Reception Timeline of Events

Here is our reception timeline. Feel free to copy, paste, edit, and print it for your own reception! Just remember that it won’t be followed to a “T”. Even though there are times printed on the timeline, it’s really just more of a guide to when things will be happening.

 

RECEPTION TIMELINE

5 PM:

–          Introduction of the Wedding Party: Music – We Found Love (ft. Calvin Harris) by Rihanna

  • Parents of Bride
  • Parents of Groom
  • Bridesmaid & Groomsman 1
  • Bridesmaid & Groomsman 2
  • Bridesmaid & Groomsman 3
  • Bridesmaid & Groomsman 4
  • The New Mr and Mrs

–          Couples First Dance: God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton

–          Prayer

–          Eat and Greet (easy, low volume music)

 

6 PM:

–          Toasts – Member of the wedding party will start off

–          Father-Daughter Dance: In My Arms by Mark Wills

–          Mother-Son Dance: How Sweet It Is by James Taylor

–          Open Dance Floor

 

7 PM

–          Garter Removal

–          Garter Toss

–          Bouquet Toss

–          Money Dance

–          Open Dance Floor again

 

8 PM:

–          Cake Cutting

–          Open Dance Floor, last time

 

About 8:45:

–          “Last Dance” (letting guests know the party is wrapping up) Fast and Festive Music – “In The Mood” or “Sing, Sing, Sing”

 

9 PM:

–          Bride and Groom Head Out! Final Farewell!

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The Reception

The time has come to plan the party portion of your big day, otherwise known as the fun part! Same as with the ceremony, you need to find a venue first that is available on your date (again, this is assuming you are having separate venues). If at all possible, you should visit venues in person and get a tour to see how big the space is and what you’ll be working with in terms of table set up and decorations. You should have your venue booked at least 4-5 months in advance. Here are some questions you need to ask:

What is the room capacity?

Are we allowed to bring in a caterer and/or our own food?

Do you have any requirements concerning decorations such as candles, tacks and pushpins, or adhesives?

Will we be able to set up and decorate the day before the event?

Where are (or are there) cleaning supplies we can use?

Where is the best place to put the DJ? (Look for at least two outlets that can be dedicated entirely to the DJ. A room corner usually works best)

Do you have tables, chairs, and linens?

Keep in mind that you should have a decent gap between the end of your ceremony and the beginning of your reception to allow for pictures (unless you take your pictures before the ceremony. This ruins the whole “groom can’t see the bride before the wedding” but some people do it. I myself was completely against it, even though some wanted us to do it that way). I planned our day with a 2 hour window between for pictures, and we did pretty good sticking to that. We were only 15 minutes late to our reception, and nobody even noticed.

Once you have your venue, seek out a caterer or decide on your foods. We went against all “wedding etiquette” I had found and we had a potluck reception. Small town folks love potluck get-togethers, and for weddings everyone makes their best dishes. You can’t go wrong with that. I asked guests to bring their best finger food to share and our families provided punch, plates, utensils, and napkins. (And of course dessert was also provided – the cake. Duh!) Both of our mothers made a few dishes too. We had so much good food! And it saved us so much money. Caterers can cost thousands of dollars, and in my experience the food is not always that great. You must check with your venue to see if you can host a potluck or even bring in your own caterer. One venue I went to said I had to have a professional food caterer and couldn’t bring in any outside food except the cake. Another venue I spoke to told me I had to use their catering service.

You should book a DJ no less than 1-2 months before your wedding. Most DJ’s don’t fill up for events that early, so this should be a safe time frame. Some people are bound to tell you that a DJ is just an added expense and you’d be just fine playing music off your iPod. No. They have obviously never planned a wedding reception. A DJ does more for you than just hit play on a fancy device. Your DJ should be able to introduce the wedding party, announce reception events when they are going to happen, and keep music flowing seamlessly. They enable you to enjoy your party without having to play host. Ask around to find out if there are DJ’s in your area that people you know recommend, or that have good reviews.

We were incredibly blessed with our DJ, Marc. He wanted to be there a half hour early to set up and be able to play music while guests were arriving, and bought music that we wanted played that neither of us had. Marc met with us on our time schedule two separate times to go over the location, playlists, the reception events, names of the wedding party members, and all the other details. He brought in a few lights, his own table, and all of his equipment. I sat down and made a general playlist for him, and also made him a playlist on my iPad of songs that we already owned that he didn’t need to buy. We paid him $500 for 4 hours of work, and I know he could have charged a lot more. He didn’t charge us extra for arriving a half an hour early or for the music he downloaded.

