July 30, 2019. Written by Courtney N. Shale
Time Flies – A Small Part of What Wedding Planners Do
As I was lining everyone up for the processional, we were all taking in the last seconds before the ceremony would begin when Atonn said something that stuck with me. He and I both decided it’s a great topic to discuss!
During those final seconds before the ceremony begins, there are a lot of emotions and things often seem like a blur for my couples and their bridal party. Despite the “blur” feeling, I always ensure to give a quick pep talk and remind them we are starting on time and not to worry about anything else but being present in this moment right now (something Atonn incorporated into THE most beautiful ceremony I’ve ever heard).
After mentioning the time factor, Atonn said “oh, we are actually going to start on time?”. Now, he meant that in the best way, but I was at a total loss for words as my mind went a little crazy. Those words stuck with me through the whole weekend as I reflected on the fact that these words were said because, more often than not, when a couple doesn’t work with a planner and/or a venue coordinator, things don’t always happen on time.
If you’ve been following along for awhile now, you know how much I preach the importance of a good timeline, but what good is a timeline if no one is there working for YOU and keeping things moving?
For my couples, depending on the flow of events looks like, I know we have a very specific allotted timeframe for pictures post-ceremony. If the ceremony itself doesn’t begin on time, they either have less time for photos or they are late to their own party.
To me, that’s no way to experience your wedding day! You should be relaxed and enjoying yourself, not stressing and worrying about what’s happening next. Leave that to me (or another planner of your choosing!!). And if starting on time means there’s a few stragglers, that’s ok!! You shouldn’t have to delay your big day to wait for them. They will get there when they get there and I will happily show them to their seats in the back row after you make it to the altar 🙏🏽