Timeline’s are so important to consider on your wedding day (email your photographer if you have any questions at all, ever! Especially before you book your church time & send out invitations with dinner& cocktail times).
Winter weddings timelines are even more important, for the reason of daylight. Eternal Reflections Photography uses natural light 100% (except in dark receptions), and as such, when the sun sets in the winter at 4:00pm, all formals & romantic photos should be finished by 3:30. With the light being gone by 4:00, the ideal situation is having cocktail hour start at 4, with dinner following at 5:00 or 5:30.
Once photos are done (3:30ish), your photographer can head to the reception to capture cocktail hour & all the lovely details, while you & the wedding party joy ride around town in the limo…or you can go rest in your hotel room and freshen up for the evening (you may also need to warm up!), or attend your cocktail hour & mingle!
An ideal winter timeline, would appear as follows:
Ceremony 11:30-12:30 (or even 12:00-12:45)
Cocktail hour 4:00
It has been mentioned in past blog posts about winter weddings in Edmonton, but here they are again
-have winter boots that are super warm to wear under your dress (hidden) during formals & romantic outdoor photos. Warm feet make a HUGE difference! (A great idea for bridesmaids as well if they have long dresses)
-Have hand warmers for the groom & groomsmen to have in their pockets for warming up hands.
-Get felt dress coats for the groom & groomsmen for outdoor portraits
-Have stoles for your bridesmaids & one for yourself to stay warm
-Book an indoor location as backup in case the weather temperature is unbearable for more then just a few bride & groom photos.