In addition to having a playlist, you will need to have a typed up copy of your reception flow of events. The events include the introduction of the wedding party, first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, bouquet and garter toss, and cutting the cake. I have posted our events timeline here for you to use if you’d like.

Lastly, decorations. You should begin buying and collecting your decorations at the beginning of your engagement to help save money and to avoid the “cost shock” of dishing a large amount of money at one time. Here you can find some decoration ideas and a little bit of advice. I hope this helps you sort out your reception. I’m sure the stress is beginning to build if it hasn’t already. Just remember to take a deep breath, pray for patience and strength, and maybe take a day or two off from planning. It could do you a world of good!

 

 

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV)

Writing Your Vows

The traditional wedding vows are short, sweet, and to the point for the most part. They get the job done, so to speak. But writing your own vows makes your ceremony much more personal and romantic, and it makes the vows more meaningful and special between the two of you. Your vows are a promise, one that can and should never be broken. They give the two of you a sort of guideline for your marriage relationship.

If you decide you both want to write your own vows, first check with your officiate to make sure they are okay with it (some can be very old fashioned and would rather you not). Then decide if you want to write them together so you’re prepared or separately to make them a surprise. (Making them a surprise can make the emotional factor go way up! So if you really want to try to not be a balling mess on your wedding day, opt to write them together).

Your vows can be deep, personal, touching, funny, lovey, or just plain cute. Let both your personalities direct you. As far as length goes, the longer the better. Whether you go with short or long, just make sure both of your vows are the same length. I was at a wedding once where the brides vows were much longer than the grooms (and by much I mean quite a lot!) and I felt so bad and embarrassed them.

We wanted our ceremony to be close and personal so we chose to write ours. Our officiate told us that guests really love it when couples write personal vows and that we should try to make them as long as possible. I wrote a rough draft of mine, and then together we added or subtracted things for his, adjusted mine, and polished them up as finals. I already had an idea of things I wanted in my vows, but I got online and Googled both personal and traditional wedding vows for some extra inspiration. This is something you should do 1-2 months prior to the wedding. Since getting Andy to do anything wedding related was so hard, I didn’t succeed at getting ours done until the week before.

Here are our wedding vows for you to use as inspiration. We were going for a deep, romantic sense with a little something funny 😉

I Lynda take you Andrew to be my husband. To have and to hold, to trust and confide in, and to love unconditionally more and more each day. I will cherish our union and nurture our marriage both physically and spiritually. I promise to be your faithful, loving wife; to pray for you always; to love you with actions, not just words; to hold your hand in church; to never go to bed angry; to not to steal the covers at night; to let you sleep in on days off; and to go fishing when you ask, no matter how much it’s raining. I promise that I will stand by your side and share your burdens through sickness and health, good times and bad. I will respect you as a person, grow with you, and never give up. I will walk with you through the rest of the journey that God has set before us, from this day forward, until death do us part.

I Andrew take you Lynda to be my wife. To have and to hold, to trust and confide in, and to love unconditionally more and more each day. I will cherish our union and nurture our marriage both physically and spiritually. I promise to be your faithful loving husband; to pray for you always; to love you with actions, not just words; to hold your hand in church; to warm you up when you are cold; to try to remember to put my dirty clothes in the hamper, and always replace the toilet paper roll. I promise to remember this day with love and roses. I promise that I will stand by your side and share your burdens through sickness and health, good times and bad. I will respect you as a person, grow with you, and never give up. I will walk with you through the rest of the journey that God has set before us, from this day forward, until death do us part.

One of Andy’s brothers and his wife gave us a very thoughtful and special wedding gift; something we will always cherish and have in our home as a reminder of the promises we’ve made to each other. They printed each of our vows on special paper and put them in a three-picture frame, leaving a space between his and mine for a photo of the two of us. It’s a nice way to display your vows and give you that constant reminder.

If you find you’re having trouble finding the right words, or if you’re having troubles in other areas of your wedding planning, remember this verse:

 

 

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” (Philippians 4:6 NLT)

Bouquets & Boutonnieres

Fresh flowers are unbelievably expensive! My bouquet and two boutonnieres cost $150, and I know the gal I got them from could have charged more. Since we were trying to do our wedding cheaply, I wanted to avoid fresh flowers wherever possible. So I made my bridesmaids bouquets and the groomsmens boutonnieres.

