Get Me to the Church on Time
Have you thought about how and when will you arrive at the ceremony? How will you keep the groom from catching a glimpse of you? Make a plan; these important logistical decisions are all too often overlooked until the last minute.
Can I get ready at the church? Most houses of worship don't allow you to get ready on the premises, mainly because of time and space restrictions. They will often allow the bride to put her gown on at the location. You should plan on arriving with your hair and makeup done so you can easily slip on the gown. The bridesmaids, groomsmen, and families should be completely ready.
When should I arrive for the ceremony? Every location is different, but plan on arriving about sixty to ninety minutes prior to the ceremony start time. This should be enough time to slip into your gown, take a few photos, and slip away before the guests begin arriving.
To See or Not to See
Can my fiancé and I take photos together prior to the ceremony? The tradition that dictated the bride and groom should not see each other before the ceremony is a thing of the past. Today it's perfectly acceptable for the happy couple to lay eyes on each other before they say “I do.” This gives a nervous couple a moment together, and it's also an opportunity to take photos. Though this is a popular and common practice, many traditionalists still frown on it.