The benefits of planning ahead with a wedding photography timeline

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Suffolk Wedding Photography

In the final stages of planning your wedding you’ll no doubt be working through some of the finer details with your venue co-ordinator or wedding planner. But had you thought about doing the same with your wedding photographer?

Its always a good idea to catch up with those helping you to plan your day, nearer to the time in order to discuss any details which may have changed since you last met and this is also the case for your photography. I’d love to share how I do this for my clients, which may in term start conversations with your own photographer.

Around a month to a month and a half before your wedding, I always share my pre-wedding questionnaire with my clients, through their personal online portal. This service takes them through a series of questions regarding their wedding day plans, covering such areas as: 

- times and locations for key parts of the day, such as bridal prep, groom prep etc

- any considerations to make when it comes to the ceremony, such as any possible restrictions for photogrophy, if there will be any readings or other personal touches etc

- any requested family group photos which are particularly desired. Includes the ability to share names, relationships and other information

This is just a fraction of the information that is shared at this time and the outcome is that I will then go away and created a first draft of a personalised wedding photography timeline for the day.

My timelines serve as a loose guide to what will be happening when on the day and when it comes to photography, what exactly is desired or planned at each stage. It’s never set in stone as timings often move a little, bit it gives my clients an idea of what will be happening when and what to expect from their photography on the day.

Overall, it gives my clients piece of mind that everything they would like, when it comes to photography, will be covered.

Once the first draft is shared with my clients, the document may then go back and forth a little until all concerned are happy. This document can also be shared with any other planners or coordinators if needed, but generally they are based on the timeline previously agreed with the venue and other venues and so they all work seamlessly.

So I hope this short article has given some food for thought around some possible conversations with your own photographer in the last stages of planning.

As it really does ensure that, when it comes to your photography, your photographer can work as efficiently and effectively as possible.

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P.S - If you would like to discuss your wedding photography, or indeed anything else when it comes to planning your wedding, you are welcome to get in touch, anytime, using the contact form here.