Apparently I did this the hard way, because little did I know that you can buy bridesmaid bouquet handles with that green foam in them for arranging fake flowers. Hmph.I found them at Michael’s long after I made these…

I ordered fake lavender colored roses and white mini rose buds from eFavorMart (which is where I got all of our decorations too – more on that later). They have lots of colors and flowers to choose from. I took 4 lavender roses and 4 stems of white rose buds and set them aside for the groomsmen, and divided the remaining roses and buds by 5 to make the bouquets (I also made myself a toss bouquet – there was no way I was throwing my real and expensive one). I cut them all to the same lengths and rubber-banded them together very tight and near the top (as close to the flowers as possible, without messing up the arrangement).

I then wrapped the stems in a deep purple, inch and a half wide ribbon, starting at the base and wrapping upward toward the flowers. (You will want to use tacky glue to glue the starting end to the ribbon laying over it. I didn’t do this and one or two of them started coming unraveled at the wedding.) Wrap your ribbon around all the way to the top, glue down to itself with tacky glue, and clamp it for 10 minutes or so, just so it has a good hold before you let it finish drying. Then cut off any excess ribbon and fluff the flowers.

For the boutonnieres, I used small rubber bands (like the ones you use for small hair braids) to hold the two stems together, and did the same wrapping style with the same ribbon. Glue the last end wherever you want the “back” to be, the side that is against the groomsmens chest, so it’s hidden and unnoticeable. You’ll be able to use a boutonniere pin right through the ribbon to attach it to their suit jacket or shirt.

Here is how my finished products looked:

The completed bouquets and boutonnieres.

This was rather difficult and time consuming. I highly recommend buying the bridesmaid bouquet handles. They have them at Michael’s on one of their wedding aisles, and I’m sure you can order them on the internet as well. (Unless of course you’re super-bride, then by all means make yours this way!) You can at the very least make your boutonnieres 🙂

In Memory Candles

Having “In Memory” candles is a personal choice and not a tradition at weddings, although there are marketed premade candles out there. I couldn’t justify spending $20 or more on a candle, so I made ours. I went to Walmart and bought two ivory, unscented pillar candles (I think they were $1 each) and two small square mirror plates to set them on (these were about $3 a piece). I already had silver glittery alphabet scrapbook stickers at home, but I went to Michael’s and got some pearl and corner embellishments to add to them. Using tweezers, I carefully placed each letter and number on the candles. The use of tweezers prevents getting your skin oils on the stickers, and also helps you keep them straight. Since they are going on wax you can easily peal and replace them if they begin to go askew (but don’t worry, they hold on great once you press them on hard! Ours made it 2 months in a tote and then all the way from Anchorage to Kodiak – 250 miles).

You could also tie or hot glue ribbon onto candles, use rhinestones, or whatever else your little heart desires. (Paint, pen, and markers do not work so don’t waste your money on those attempts). You can find small photo clips at Invitations by Dawn that you can use on your bouquet ribbons or could clip onto ribbon attached to your candles.

Here is how our candles looked when I was finished. They looked great up on stage, and cost about $5 a piece with all the materials.

Our candles for my Grandmother and Uncle.

 

You can choose to incorporate these into the ceremony, or just have them already lit when guests are arriving. I had my parents walk to the front together and light them at the beginning of the ceremony before my mother took her seat (the church we were married at has doors and stairs both at the front and back of the sanctuary, so my father went downstairs and circled back up and around to get me!)

Remembering loved ones lost in this way on your wedding day can help bring you a sort of peace, especially when it was someone you were close to and loved very much, who would have been there in life if they could. I prayed that morning that maybe God would let them look down on us and watch, and because of the peace I felt before I walked down the aisle I have faith that He did.

 

 

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:18-19 ESV)

Ring Pillow & Flower Basket

Since I couldn’t find a pillow and basket in my wedding colors at a low price, I decided to make my own. This was my first craft for our wedding, and it obviously lead to many more! It’s very easy, and I hope this is easy enough to follow.

You will need:

– Tacky glue

– Ribbon in your wedding colors

– Small rhinestones (optional)

– Small sewing kit

– A plain ring pillow and flower girl basket

 

I got my ring bearer pillow at Walmart for about $11. The tacky glue, ribbon, and rhinestones I got at Michael’s. (I apologize for some of the photos. They were taken with my phone and aren’t that great!)

