I’m sure my fellow type-A brides can sympathize with one of my biggest pre-wedding fears: Mass chaos. The closer the big day came, the more I worried about the specific timing of events. The thought of missing bridesmaids, groomsmen wandering off, being disorganized, and missing out on certain things such as family photographs made my heart palpitate a bit faster. I knew that things running smoothly was key to me staying calm. Because of this, developing a wedding-day timeline was of the utmost importance to me.
I started off by researching timelines that included a first look. Many photography websites include sample timelines that gave me a better idea of how much time each “event” should take. Here is the photography breakdown I developed from samples:
Using this as my guideline, I started with my ceremony start time (5 PM) and then worked my way backward to the beginning of the day. Adding travel time was key. Without it, the schedule would have been off by at least 30–45 minutes by the end of the day! For the reception timeline, my DJ/master of ceremonies was a huge help.
For those interested, here is the actual Hawk wedding-day timeline:
Phew! Distributing the timeline to the bridal party was a relief. I knew by providing this I wouldn’t have to be worried about rounding everyone up. I still heard a question or two like, “What time do we have to be at Wren again?” The running joke continued to be, “You obviously haven’t read your timeline.” Trust me, I didn’t mind the occasional teasing, though. The wedding day went more smoothly than I could have imagined!
Did you/will you write a detailed schedule out for your wedding party?