What Happens When the Timeline Isn’t Followed?- Wedding Planning Tips

Brace yourselves, your wedding day will get messed up.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but as much and as perfectly as you plan your day, it won’t go like you want it to. I’m not kidding when I say I’ve never photographed a wedding where the timeline was followed flawlessly.

So now that you know WHAT will happen, the next step is to figure out what you’ll do WHEN it happens.

First of all, don’t freak out. Most often, the timeline starts falling behind at the beginning of the day. Hair or makeup takes an hour longer than you thought it would. Or the limo never showed up. Or the florist forgot to bring pins for the boutonnieres and everyone is scrambling to find random ones laying around. (I’ve seen all of those things happen just in this past year!)

So what can you do?


It is what it is, and you don’t have any control over things taking longer than you thought, or issues coming up. So the best thing you can do is pour yourself another glass of champagne and relax. They can’t start the ceremony without you, so you don’t have to worry about that!

When the timeline starts going south, the first thing that gets sacrificed is photo time. Thankfully, we’ve already had our engagement session together, so if I don’t get as much time with the two of you as we wanted, we’ll still be able to get amazing shots in a short period of time! We can also make sure to go out at sunset and get more images of the two of you!

Another thing we can do is shorten the family photo list. We can do shots with parents and siblings, and the rest of the photos we can make time for at the reception or during dinner.

There are definitely ways to utilize our time for photos! We can talk more about this when we have our planning meeting before the wedding day!

Do you have any questions about planning your wedding? Comment below or email hello@alaynaparker.com!

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