The #1 Thing to Consider Before Booking Your Wedding Venue

 
 
Why it is vital to have access to your wedding venue more than a couple hours before your ceremony and what to do if your are stuck in this situation - A helpful post by Christa Norman Photography
 
Why it is vital to have access to your wedding venue more than a couple hours before your ceremony and what to do if your are stuck in this situation - A helpful post by Christa Norman Photography
 

You are getting married! Yayyyy! I couldn't be more excited for you! But after you put that shining ring on your finger, it is time to start planning the biggest and most important event of your life.

Easy peasy, right?

As most of you probably have already discovered, planning a wedding is not a walk in the park. Not in the slightest. 

You have so many things to juggle and decisions to make. You've never been a bride before so you don't have prior experience to look back on. 

But don't worry, as a wedding photographer I am here to help you. You get to benefit from the many weddings while only being a bride once! 

This is the first post in a new series, Bridal Solutions. In each post I present a problem that you could potentially face, why that particular issue can effect you negatively and solutions to that issue! 

Here are other posts in this series so you can quickly refference them: 

1. The #1 Thing to Consider Before Booking Your Wedding Venue

2. The Key to Eliminating Stress on Your Wedding Day

3. How to Prevent Your Wedding From Being One Big Photoshoot

The Problem:

Booking a venue that won’t let you on site more than 1-2 hours before your wedding day.

Why this is an issue:

In most cases this is just not enough time to take for all of your photos. Often brides (and sometimes coordinators) think that photographers are magicians and can just squeeze an impossible amount of photos into a limited amount of time.

This is just not true. If a photographer values their craft and giving you a stress-free experience they will not "just make it work". 

Most experience and skilled photographer know how long it will take them to photograph each part of your wedding day and I know that 1-2 hours to get images of you getting ready, getting into the dress, the first look, bride and groom portraits, bridal party portraits and ceremony details is literally impossible without sacrificing quality and everyone being stressed out of their minds. 

 
 
Why it is vital to have access to your wedding venue more than a couple hours before your ceremony and what to do if your are stuck in this situation - A helpful post by Christa Norman Photography
 
Why it is vital to have access to your wedding venue more than a couple hours before your ceremony and what to do if your are stuck in this situation - A helpful post by Christa Norman Photography
 

Solutions

1. Before booking your venue make sure to check with them how early you are allowed to arrive.

Don't assume but actually double check. Then when you set what time to have the ceremony, you can make sure there is enough time after you are allowed to arrive and the ceremony to fit everything in.

This way you can (potentially) get ready at the venue and not worry about a giant time crunch or driving to multiple locations.

2. What to do if you've already set your ceremony start time and there aren't enough hours before

Choose a getting ready location that is within a 10 minute drive of your venue.

This way you can start photos at the Air BnB or hotel, get in the dress there, take a quick drive to the venue and then finish the rest of the images at the venue. 

 
Why it is vital to have access to your wedding venue more than a couple hours before your ceremony and what to do if your are stuck in this situation - A helpful post by Christa Norman Photography
Why it is vital to have access to your wedding venue more than a couple hours before your ceremony and what to do if your are stuck in this situation - A helpful post by Christa Norman Photography
 

3. What to do if you have this time crunch and your getting ready location is more than a 10 minute drive.

This is a tough situation but not insurmountable. If you can't change your getting ready location, you can do one of two things: 

- Pay your photographer for more coverage. Because they now have to drive to where you are getting ready this time takes away from their coverage from the rest of your day. Often more coverage is needed so that they don't miss any important parts of the reception.

- Pay your venue to start an hour (or so) earlier so that you can get ready and get in your dress there. If you can only purchase one or two more hours with your venue (as oppose to the whole morning) you should think about having your makeup done elsewhere. In this case you would just get into your dress at the venue and you would be sacrificing candid getting ready images of you and your ladies.  

Bonus tip:

If you photographer hasn't already told you how much time they need to photograph each part of the day, contact them and ask. This will be a great way to make sure your day flows smoothly! Photographers (whether they know it or not) guide you through your wedding day and have the power to help you be calm & in the moment.

If you want to learn more about how to be that calm and flourishing bride. Check out my free guide 5 Elements Every Stress-Free Wedding Has in Common!

 
 
Why it is vital to have access to your wedding venue more than a couple hours before your ceremony and what to do if your are stuck in this situation - A helpful post by Christa Norman Photography
 
Why it is vital to have access to your wedding venue more than a couple hours before your ceremony and what to do if your are stuck in this situation - A helpful post by Christa Norman Photography
 

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