THE TIME­LINE

What will your big day ac­tu­ally look like?

New Zealand Weddings Planner - - Logistics - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY MARISSA FIND­LAY

MIX­ING IT UP

Your wed­ding sched­ule needn’t be set in stone. Take lib­er­ties with the time­line so it seam­lessly suits your needs.

THE FIRST LOOK

In­stead of sched­ul­ing a por­trait ses­sion for af­ter the cer­e­mony, many cou­ples opt to get the bulk of the pho­tos done be­fore­hand, in a ‘first look’ ses­sion. Your pho­tog­ra­pher will ar­range for you to meet at a spe­cific lo­ca­tion, so that first mo­ment you see each other will be doc­u­mented. This means your hair and makeup will be fresh, and you won’t have to rush off af­ter the cer­e­mony. Sched­ule your beauty ap­point­ments for slightly ear­lier, or ar­range for your cer­e­mony to start at 5pm in­stead of 4pm.

THE CAKE CUT­TING

If your pho­tog­ra­pher is only stay­ing un­til the be­gin­ning of the re­cep­tion, sched­ule your cake cut­ting for the be­gin­ning or end of cocktail hour. It’ll mean you can snap a pic­ture of the mo­ment, and you won’t in­ter­rupt the mo­men­tum of the party later on.

THE EXIT

Tra­di­tion­ally, the bride and groom de­part the venue be­fore all other guests. How­ever, if you’d rather stay on and party, it’s a good idea to in­clude this in the MC’S notes for guests, so they don’t feel im­po­lite by leav­ing be­fore the bride and groom.

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