Post # 1
I’m working on a rough draft for our day-of timeline, and I want to see what you ladies (esp. married ones) think. I sent part of this to my photographer already, and then it turns out that I now have an extra hour with her (and her husband) because @suburbian booked a package from my referral. Yay!
Also, I don’t know where we’re getting ready yet. We (unfortunately) won’t be purchasing a house before the wedding, our apartment is too small, FMIL’s house is too small and too cluttered, and FFIL’s house is going to be FULL of people. I was considering booking a room for the girls, but I’d have to book two nights because of their check in/check out times. I might just end up talking to my Maid/Matron of Honor and seeing if her Fiance will vacate so that the girls can get ready, and then maybe FI’s cousin’s wife will vacate their room and the boys can get ready there?
8am-ish: wake up at home, eat breakfast, shower, etc.
11:30ish-12:45ish: hair and makeup at salon (can start this earlier as needed)
12: photographers arrive, J (main photog) comes to salon, P (her husband/second shooter) heads to where the boys are
12:45ish: get lunch, head back to wherever we’re getting ready to eat
1:15-2:15: getting ready/travel to ceremony location
2:15-2:30: first look
2:30-3:15: Bridal Party photos
3:15-3:45: family photos
4-4:15ish: GET MARRIED
4:15-5: more photos as needed, head to reception, more photos at that location
– announced, first dance
– speeches (MOH, Best Man, maybe one from us)
– buffet opens (us and bridal party, then guests by table)
– we eat then visit each table
– dancefloor opens
– somewhere in here, we do dessert (no cake cutting)
– more dancing
– photographers’ last call for photo requests, leave around 9:15
Post # 3
@vorpalette: BP photos?
I love it, looks great! Sometimes you can ask a hotel for an early check-in time. If you let them know the circumstances and/or speak to the front desk manager they can work with you.
Also, it looks like you have a little over an hour for hair and an hour for get ready+travel – will your make-up already be done? Is this enough time for you to get ready? Depending on travel time from the salon to your food and to where you are getting ready (you only have 30 mins) this could eat into your get ready time as well? (And you wouldn’t have time to eat if this happened). Not trying to freak you out – just giving a few different angles on what ‘could’ happen.
PS I am *not* copying you! but we have a late day wedding and a first look too – lol. She might just use the same schedule. And we’re a week apart – definate deja-vu lol.
I’m not sure I will be able to sleep in (unless we do a Jack and Jill party after the rehearsal dinner) – so I was thinking the girls and I would go to the spa in the morning…
EDIT: Bridal Party. Got it. :l
Post # 4
Do you have one stylist for every girl getting her hair done? We work with bridal parties all the time and they sometimes don’t have enough time if someone is picky and wants their hair re-done/running late/not enough stylists.
Post # 5
Not sure there’s enough time for first look? Usually they do some portraits then while you are looking your best, before the bridal party photos.
Post # 6
@suburbian: LOL I did use a timeline she sent me from another bride, so I’m sure ours will be very similar! She said that she was going to talk to P and see if he had any questions for me about it, too, so I’m waiting to hear back.
– Early check in: I thought about this, actually. I might just do this and hopefully they won’t charge me for another day.
– Like I said, I can always move the salon time back (probably to 11, but it depends on how my hair trial goes), I just have no idea how long it’s going to take to do my hair and makeup (salon time is hair + makeup). Get ready time is me putting on the dress, shoes, and jewelry–that is honestly going to take MAYBE ten minutes, but I don’t want to be rushed, and I wanted to give myself a buffer if something ran late. Travel time from salon to lunch is going to be maybe 5 minutes, and then to the hotel I’m looking at is another maybe 10? And I can be done eating in 10 minutes. Hotel to ceremony location, maybe 15 minutes.
Post # 7
@seabunny: I’m the only one having my hair/makeup done. The bridesmaids are doing their own.
@MrsTVLover: The first look time (15 minutes) was taken straight from my photographer.
Post # 8
Looks good. My only suggestion would be to over estimate on hair and make up. I planned a LOT of time for our hair and make up and we almost ran out of time.
Post # 9
@sn2bmrsmntgmry: I feel like if I move it back to 11, an hour and 45 minutes will be more than plenty. My stylist can wash, cut, dry, and style my half ton of crazy hair in less than 45 minutes (unheard of!), and my makeup should not take that long (I can do a full face in 5 minutes, so I think a pro should be able to get it done in under 30). I’m going to talk to them this weekend for some insight and schedule my trials.
Post # 10
@vorpalette: sounds perfect then! Your girl sounds really fast 🙂 I was just shocked by how long it took on my wedding day, even after I had read to plan extra time, which I did, we still were running short. I think it’s just b/c on regular days I take like 30 mins to do my own hair and make up that 2 hours seemed outrageous to me… but there was a LOT more going into the wedding day look than my normal day look 🙂
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@vorpalette: I just read this on A Practical Wedding and it was suuuper helpful