My plain ring pillow from Walmart.

Wrap your chosen ribbons around the pillow to get a measurement and cut accordingly. I used a wide sheer purple and a narrower solid blue to layer. Trim the edges of the wide ribbon so it looks like it disappears behind the main bow (if your pillow doesn’t have a bow or anything on the front, you can make a bow using either white ribbon or one of your wedding colors and tack or sew it to the front. Here is a great bow tying tutorial). Because one of my ribbons was sheer, I stitched them to the pillow under one of the bow ears, with the solid ribbon under the sheer.

Stitch or glue one end under the bow, making sure the ribbon is lying over top and centered on whatever preexisting ribbon is there (if your pillow has one). Flip your pillow over and pull the ribbon flush so it lays tight and flat against it. Stitch it where the existing ribbon is stitched to create the handle, then stitch it again in the same place on the other side. Wrap it back around to the front and stitch the end under the opposite side of the front bow. Then do the same steps with your next ribbon (if you have one), laying it centered and flush just like the first one. If this ribbon is wider and sheer like mine, don’t make it part of the handle. Instead, cut it and stitch or glue it where the handle starts and do the same on the other side. The underside should look like this:

The backside of the pillow, showing the handle or hand slot for the ring bearer.

The front should look something like this:

The pillows front side, almost finished.

I used a thin purple ribbon to add to the tying ribbons that hang off the front. I cut them to the same length and stitched them up underneath the heart embellishment. I also decided to monogram the pillow with rhinestones. Put some tacky glue on a paper plate and use tweezers to carefully pick up each rhinestone, dip the back of it in the glue, and position it on the pillow. Create any design or monogram you’d like! I’d suggest practicing on a flat surface first though 😉 Tacky glue goes on white but dries clear, so if it comes out around the edges you won’t see it when it dries.

 

The flower girl basket I bought at Michael’s, for somewhere around $12.

The before image of the flower basket.

I did the same ribbon overlay here as I did for the pillow. Blue first, then purple. I used tacky glue rather than stitching. Glue one end to the middle of the bottom of the basket and let dry. Then pull tight and flush and glue the remaining end to the inside of the basket. (I glued mine close to the bottom on the inside, so when it was full of petals you could see the ribbon on the sides.) Do the same on the other side, and then repeat with the sheer ribbon, or whatever other ribbon you’ve chosen. I tied bows around the four ends of the handles to add a girly touch for my nieces.

Here are the finished products. Inexpensive, easy to make, and made to match our wedding perfectly.

The finished basket and pillow.

Ceremony Timeline

Here is the ceremony event timeline from our wedding. I made ours very detailed so there would be no confusion. I pulled some ideas from information I found online and built my own. Feel free to copy, paste, print, or edit it to fit your ceremony. I hope it helps!

 

McCarty Wedding Ceremony

 

–          Music Starts – Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desire

–          Grooms parents walk down the aisle, take seats

–          Brides mother is escorted down the aisle, light memory candles on stage, takes seat

–          Processional begins:

  • Bridesmaid & Groomsman 1
  • Bridesmaid & Groomsman 2
  • Bridesmaid & Groomsman 3
  • Bridesmaid & Groomsman 4
  • Ring Bearer
  • (usher pulls aisle runner)
  • Flower girl

–          Music changes to Pachelbel’s Canon; Bride and father enter at back of church

–          Handing off the bride

–          Music resumes as bride and groom take places on stage, maid of honor arranges the train and takes the bouquet from the bride, bride and groom take hands

–          Prayer over ceremony

–          Scripture readings and message

–          Vow exchanges

–          Exchanging of rings

–          Sand ceremony – Music: Pachelbel’s Canon (Piano only)

–          Closing prayer and message

–          Declaration of marriage – first kiss

–          Exit begins – Music: Peanuts Theme Song

  • Bride and groom
  • Parents of bride and groom
  • Wedding party in reverse order (group 4, group 3, group 2, group 1)

The Ceremony

You should begin planning your ceremony out early on in the planning process. This takes time and patience, so the more time you give yourself the less stressed you’ll become.

Once you have chosen your date, start looking into venues (otherwise known as locations to non-bridebrained people). Do you want a traditional wedding in a church or are you thinking of an outdoor scene? Maybe a large convention center suites the two of you. It’s entirely up to you. However, I would advise asking both families what their preference would be. Some families will really want you to be married in a church (but if that isn’t your thing, be sure to nicely remind them that although their opinion is valuable to you, it is your wedding and you’d rather hold it elsewhere). Check prices and available dates before you set your heart on anything.

