose six of her closest friends to attend to her on the wedding day.
Photo Credit: Kai Photo
Most hair and makeup stylists will request 45 minutes to 1 hour to style your blushing bridesmaids so if you have more than a couple ladies your stylist will need a few more hours to make sure everyone is ready! Don’t believe us? Even with a team of three speedy stylists, Sarah’s seven-person bridal party took a whopping five hours to apply hair and makeup!
Thankfully, there’s always a way to get around this if you can’t make it without all of your girls. Consider hiring two separate hair and makeup teams to tackle the job.You and your Maid of Honor can be curled and coiffed by your stylist while your remaining bridal party is polished to perfection by another team. Voila! Everyone ready in half the time.
4. Another Photo Location
We totally get it. You got an eyeful of a beach park or a garden paradise somewhere and just KNEW you had to have perfect portraits in that location. New backgrounds can add unique dimension to your wedding photo album or video, but they can also add hours onto your timeline AND a strain on your wallet!
Fred+Kate couple Becca and Reid headed to the East-West Center for a photo session.
Photo Credit: Perfekt Photo
Say it with us...travel time. Travel time is a cushion that your photographers and coordinators will use to make sure that you’re able to get where you need to go while accounting for things like traffic or closures. (We DO live in Hawaii, after all.) It’s a fool-proof plan that will keep you on track, but it’s also dead time. When Becca and Reid opted to add a location, it added an hour and a half to their photo-taking time - just for travel!
So how do you add another photo location into the fold without adding hours to your day? Easy. Strategize by selecting another photo location near your venue to cut down travel time, and opt for pictures of just the two of you rather than the entire wedding party or family.
So brides, are you feeling rested, relaxed and ready for beauty sleep? We hope so! To keep your timeline on point between pro stylists and skilled photographers, check out our list of all-star vendors HERE
. As always... Happy planning!