Wedding day Timeline – why you need one, how to make it and how to use it.
Start in the middle – with the ceremony
This is usually the first time that is set in stone. By using that as a baseline is makes it so much easier to figure out the rest of the puzzle.
Ask yourself these questions:
- How many people will be getting hair and makeup done by the same stylists? Ask the stylist how much time they estimate they’ll need
- Will you be having a first look?
- What time does your ceremony start?
- How long does it take to get from where you are getting ready, to the ceremony location?
- How long does it take to get from your ceremony location to the reception location (if applicable)?
- How long will you have your reception space/caterer/DJ?
Then go backwards and add time for getting ready and first look. Then the other way around. How does the day look now?
Talk to your vendors
They are the experts. They know how long they need to get you ready, serve the food and photograph your family formals.
Add buffers – lots of them
You never know what will happen. Add 5-15 minutes to every event on your plan. It is so much better to have a smooth stress free wedding day than to cram too many things in to a full schedule.
Remember the photographer
How many hours have you booked your photographer for? Where does that leave you? Add time or change things around to get the result you want!
Make sure everyone gets fed regularly. Seriously. You don’t want your guests get annoyed and you don’t want to faint during your portraits because you forgot to eat. Serve snacks and appetizers before the main meal.
Don’t forget about the logistics
Add plenty of time for unforseen logistics – TRAFFIC! Add time for parking and getting around – in a dress no less.
Plan for the weather
Also keep in mind that you may need time to move things around because of rain, and please do make sure you get outside for some sunset portraits when the time comes.
Share the timeline
When your wedding day timeline is ready make sure you share it with your vendors, maid of honor, toast master etc.
Planning is key here. Ask your vendors what they need and recommend you to do, add plenty of time, then write it all down and share it with key people and vendors. That goes a long way in figuring our your wedding day timeline and reducing stress on your big day.