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  • Writer's pictureMaura Lamb

Creating your Wedding Day timeline

A wedding timeline is a detailed plan of your day. It is important to have this piece to ensure that the day runs smoothly. You’ve booked your vendors and all the little details, now it's time to tie everything together.

If you are making your timeline on your own, here are a few simple tips and tricks to create your elegant, glamorous, or modern wedding!

1. Start with an outline. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Will we get ready at the venue or separate location?

  • Are the ceremony and reception at the same or different location?

  • If hiring a stylist, how many hours do they need ?

  • How many hours are we booked with vendors? Especially photographers, videographers, and music entertainment.

  • How many hours do we have with the venue? Does our venue have a curfew or noise ordinance?

  • Will we do a First Look? (If doing a first look before ceremony, post-ceremony pictures usually take between 30-45 minutes. On the other hand, if deciding not to do a first look, post-ceremony pictures can take anywhere between 60-90 minutes).

  • What time will the ceremony be, and how long do we want it to last? (on average, a ceremony is between 15-30 minutes)

  • Will we do a cocktail hour?

  • How long do we want for dinner? (a typical dinner is between 30-60 minutes)

  • Will we do a grand entrance, first dances, cake cutting, and allow any toasts? (a reception is usually 4-5 hours)

  • Are there any special activities we want to do?

  • How many hours of dancing? (on average, the dance party is anywhere between 1-3 hours)

  • What time will send off be?

Once these questions are answered, you are ready to start filling out your timeline.

2. Start early and add extra times.

We recommend starting between 8-9am to ensure enough time to get ready for the day. As well, it is best to overestimate on times, that way there is wiggle room for any changes.

4. Add in arrival times of vendors

Pencil in the times of when all your vendors will arrive.

5. Lastly.... distribute final timeline

The timeline is finished, now it is time to send to vendors, including the venue, and any family or bridal party members that are involved helping with the day.

For more assistance or a custom timeline created for your wedding, fill out this contact form below



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