Reasons why a wedding day runs behind and how to avoid them
With so much time, money and energy going into your big day it’s important to stay on track. Here’s some reasons why I see wedding days run behind and how to avoid them.
I can’t express enough how important it is to have that extra cushion time scheduled into your wedding day. Will your first look take ten minutes? Schedule it for twenty. Is it a one minute walk from getting ready to the ceremony? Count it as five. Scheduling in lots of little five or ten extra minutes throughout your timeline will give you space to get back on track in the case that your day does run behind. If it doesn’t run behind then you’re ahead of schedule. It’s a win win no matter what.
Hair and makeup
I hate to say it, but hair and makeup running behind is tied for the number one reason that I see a wedding day run late. Sometimes it’s for reasons beyond the artists’ control. A bridesmaid is late, the mother of the bride has been busy getting everything ready aside from herself, one person isn’t happy with their look and keeps asking for changes. However long your hair and makeup artists suggest, see if you can start an hour earlier.
Don’t be last
While on the subject of hair and makeup there is one more thing to touch on; do not go last. I understand the logic, you want your makeup to look the most fresh by going last. But we can’t proceed with the day until you’re ready. If your day does run behind and you’re the last one to sit in the makeup chair we’re at a stand still in the timeline. Unless you have a very small number of people getting their hair and makeup done, don’t go last. Go second to last.
Things happen. There’s an unexpected slowdown on the highway. Some sort of emergency before a vendor is able to run out the door. I once had a pet unexpectedly pass away the morning of an engagement session. RIP Smaug the lizard. Let’s say your cake is supposed to be delivered at 3:00 but there’s a dead stop in traffic on the way to the venue. This is where that cushion time comes in handy. Always plan for things to be a little late. Have your cake set to be delivered at 2:00 instead of 3:00.
Family photos is the other contender tied for the number reason your day can run behind. I understand the want as well as the pressure you may feel to get individuals with each person in your family. But let’s say you have three siblings. And your parents are divorced, and they’re remarried. And your grandparents are there. And you want each possible combination of people for photos. You want individuals with each person. That’s at least seven photos, and that’s not including step parents. Then you want groups. So you want siblings, couples, and one big group photo that’s at least seven more photos. Now you want the same photos again but with your significant other included as well. We’re at 28 photos now. And photographers have to take more than one for each combination in case people blink or aren’t looking. This is only considering different combinations for a small section of people. If your day wasn’t behind before, you can bet money it’s behind now.
Cocktail hour is the time after your ceremony when you get more, if not majority, of those formal photos. The number one reason that I see this run behind, other than a long family photo list, is guest interference. People are excited for you. They want to talk to you, congratulate you. They also want photos with you. Be sure to walk far enough away from your cocktail hour area that its harder for people to interfere. Or have someone ushering everyone inside who doesn’t need to be present for photos.
A final way that I see a wedding day run behind is during the reception. This happens when couple’s choose not to knock out those traditions right away. Does this mean that you need to go right into every tradition one after the other upon your grand entrance? No. But I recommend doing at least some of them. What seems to work the best is to go right into first dance upon your entrance. Follow that with any other traditional dance that you’re doing. Then cut the cake. After that go and sit for dinner. The reason that your day could run behind when you go right into dinner is the same as how it runs behind during cocktail hour; people are excited to talk to you. Once one person approaches your head table to congratulate you the rest will follow. Dinner will take much longer than you had planned for. And there could be hurt feelings when you have to stop people from coming up to you in order to go do your first dance or cut the cake.
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