You should also decide if you are going to have your ceremony and reception in the same place or opt for separate venues. We were married in our home church and had our reception in another church’s banquet room. I kinda figured having both in the same place could turn into a logistical nightmare – setting up for the ceremony, then having to break it all down and set up for the reception in a matter of hours would have been hard. But I have seen this done twice for smaller weddings and it actually worked out quite nicely. (For those of you that are going to have separate venues, I have reception planning tips in the The Reception category.)

When you figure out your ceremony venue, determine how long you need it for and when you’ll be able to decorate. We decorated the church the day before the ceremony, when we did our rehearsal. On the day of, the wedding party arrived two hours early so we could get ready there (if you can do this at your venue, I highly recommend it. You’ll be nervous as it is, and being able to just go and get everything done in one place will be nice). The ceremony was about an hour long, so I reserved the church for a 4 hour block just in case.

The officiate, the person who actually marries the two of you, is typically any priest, pastor, or judge. If you live in the state of Alaska, anyone can marry you as long as they go to any courthouse and get the appropriate documents. We were married by a former pastor, now missionary, and very dear friend of our families. You will want to meet with your officiate ahead of time at least twice to go over your ceremony details (such as time, place, ceremony timeline, etc). They also need to be at your rehearsal. Chances are, you’ll be getting married by someone who has done it before, and they will know how everything works and will be able to offer advice. You should ask them when you meet with them if they have any guidelines or conditions. They should also know how the rehearsal works. You might want to appoint or find someone that can help “direct traffic” both during the rehearsal and the actual ceremony. Most churches have a wedding coordinator who knows how to do this. This person will tell the wedding party when to walk and where to stand.

Two important things that take place during the ceremony are exchanging your vows and the unity candle or unity sand ceremony. Decide if you are going to use traditional vows or write your own. If you choose to write your own, check with your officiate to get the okay and give them a copy to approve once you write them. You should write them within 3 months of the wedding, to make sure they’re as perfect as you want them and they’re nicely polished. Also decide if you want to do a traditional unity candle lighting or want to give it a modern twist and go with the unity sand ceremony (or neither, if you’d prefer…). We did the unity sand ceremony. It symbolizes the same “two become one” message as the candle and also symbolizes that you can never be separated. Afterward you’re left with something beautiful and decorative for your home that serves as a constant reminder of your unity (instead of a candle you’ll never light again). Visit here for more information on a unity sand ceremony and how it works.

Our unity sand container and vases, sitting on our mantle in our home. We chose white and black for bride and groom instead of our wedding colors. You can’t see it, but it is engraved with our initials and wedding date. We got ours at David’s Bridal.

The ceremony timeline (order of events) is not something every couple will have to do themselves. Our officiate told us it was entirely up to us, and I ended up arranging the whole thing from scratch. Your officiate may have one predetermined for you. I have posted our timeline here. You can use ours if you’d like or edit it to fit your ceremony style.

We had two “In Memory” candles at our ceremony, so there is a place on the timeline where those were lit by my mother (they were for her brother and my fraternal grandmother). In Memory candles are a very nice way to remember loved ones who are no longer with us who you know would have been there if they could. My grandma was a very wonderful woman who I was close to when I was young. I missed her more than ever in that moment. My uncle was a great, gentle, and caring man who loved my sister and I very much. I would have given anything for them both to be there. If you want to do this, ask both families if there are people who they want candles for. Andy’s family didn’t have anyone. (I made our candles myself. You can see the project in my DIY & Crafts section.)

Decorations and music are the last details you should think about. I have an entire separate post for decorations here as well as where to order everything you could possibly need for cheap. I also have pictures of our decorations and some of the crafty things I did. You can find hundreds of wedding ceremony songs on the internet, and order CD’s if you aren’t going to have a pianist or violinist. Our wedding party walked to ‘Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desire’, my dad and I walked to ‘Pachelbel’s Cannon in D’, and at the end we all walked out to the Peanuts theme song! I had one pianist and one violinist.

*Don’t forget to get your marriage license within the allotted time frame and pick your witnesses. It may seem obvious, but the legal portion of weddings sometimes gets forgotten!

 

 

“Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman’ for she was taken out of man’. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:22-25)

Your New BFF’s

Pinterest and Michael’s. If you don’t already, you’re going to love them.

