Wedding Day Timeline a la Pug

As I’m waiting to start my recaps, I just wanted to share a few things…

Chances are at some point you will create a day-of timeline for the wedding, which may expand into a larger timeline for the overall weekend, and include important information like important cellphone numbers that will be distributed to key people.

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So not mine but isn’t this pretty?

But I’m talking about something more hardcore than the above, with minute timing and tons of details, like that of Mrs. Daffodil.

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Her marvelous packet!

While really honing the day of timeline information only becomes practicable as you get a few weeks out from the wedding, if you’re like me, you’ll be unreasonably and prematurely excited and anxious about the timeline and create one months in advance. And you have big blank spaces in it because you have no clue about the nitty gritty of the weekend.

Anyway, to create my timeline packet, I could not but help but use the attractive and uber-impressive masterpiece from Mrs. Daffodil as a template (although for my smaller wedding, the packet was only 4 pages, because Mr. Pug would have bailed out of the wedding at anything longer). For the actual timing of the events, I heavily relied on Mrs. Tomato because her reception, like mine, was non-dancing and ended at 10 PM.

Here’s the general outline of the deets I included in my packet.

Part I: Introduction

General hello, thank you, get your ass in gear

Part II: Weekend Overview

Summary timeline of wedding weekend, including: rehearsal, welcome event, portraits, ceremony, etc.

Part III: Key Contact Numbers

Chart of cellphone numbers for key people, including: site coordinator, all vendors, bridal party, etc.

Part IV: Detailed Timeline

Oh, and here’s where you overwhelm them with the mere smidgen of planning that goes into a wedding. Here’s the gist of what mine had.

Friday, March 19

9:00 – 12:00 Pack car and drive to Half Moon Bay; drop off OOT bags

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 Final walk-through with site coordinator

Note: I built in a lot of time to the beginning part of this day and it was a good thing I did because we were running a few hours late, and only got back on track for the rehearsal

3:30 – 4:30 Rehearsal

5:00 – 6:15 Hang out at spa (I invited all female guests to come join me at the hotel’s spa to enjoy the whirlpools and chat)

6:15 Dress for welcome event

7:00 – 10:00 Welcome Event

Saturday, March 20

9:00 Breakfast

9:30 – 2:30 Ladies’ hair and makeup (I provided specific start times for each person); pick up pre-ordered sandwiches for lunch somewhere in there

12:00 – 2:30 Mr. Pug get ready; lunch

2:30 – 3:00 First Look

3:00 – 4:00 Family Portraits

4:00 – 4:45 Bride & Groom Portraits

4:45 Officiant and Groom sound check; family gathers for processional

5:00 – 5:30 Ceremony

5:30 – 5:50 Bride & Groom Post-Ceremony Portraits

5:30 – 6:30 Cocktail Hour

6:30 – 10:00 Reception

6:40 Welcome by emcee and Father of Bride toast

6:50 First course served; after everyone served, Brother of Groom toast

7:15 Second course served; after everyone served, Sister of Bride toast

7:45 Shoe Game

8:15 Third course served; after everyone served, Friend of Bride toast; open mic for guests’ toasts

8:45 Cake cutting; mingling afterwards

9:15 Cake served

10:00 Reception concludes

10:00 – 12:00 Drinks in Bride & Groom’s suite

Sunday, March 21

10:00 – 1:00 Farewell Brunch

Did you or are you going to use a timeline packet for your wedding? Did you get really giddy creating it, or really stressed out?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Pug

Location:
New York City/Half Moon Bay, CA
Wedding Date:
March 2010
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    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 4:27 pm

    Omg. This gave my heart palpitations. So necessary though. Adding this as #43 on my to-do list.

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    ErinMarieMack 728 posts, Busy bee @ 4:40 pm

    This was one of my FAVORITE tasks to do before the wedding; it was fun to see everything come together! I also should add, that the bridal party, both sets of parents and nearly all vendors commented on how helpful it was to have. Our day went off without a hitch!

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    Miss Splash 151 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:43 pm

    Amazing! I already was working on a timeline, but the one that Mrs. Daffodil did is amazing!! That’s the sort of one that I was working on– so glad I can see it and compare notes to make sure I’m not leaving anything out!

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    SabrinaR424 266 posts, Helper bee @ 4:47 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I’m also not having a dance, and I’ve been wondering if the timeline I’ve created will work well. It’s reassuring to see somebody else plan things out in a similar fashion with similar times for the different events.

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    nachos 1721 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:02 pm

    Look at you so organized! We’re just gonna wing it the day of the wedding….we have a timeline for the half hours before and after the ceremony but that’s it for us!

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    alivoo01 2625 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:16 pm

    Thanks for a visual – need to include this on my to-do list!!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:29 pm

    Thank you so much for this, I’m in the process of trying to do my timeline now and it’s soooooo hard! I’m totally struggers with it…

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    EAQ219 1458 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:36 pm

    Ok, I actually had to stop reading this because it almost made me have a panic attack. I promise I WILL read it, but right now, I just can’t. SO MANY THINGS! But it’s bookmarked, I swear. I need a Xanax.

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    lobster 668 posts, Busy bee @ 5:52 pm

    I am simultaneously in love and scared silly of this timeline.

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:10 pm

    The timeline stresses me out…each and every day! Ugh!

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    pretzel 670 posts, Busy bee @ 6:15 pm

    Seriously I had a nightmare about this last night :( Having examples to look at reassures me though. Thanks girl!

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    bobbypinpearls 1318 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:34 pm

    Those are so cute! I love it! And thanks so much for this! I really need to get started on my time line!

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    krissybee 3921 posts, Honey bee @ 8:06 pm

    yeah i def want to make a timeline! it will prob make me feel good and stress me out all at once!

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    starfish 1902 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:15 pm

    We def. need one of these, and I will use this as a reference :)

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    Jamielee 142 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:48 pm

    Oh, this is so great to read! I, too, am having an evening no-dancing reception, and am so nervous about people being bored! I am dying to know how yours went.. we’re people happy? Did the game go well, did people get into it, or did it feel silly?

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 9:55 pm

    I’m hyperventilating just looking at that. I am so clueless with respect to timelines, and I start reading them and freak out.

    I need to just man up and do it.

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    sewing 2649 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:54 am

    urghhhh. i’ve got like 50 different timeline renditions floating around..i agree it’s definitely important! but what makes me most stressed is figuring out who’s going to execute it! Thanks for your example, it’s good to see a used-timeline rather than just planned ones! did you follow it exactly? :)

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    RecessionistaBride 5018 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:04 pm

    Another neurotic bride- thank goodness! I have also utilized Mrs. Daffodil’s “packet” & I’ve been trying to pass it along to other brides in the hive! I’m up to 11 or 12 pages! Once I hand it off to my DOC and relatives… it’s out of my hands & I can only hope they follow the schedule! lol I think most of them are afraid of me… and my packet.

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    3pugmama 152 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:27 pm

    freakish as the timeline initially looked to me, all I can say is thank goodness for that little novella come reception time.

    did you pare it down for public consumption? I seem to remember it being quite a bit longer.

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    taco 946 posts, Busy bee @ 4:23 pm

    Timeline stresses me out, but I like having it done!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 8:58 pm

    We’re totally doing this!

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    kahawaii2013 35 posts, Newbee @ 3:29 am

    this is so cute.
    can you please send me the wedding timeline to
    Kennyamanda2013@gmail.com

    Thanks

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