Wedding Day Timeline
Sorry, hive, for being a bad bee. I’m back to finish off these recaps. Let’s go.
I wanted to quickly share our wedding timeline in order to provide some context to my recaps. Feel free to steal and alter this timeline. It worked great for us—I wouldn’t change a thing. We didn’t feel rushed while getting ready, had plenty of time for photos before our ceremony, and felt like our reception was well timed.
Mr. H and little H enjoy a quiet moment on our wedding day. “Why does the timeline say ‘drop off at dog sitter’ for me?” | Source: personal
A note that this is more of a “people logistics” timeline. Our coordinator set delivery times with our florist/baker/other vendors that aren’t included in this timeline.
Our timeline, for our 4:30 PM ceremony, looked like this:
|8:30 AM||First two bridesmaids arrive at salon to have their hair done.|
|9:00 AM||Second two bridesmaids and bride arrive at salon to have their hair done.
(Note: The first two bridesmaids were done at around 9:15/9:30 AM, so we had an opportunity to relax and drink coffee while waiting for our turns.)
|10:45 AM||Groom and groomsmen arrive at house B to get ready.|
|11:00 AM||Bride & bridesmaids depart salon and head to house A to get ready.
Photographer arrives at house B to capture groom & groomsmen getting ready; departs at 11:45 AM.
Everyone: Eat some lunch!
|12:00 PM||Photographer arrives at house A to capture bride & bridesmaids getting ready.|
|1:30 PM||All parties depart for ceremony venue.|
|2:00 PM||Bridal party meets for pre-ceremony photos.
(Note: Bring a small cooler with water/snacks along with you for photos. People can snack/drink while they aren’t having photos taken so that no one gets faint. Our photographer suggested granola bars and grapes—they’re high energy and not too messy.)
|4:00 PM||Bridal party takes a break before the ceremony. Coordinator collects bridal party at around 4:20 PM to get ready for the ceremony.|
|4:30 PM||Ceremony begins.|
|~4:50 PM||Ceremony ends
Cocktail hour begins. Sparkling wine and appetisers come out. Bar opens up.
Bride & groom go take some portraits and mingle.
|6:15 PM||Guests head downstairs to be seated for dinner.|
|6:30 PM||MC introduces bridal party.
Bride & groom enter.
Dinner is served.
|8:30 PM||Bride & groom cut the cake.*
Guests head upstairs for the dance.
|9:00 PM||First dance.|
|10:00 PM||Cake comes out as the “midnight” snack.*|
|1:00 AM||Evening ends.|
All smiles. Proof that our timeline worked? | Source: personal
How is your wedding timeline looking? If you’re already married, what suggestions do you have for future brides and grooms?
Up next: We get fancy.
*You’re probably wondering, why didn’t the cake get served right away? Our dinner included dessert, and we thought it might be overkill to serve two desserts back-to-back. Our coordinator suggested that we serve our cake as a late night snack—this worked out pretty well. Some friends commented to us that they were really full after dinner and probably would have skipped cake, so they were happy that it was served a bit later in the evening.