Wedding Day Timeline

Planning and thinking ahead are important, but it is often neglected on a wedding day. If you’re planning your own wedding you should definitely think about creating a wedding day timeline — what happens when, who needs to be where, how long things last. A lot of brides get overwhelmed when it comes to planning a specific timeline because there are just so many things to think about.

Here are some simple tips to keep your wedding day running smoothly and on time:

Plan time for the entire bridal party to get ready. If you have a big bridal party as your makeup artist and hair stylist to bring assistants to cut down the time. Be sure that the bridesmaids go first so that your photographer can catch last-minute “getting ready” shots.

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Be sure your vendors know what time to arrive for setup: This is important so that your vendors are not late and show up at the time stated in their contract.

Invite Time: The invite time is the time stated on the invitations. Be prepared for both early and late guests. Plan on starting the ceremony fifteen to twenty minutes after your invite time this will give your family time to get to know each other and catch-up from the last time they’ve seen each other.

Pictures: Allow time for pre-ceremony photos and full wedding party photos after the wedding. If your family is properly organized, it shouldn’t be more than three minutes per shot. To keep guest occupied during your photos have a cocktail hour.

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The Reception: The ideal length for a wedding reception is six hours this allows one hour for cocktails, two hours for dinner and three hours for dancing. A traditional reception goes as follows:

  • First dance
  • Father/daughter and son/mother dance
  • Welcome toasts
  • Dinner/cake cutting
  • Inviting guests to dance
  • Bouquet and garter tosses
  • Farewell/breakdown

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