Our photographer requested a Day-of timeline from me, and I sent one to her. Little did I know, it was borderline pathetic. Since she’s had more experience with weddings than I, she kindly sent me a sample of a GOOD timeline, and I quickly spiffed mine up a bit. Your day of will obviously be very different from mine, but it’s nice to have a place to start, as I know the sample that Sarah sent me was heaps of help.
I did mine in Google Docs, and e-Mailed it to everyone involved in the wedding, and also brought copies to the rehearsal dinner for anyone who needed a printout. Google Docs allow you to create documents or spreadsheets that are stored online. You can share your document via email with anyone you like, and allow (or disallow) them to make changes to it, that you’ll automatically see. The great thing about Google Docs is that when you update the document, you don’t have to resend it to all your friends…they will automatically always have the latest copy.
WEDDING DAY INFORMATION:
LIST OF IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:
Wedding Party -
Maid of Honor
Flower Girl’s Parents
Ring Bearer’s Parents
Mother of the Bride
Father of the Bride
Mother of the Groom
Father of the Groom
Cab Companies nearby
LINK TO DIRECTIONS FROM HOTEL TO CHURCH (MAP)
LINK TO DIRECTIONS FROM CHURCH TO VENUE (MAP)
LINK TO DIRECTIONS FROM VENUE TO HOTEL (MAP)
LINK TO DIRECTIONS FROM HOTEL TO AFTER PARTY (MAP)
DAY OF TIMELINE
7:45 AM – Breakfast, Shower
9 AM – Hair Appointment
Salon Name/Hairdresser name
11:00 AM – Makeup appointment
12:30 PM – Bridesmaids arrive to bridal suite bride to put on dress, jewelry. Bridesmaids’ hair and makeup done, ready to go by this time. Photographer, 2nd shooter begin shooting day. Photographer arrives at bridal suite. 2nd shooter to hook up with Groom/Groomsmen at this point.
Groom’s location (Hotel)
Groom’s Hotel Room #
12:30 PM – Personal Flowers Delivered to Residence/Bridal Suite by Coordinator.
Residence or Bridal Suite Address
Phone number of Residence
12:45PM – Put on dress, Pictures of putting on dress, bridal details (all rings, jewelry, shoes, dress, etc)
1:45 PM – Depart from home/hotel to head to venue (Photographer, all Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, flower girl and mother, Immediate Family) Everyone is entirely dressed and ready to go before arriving to venue.
2:15 – Arrive for Group pictures at venue- (Photographers, all Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, flower girl and mother, Immediate Family)
2:15-3:15 – first look, bride and groom portraits
3PM – DOC Arrives to help set up centerpieces, oversee setup
3:15 – 5PM – Photography
15 – 20 minutes for Bride/bridesmaids
15 – 20 minutes for Groom/Groomsmen
10 – 15 minutes for entire wedding party pictures
15 minutes for bride’s family portraits
15 minutes for groom’s family portraits
15 minutes for Both family portraits
4:30 PM – Bus departs from Hotel to head to venue
5- Pictures wrap up (MUST)…everyone get inside to cool off and relax…Photographers take detail pictures at this point…everything should be set up by now.
5:15 – Bus Arrives
5:30 – Ceremony Starts
6:00 – Ceremony Ends, Cocktail Hour Begins,
6:15 – 6:45 – Cocktail Hour
7:00 – Guests asked to be seated for dinner
7:10 – Grand Entrance, Bridal Party
7:20 – First Dance
7:25 – Cake is cut, Dinner is immediately served. Photographers break for Dinner.
8:00 – Champagne Toasts. Photographers resume taking pictures.
8:30 – Dinner cleared, Cake is Served.
8:40 – Father Daughter dance, Mother son dance (Simultaneous)
8:45 – Dancing begins
9:55 SHARP – Last Dance
10:20 – Buses Leave
11 – Party continues at Bar/Restaurant
Name of after party bar/restaurant
And if you want to know whether an anal-riffic timeline helps? It does! Our wedding started on time, to the exact minute!
Not all timelines are created equal. For a really fun picture filled timeline that I love, check out: