20 – 75 minutes
This is it guys! The part where shit gets real! Where you feel all the feelings. I’ll document your ceremony as I see it unfold, all while being unobtrusive and utmost respectful.
- With technology in the hands of absolutely every single person out there, a popular trend is to request an “unplugged” ceremony, asking family and friends to put away electronic devices for a brief time so they can fully immerse themselves in this moment you have so kindly invited them into. If this is something of interest to you, I recommend adding this request to invites, or have your officiant make an announcement before the ceremony begins. Pinterest has an abundant amount of ideas on how to word this in a manner that is both constructive and polite.
- An outdoor ceremony can be absolutely gorgeous, especially if you time it right. The later it is in the afternoon, the more likely you are to get that beautiful golden glow of light. Like noted above, afternoons provide the most flattering light; soft, warm and romantic. While early afternoons can cause just the opposite, and lots of squinting… You want to be able to see each other! Again, if you can, try to avoid planning anything in direct sun between 10am and 3pm.
- Receiving lines. While thanking your guests is a necessary gesture, receiving lines can often suck the life out of your wedding day. It’s easy to get tied up in conversation. And then BOOM, there goes an hour of your wedding day. For this reason, most couples choose to thank their guests during the dinner hour. Chances are that you and your partner will finish eating before the majority of your guests are even served. Maximize this time by making table rounds, thanking your people for their love and support.