Post # 1
I need some advise. I was hoping you can help me come up with a day-of timeline.
Ceremony and Reception is at the same place. The Ceremony will be in the morning. We have the banquet hall from 10am-2:30pm.
What time do we all need to start getting ready? What time should the Ceremony start? I also wanted to take pictures at another locations (10-15 mins away) in between the Ceremony and Lunch with parents, bridal party, FH, etc.
Does this sound doable?
Post # 3
I would talk to your photographer and see when they need to start taking pictures. Ours requested an hour beforehand to get most of the pictures out of the way so that guests aren’t waiting to long after the ceremony. I would allow at least 30 mins to get into your dress, shoes, jewelry and veil. Then give yourself at least an hour for hair and make-up. Hope this helps
Post # 4
That helps alot! Thank you. We’ll be meeting with the photographer this evening.
Post # 5
I’m in the same boat. Our ceremony starts at 10:00 am and our reception is in the same location. I think the key for any bride is to remain flexible so little changes don’t stress you out but have a timeline prepared (as a guide) so you stay on track.
To make this even more of a challenge, our wedding venue (a botanical garden) will not allow us to come in until 9:00 am (so we are getting ready off site)!
5:45am Attendants meet in room “A”
6:00 make up artists come to hotel to do makeup & hair for attendants then bride
6:30 Make up for bride
7:00 Hair for birde
8:00 change into dress and wedding attire
8:30 walk downstairs, get into car
8:40/45 drive to wedding venue (4 miles away)
9:00 get into gardens, park car (groom goes to other entrance)
9:10 first look with photgrapher & groom
9:20 a few photos of the bridal party… I thought this would be a great way to get the most important people there ON TIME :-)… if we have extra time they will take some shots of the parents &siblings
9:40 Musicians begin to play and prelude begins
10:00 ceremony begins!
Whew! I hope it all works out as planned 🙂
Post # 6
Oooh, I love “timelines”! Here’s my suggestion:
5:30am – Wake up, princess bride! It’s your wedding day! Shower, eat breakfast (very important to eat breakfast!)
6am to 8am – Hair, make up, pretty-fy
8:30am – 9:30am – Drive to wedding site (depends of course, how far you are & traffic)
9:30am – Be at wedding site already. (Pee if you have too. It’s gonna be a looong day.)
10am to 11am – Ceremony
11am to 11:45am – Appetizers for guests while you take pictures (Strongly suggest using the local site to take pictures vs driving to another site for pictures.)
11:45am – DJ or Man of Honor to calls guests to sit down
12noon – Grand entrance
12:10pm – “Thank you for coming” speech from the groom
12:15pm – Lunch is served
2:30pm – End reception
Post # 7
Great suggestion, Vintage. I started my timeline with suggestions from my photographers who are familiar with our wedding venue. After getting that set, I just worked backwards.
Best of luck! 🙂
Post # 8
Love your timeline too, Hazel! I didn’t get the rest of our day in there but like the way you’ve got it set up! I’m going to use your template for reception! 🙂
Post # 9
Good luck! and Thank you so much!
The good thing is we’ll be getting ready that morning at the hotel where the Ceremony and Reception will be taking place.
That’s exactly what I was looking for (about what time to start getting ready, etc.) The only thing were taking out is the first look (saving it till I walk down the aisle) So we might have to get ready even earlier to save enough time for our off-location photos after the ceremony
Post # 10
Glad I could help, knikolle & MzJrmz! I love organizing anything! =) Part of the Type A personality and the love of weddings! Have fun planning, ladies!
Post # 11
Google documents has a spread sheet for your wedding schedule I just found out today… also some wedding planning books have schedules too…
Hope this helps!