My mother-in-law and one of my sister-in-laws turned me on to the whole Pinterest thing and oh my gosh it was a fast addiction. They have everything under the sun. I spent hours looking through pins in the Weddings and Events section, and I got a lot of my ideas from there (such as my centerpieces. I’ll post about those later). There are lots of centerpieces, decorating tips and ideas, and cute unique things you never would have thought of. They also have a Crafts pin section, which is where I spend more time nowadays. There you can find ideas for home crafts, things you can use for the wedding, and all kinds of accessory ideas. Pinterest also has recipes, ideas for the home and home decorating, useful crafts for home, and things for kids for when your happily-ever-after starts.

Michael’s proved to be a great help since I was so DIY for my wedding. They have weekly coupons on their website that I printed and used a lot. You can also just show them on your mobile phone if you have a smart phone. Very handy if you are there on an outing and find something you must have 😉 Michael’s has fake flowers, painting supplies, frames, baskets, jewelry making supplies, and some home decorations. Pretty much anything craft related you could ever need for your wedding.

Michael’s also has a couple aisles dedicated entirely to wedding things. They have centerpieces, gift boxes and satchels, invitations, stamps, stickers, candies, fun bride and bridesmaids t-shirts, and the list could go on and on. I got my flower girl basket, all of the ribbon I used, some wedding mints, bubbles, and a few other miscellaneous things there. Things can be a little spendy there, but it’s all nice quality and with the coupons it’s not so bad. I’m also planning on getting the paper and embellishments for our wedding scrapbook there when I get to do it. They have tons of stickers, albums, papers, punches, and accessories for scrapbookers (I definitely am one)!

I have posts with my flower girl basket, ring bearer pillow, and centerpieces in my DIY & Crafts category. Here is the link to my Pinterest profile. Check out my Ideas for Weddings & Parties board for inspiration. I also have a board for Recipes and a board for Crafts. Enjoy 🙂

 

 

“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4 NIV)

Wedding Photo Checklist

Here is the checklist of photos I gave our photographer. I organized it by time frame so our photographer could easily go down the list as the day progressed. Feel free to copy paste and print it if you’d like to use it! I hope this helps!

McCarty Wedding Photo Checklist

  1. Pre-Ceremony
  •       A picture of the wedding gown (optional alternative: with bridesmaids gowns too)
  •       Bride & Bridesmaids dressing and getting ready for ceremony (doing makeup & hair)
  •       Bride with mother fastening her necklace
  •       Solo picture of the bride after dressing up
  •       Pictures of bride and bridesmaids all dressed up
  •       The bouquet/shoes/any accessories
  •       Bride with her father
  •       The groom and groomsmen dressing and getting ready for ceremony
  •       The groom with his best man
  •       The groom fastening his tie/putting on his suit
  •       The groom with his groomsmen all dressed up
  •       Bridesmaids and Bride/Groomsmen and Groom praying

2.   At the Ceremony

  •       Pictures of decorations and guests arriving/finding seats
  •       The groom and officiate waiting at the front of the church
  •       The wedding party (bridesmaids and groomsmen, ring bearers, flower girls)
  •       The bride and father walking down the aisle
  •       The groom when he sees his bride (this one is priceless!)
  •       The father giving away the bride
  •       Beginning prayer
  •       A close up shot of the couples joined hands
  •       Exchanging of vows
  •       Exchanging of rings
  •       Unity sand ceremony
  •       The infamous first kiss
  •       Bride and groom exiting sanctuary

3.   Formal Wedding Photos (both in the church and at an outdoor location)

  •       Bride and Groom with brides parents/grooms parents
  •       Entire wedding party (multiple poses and both locations)
  •       Bride with bridesmaids/Groom with groomsmen (both locations)
  •       Bride with her parents/Groom with his parents
  •       Bride and groom together, close ups too (multiple shots and poses, both locations)
  •       Wedding rings (both in hands and on fingers)

4.   At the reception

  •       The grand entrance of wedding party
  •       Newlyweds first dance
  •       Wedding cake, buffet table, and gift table
  •       Newlyweds at table (with wedding party too)
  •       Father-daughter dance
  •       “Dollar-Dance”
  •       Bouquet and garter tosses
  •       Groom dancing with his mother
  •       Guests dancing
  •       Cutting of the cake (and the smashing it in the face…)
  •       Any toasts that take place
  •       Newlyweds talking with and greeting guests