The most important item on our wedding-day timeline is not my hair appointment or even the arrival of our guests. Our wedding-day timeline is being entirely dictated by one thing: the sun! Since we are having our wedding officiated by a rabbi, our ceremony is not able to begin until after Shabbat (Hebrew for Sabbath, or day of rest), which ends at sundown on Saturday.
I used this website to determine the time of sunset on our wedding date: in May, the sun will set in Boston at right around 8:00 PM. This was important for us to take into consideration early on, because it was a major factor in selecting a venue. Some of the venues we considered had very strict rules for when the party had to end, and that just wasn’t going to work for us! With the ceremony starting after eight o’clock, we needed plenty of time to fit in all of the fun we had planned.
We quickly realized that at this time of year, there simply wouldn’t be enough time for a ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and reception, all after 8:00 PM, without partying into the wee hours of the morning. The traditional wedding timeline was a bust!
Standard wedding timeline from Southern Weddings—great advice here!