GSS Wedding Tip :: Wedding Week To-Do’s

On your wedding week, things can seem like a whirl-wind….you are about to marry to love of your life! If you are working with a wedding planner, they will probably be a step ahead of you and this post will serve as a reminder to make sure they did these things for you already.

Bride Getting Ready

image courtesy of Kate Miller of Kate Takes Photos

  • Check with all of your wedding vendors to make sure the wedding date you have is the same date they have on file for you.

It may seem trivial, but one wrong number on a contract could ultimately cause some undue stress. Make sure your wedding professionals are on the same page as you are for the wedding date. A suggestion is to actually mention the day of the week for the wedding, such as “See you Saturday, at 2 o’clock!”

  • Timeline for the wedding day.

An easy way to do this is to count back from your final grand wedding exit. For example, you know you are having your get-a-way at 10pm from your location, and you know you photographer is hired for 8 hours. This would mean their start time is 2pm. All getting-ready photos will start about 2pm. If you have a more complex timeline, definitely get in touch with your wedding professionals to make sure everyone is in the correct place at the time you have assigned.

  • Wedding shot list and other requested photos.

While hiring an artist to capture your day as it unfolds is something a lot of couples do, some may hire a very traditional photographer. Shot lists are not for every photographer. If you are having formal portraits during the day (posed portraits with you and your bridal party, the couple together alone, or with family), a shot list is definitely a great idea.


These are just a few really BIG items to get concrete before you get too wrapped up in the wedding-week festivities. Remember, its your wedding week and you are about to marry the love of your life. Nothing can spoil that!


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GSS Wedding Tips :: Creating a Wedding Day Timeline

image by Amy Karp Photography

Your wedding day is rapidly approaching. Your family and bridal party is frantically calling, texting and emailing you to find out where and when they should be lined up and ready to go for the wedding day. This can be a stressful thing to coordinate. With the help of your wedding professionals they can guide you. They have experience with weddings and if you are working with a wedding planner….no biggie. They have this timeline already planned. So you don’t have a wedding planner. Don’t turn into a B WORD….BRIDEZILLA! Don’t let the stress of the wedding day ruin what it is truly about – you are about to marry your best friend.

Things to think about for your timeline….

What – What will this block of time be for? Be realistic with time blocks. Talk to your wedding professionals to find out how long they will need for specific things.

Where – Where everyone will need to be? Calculate drive times with a cushion for potential traffic.

Who – Who needs to be where and at what time? Does your wedding florist need to be in the venue at a certain time to deliver flowers and set up before the guests arrive? Does your wedding photographer have a set time of contracted hours with you for your wedding day?

When – When will they need to be there?

Wedding Day Timeline from Style Me Pretty Google Docs

Wedding Day Timeline from Style Me Pretty on Google Docs

We love this Excel template on Google Docs from Style Me Pretty. They have created this template and you can easily input your timeline and share it with your bridal party, family and wedding pros. Use this as a guide to make your own.

Because we love pictures so much, we want to add a few things to consider when scheduling these events. Some time blocks will be out of your control. For instance, the Church or venue has set times for you to be in and out and you really can’t work around that. If you have the entire day to start from scratch. Think about lighting….Do you prefer the natural light for all of you images? Do you want a first look in a garden with those golden rays of sun? The golden hour. That magic hour of light that is so beautiful happens about 30-45 minutes before sunset. Noon is not ideal for outdoor pictures. A seasoned photographer can catch you looking fantastic in most any lighting condition, but be aware of where the sun is in the sky before you schedule outdoor pictures on your timeline. If you schedule your formal portraits after sunset, know your photographer will most likely be using artificial light to capture these precious images for you. Sunset ceremonies are romantic in theory, however, due to very short window of light, your photographer will most likely be using artificial light for any formal portraits after the wedding ceremony.

Remember…this your wedding day! A day you have dreamed about for a very long time and don’t stress of the timeline. It will all be perfect. At the end of all of it, you will have married your best friend!


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GSS Asks An Expert :: Wedding Day Timeline of Events Advice From Kelly Simants of Sweet Pea Events

Planning a wedding can be really tough and stressful at times.  Sometimes, it’s the small details, that tend to get over looked and can end up being a HUGE mess!  That’s why having a day of timeline is VERY important.  This can help you keep the flow of your day going and make sure that you don’t over look anything.  It helps all participants in your wedding know when to be where and what they’ll need.  We spoke with the very creative and event savvy Kelly Simants of Sweet Pea Events about wedding day events and how they should flow within a time line.  Kelly has been gracious enough to lend us her wedding day timeline template filled with her expertise!

Having a timeline for your big day is extremely crucial to keeping your events on course.  However, please note that issues WILL OCCUR at your wedding, no matter how much detail you have put into your timeline or how much planning you have done.  Groom Sold Separately HIGHLY recommends hiring an event planner or wedding planner to help you take care of such issues should they arise (and they will) on your wedding day so that you can relax and enjoy your wedding day.  Sweet Pea Events offers such services as:

 Thank you, Kelly for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us and share your expertise!!!  Please stop by Sweet Pea Events website and blog  for more information and tips!

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