In the weeks leading up to the wedding, I was consciously avoiding creating our itinerary. People needed this stuff - our DJ, videographer, photographer, venue coordinator, bridesmaids, etc. were asking for it. I kept dodging it until the last minute. I didn't know how to logistically conquer that day.
At the last second I threw it together. It was TIGHT. And it made me CRAZY stressed. I didn't even want to think about how I was going to get my hair done, makeup on, dress on AND do the decorating for the lodge. I didn't know how much time certain things would take. We were going to wing it...and fly by the seat of our pants. Tight scheduling can be stressful...and if something was even slightly off chaos may erupt. But. I had no idea how to create an itinerary. I sent it off to the venue coordinator and asked her opinion (she does this for a living, she must have some feedback) except she said it looked great! So. I closed my eyes and sent it out. I was stressed just thinking about that psycho sounding day of running around, decorating, rehearsing, getting ready, pictures, etc. It was all so overwhelming.
I got a phone call from Heather, of One Love Photo, the day before the wedding. She is clearly a wedding professional, with sincere feedback and dynamite ideas. She suggested that the itinerary I created might be a tad stressful and suggested a NEW schedule that rocked. Her schedule promised to give Tommy and I a "breather" of a day, as it freed up the afternoon for us to enjoy. Our families GRACIOUSLY decorated for us that afternoon...but I will share more of that later.
Heather's amazing itinerary suggestion:
12:00-Hair and makeup done
1:00-Bridal Party (hair and make up done but not dressed), help Jes get into her dress
1:00- Heather and Jon arrive, Photos of dress, final touches, get into dress
1:15-Bridal Party heads up to Snowbowl to help with set up
1:20-Tommy and Jes: 1st Look at Hotel
1:30-Shoot pictures downtown
2:00-Family and Friends set up the venue at Snow bowl
2:50-Arrive at Snow Bowl and greet family and friends, check out the set up progress
2:50-Bridal party grabs flowers, Girls help pin boys flowers on.....
3:00-Bridal Party dressed and ready for Photos-Take Photos!!!
3:30-Family Dressed and ready for photos
4:00-Done with group photos
4:10-Shoot details in lodge
4:15-Breathe Deep and prepare for ceremony, guests arriving....
I love that Tommy and I had that afternoon to be together, to swoon over how handsome we looked, and to smile and kiss in front of the One Love Photography team. It was fantastic! We owe Heather and Jon a ton for the help with all of that. AND we owe our generous family A TON for setting everything up so beautifully!