March 16, 2011

Justin & Mary: Piece of Cake Sessions

Edition # 2: Real Time vs. Wedding Time

In a bride’s life there is real time….and then there is Wedding Time.

Wedding Time does not resemble Real Time. At. All. :) Wedding Time is sort of like the Bermuda Triangle- on the wedding day, time just starts disappearing inexplicably. Suddenly, everything that takes a half hour in Real Time, takes double or triple that in Wedding Time. And no one seems to know where the time went, it’s just… gone.

The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is feel rushed. So our advice to combat Wedding Time? Build at least an extra half hour into everything. That way, the only thing you have to do on your wedding day, is soak it all in.

Things happen. Hair and makeup can take longer than expected, a flower girl can have a meltdown, and let’s face it, no matter how cooperative family members and bridal parties are, portraits will inevitably take longer than expected. But if you build extra time into your day, it doesn’t matter! Having an extra half hour (or more!) will ensure that everything goes off without a hitch. Which means you and your husband will get to spend more time together! And you’ll both be able to enjoy your day- rather than rushing from one thing to the next!!

Also make sure you leave some time for the extra things! Like travel time (what if there’s traffic?) and lunch (a bride’s gotta eat!!). It’s also a good idea to build in some time before you take off for the church! We love to have the bride all to ourselves after her dress is on for about fifteen minutes to take some portraits and give you some time to breath! And while Mary and I are hanging out with you, Justin is doing the same with your groom!

No one has ever complained about having TOO much time for portraits! Or TOO much fun hanging out with their bridesmaids! Or TOO much time holding on to your new husband. So even if you consider yourself the most punctual person on the planet….remember that’s in real time. And the laws of real time don’t apply where Wedding Time is concerned. :)


  1. ajira

    Love this advice! Will have to remind my brides!! :D

  2. Kristin Nicole

    Fabulous advice!

  3. Kim J Martin

    LOVE this Mary!! It’s one of those things that we just know from experience, but a bride doesn’t know what a wedding is really like. And it’s so true about time disappearing into the Bermuda Triangle…great advice :)

  4. katie b

    thank you thank you for the message. i will keep this all in mind on june 18 :) have a great weekend! :)

  5. Kelly Lane

    HAHAHA! What a perfect picture for this post!

  6. Jessica Sweeney

    I have experienced this! Also, Travel Time doesn’t resemble real time at all, especially the first time you go anywhere. It always somehow manages to take twice as long as I thought it would.

  7. Brooke

    That’s an awesome idea… something I will definitely consider in a few months! :)

  8. Alison Lassiter

    This is great advice! I am reposting on Facebook for my brides :)

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