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Category Archives: PLANNING

Wedding Planning Tip: The Timeline

It is important that brides give their photographers their timeline well before the wedding. Often times the coordinator will base it on general photography needs and each photographer is different. Remember: your photographer will be with you the entire day, from beginning to end. They are the only vendor you will hire that will literally be in your face for most of your event.

An additional bonus: I memorize my client’s timeline because I am usually the closest person (in proximity) to the bride who is wearing a watch. I always here the question “What time is it? How much longer until I need to be walking down the isle?” No one can ever answer that question right away because they are searching for their cell phone in a bag somewhere. I always can give her the quickest answer because I have a watch and I know when things are supposed to happen. The coordinator will be doing his or her job getting things into place and is usually not just sitting around in the bridal prep room. The photographer should assume this role and all will be happy.

Sample Traditional American Wedding (Jen’s Recommended Event Flow)

3:00    Preparation photos of Bride and Groom getting ready
4:00    Photo session with Bride (alone, with attendants, etc.)
4:30    Bride and attendants in sequester
5:00    Ceremony
5:30    Family and Bridal Party group formal photos
5:45    Cocktail hour
6:00    Newlywed’s photo session
6:45    Newlywed’s alone time with champaign and hors d’oeuvres
6:45   Guests Ushered Into Reception Area
7:00    Newlywed’s grand entrance straight into First Dance
7:15    Toasts and salads served
7:30    Dinner served
8:00    Father/Daughter   Mother/Son dance
8:15    Open dancing
9:00    Cake cutting
9:15    Bouquet toss
9:25    Garter toss
9:30    Open dancing
11:00  Departure/Send-off

Jen is a boutique wedding photographer based out of Beverly Hills, California.
She specializes in alternative, photojournalistic wedding photography and is known for capturing the unique definitive moments during your event.

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Copyright © 2009 by Jen O’Sullivan http://www.jenosullivan.com

Green Wedding: Going Paperless

If you are considering using a paperless service for your invitations such as Paperless Post I would recommend it as a supplement to a simple smaller invite. Big bulky invitations usually have 5 to 10 if not more page inserts. Why not design something classically elegant on one piece of exceptionally nice double or triple rag paper with beautiful letterpress. On this card you would direct them to the paperless post invite which can act as your RSVP.

On a larger scale, have someone (your photographer) create a website for you that is a complete invitation with location, directions, dinner choices, your registry, event timeline for multiple day events. Think about including other fun things such as the story on how you met, engagement photos, baby photos, photos of “the players” aka your wedding party, the sky is the limit. After your wedding it will act as a landing page for blog posts, wedding photos, honeymoon photos, pregnancy pho…. oooh, sorry, one thing at a time! 😛 You get the idea. Basically, have fun! Here are a couple sample websites for you to take a look at: Cheri and Ryan Sean and Sarah

Jen is a boutique wedding photographer based out of Beverly Hills, California.
She specializes in alternative, photojournalistic wedding photography and is known for capturing the unique definitive moments during your event.

Copyright © 2009 by Jen O’Sullivan http://www.jenosullivan.com