Timing is Everything

In other words, the timeline. This thing was both my savior and the bane of my existence.

Initially, I was super excited to write out a timeline for the big day. Heck, we were six months out and I was running around telling Foxy that we needed to get. it. done. now. How could we wait? The wedding was only six months away! I need to know what I’m doing! Everyone else needs to know what they’re doing! How could this possibly wait?!

Well…it did wait. And the week before the wedding, I realized I still didn’t have a timeline. I mean, I had an order for the girls to get their hair done in the morning, but that was about it. At that point, I just stopped caring. Wouldn’t the magical wedding gods just do their thing and everyone would just know where to go and where to be?

Um…no. Trust me, it doesn’t work that way. Even with a timeline. Thankfully, I had officiant Em to kick me in the butt and get me moving on this—AKA, she took her old wedding day timeline and substituted in all my information. Huzzah!

Which is how we went from a vague idea of the hair schedule, to this:


Wedding Day Timeline

 Saturday, June 16 – WEDDING DAY!

5:00am: Steph wakes up, showers

6:00am: Brianna (hair stylist) arrives; Bridesmaids arrive at bridal suite: Arrive with wedding day attire (dress, shoes, accessories, make up, undergarments). Bridesmaids will get ready in bridal suite; Meghann hair

7:00am: Lauren (make-up artist) arrives, begins Steph’s make-up; Jess hair

8am: Chasi gets breakfast for the group; Ashley hair

9:00am: Abby hair

10:00am: Steph hair

**In between hair, Bridesmaids should be doing make up**

11:00am: Martha hair; Laura (photographer) arrives at bridal suite; 2nd shooter goes to Scot’s suite

**Don’t forget to give Laura accessories, invitation, other details**

11:30am: Mackenzie hair; BMs should be finished dressing at this time

12:00pm: Steph gets dressed!

12:30pm: Florist drops off bouquets; bridal portraits?

**Once each BM is finished with hair/make up, they should take their things back to their respective rooms**

12:45pm: First Look (location TBD on Friday)

**Entire Bridal Party needs to be in front of the Vandiver Inn at 1:00PM**

1:00pm: School Bus leaves for lighthouse; bridal party pictures

2:00pm: School Bus departs lighthouse for Lock House; more bridal party pictures

2:30pm: Scot and Steph’s family arrives at Lock House for family portraits

2:30pm-3:15pm: Family portraits

3:15pm: Drive back to Vandiver Inn; back by 3:30pm

3:50pm: Begin lining up; follow Chasi’s lead!

4:00pm: Officiant (Emily), Scot, and Adam walk up the aisle

4:01pm: Music for Bridal Party starts

Meghann and John

Abby and Matt

Gaby and Eric



4:05pm: Music for Steph starts

4:30pm: Ceremony is OVER and it’s COCKTAIL TIME!

**After the ceremony and recessional please follow Scot and Steph (circle around house, back to gazebo); Jess and Ashley will bustle Steph’s dress prior to going to cocktail hour.

4:45pm: Steph and Scot arrive at cocktail hour, no announcement

5:15pm: Guests move to pavilion

5:25pm: Scot and Steph announced at reception, party begins!!


Yep. Everyone even knew when I showered, which became a running joke of the wedding weekend. Whatever, at least they knew I was clean.

Now, for all my insanity then nonchalance about the timeline, I came to realize that it was absolutely crucial. I had very few people actually ask me when they were supposed to be somewhere or do something, and when they did, they got the same answer as everyone else: Where’s your timeline? Look at your timeline! (I promise it wasn’t as bitchy as it sounds…that became the other running joke of the weekend!) Because…well…heck *I* knew what time we were supposed to be anywhere or do anything. To which everyone taunted me with “Where’s your timeline?!” Jerks.

I have to say, though, that we ran fairly close to on-time all day thanks to this thing. That, and the mad wedding-coordinator-extraordinaire skills of officiant Em.


At the rehearsal…you don’t want to cross this girl. 😉

 Did you or will you have a timeline for your wedding day? Did you end up following it in the end?


Mrs. Fox

Washington DC/Havre de Grace, MD
Wedding Date:
June 2012
Gallery of the Day
a phiLOVEdelphia story: Becoming a Bride
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  1. coyote Bee
    coyote 2051 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:08 pm

    Giiiirl, where were you a month ago?! I did not have a timeline and it was bad. Very bad. Bahahaha.

    Ladies… Follow Mrs. Fox’s advice. Don’t do what I did! 😉

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:28 pm

    I wish I had made a timeline more like your’s or Mrs. Turkey’s. The best man, with whom we live, kept freaking asking me when and where things were happening. Nothing’s changed since the first ten times. Leave me alone.

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    mowi322 465 posts, Helper bee @ 9:09 pm

    I had a detailed, color-coded timeline and everyone teased me about it. But did everyone know when/where to go & what to do? Why yes they did! Our day went super smoothly, even though people still tease me about it to this day (and it’s been almost 3 years!)

  4. msfairy Bee
    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 8:29 pm

    I’m four weeks out, and you’ve convinced me I need to start my timeline asap 🙂

  5. mstreasure Bee
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:10 pm

    The timeline is causing me stress right now. There’s so much going on! Thanks for posting yours. It’s helpful to see what others have done.

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:59 am

    The timeline is a brilliant way for my Type-A self to think I DO have everything under control. 😛

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    TierraS 175 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:44 am

    Timelines are awesome!!! I have 83 days until my wedding and my mom and I have been working on mine

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