Projected vs. Actual Timeline for Morning Wedding

posted 3 years ago in Recaps
  • poll: (Can choose multiples) Compared to your anticipated schedule, on the actual day of your wedding you:
    Ran behind schedule : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Ran ahead of scheule : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Were on-time for most of the event : (9 votes)
    47 %
    Hair/makeup took longer than anticipated : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Hair/Makeup didn't take as long as I anticipated : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Photos took longer thatn I anticipated : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Photos did not take as long as I thought : (2 votes)
    11 %
    Reception events (toasts, cake cutting, couple dances) took longer than I'd hoped : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Reception events (toasts, cake cutting, couple dances) didn't take as long as I thought : (2 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    4827 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

    I just got married a week ago so here’s my advice- EVERYTHING TAKES LONG THAN YOU THINK except for the fun stuff like dancing 🙁

    If I may giv eyou soime suggestions…

    • My hair was pretty simple and took an hour. You will DEFINITELY need more time for hair if you have a professional doing it. 
    • Makeup takes at LEAST a half an hour.
    •  I would give yourself more time in the morning to get ready, relax and enjoy the day. I know it’s early though…
    • you have 2 first dance times?
    • my “bridal portraits” took 30 mins – just me and photog with my accessories, geting into dress, etc
    • we had 7 Bms and 5 groomsmen and pretty small families on each side, and our photo portrait session with photog went from 2:45- 4:45. 2 hours is the minumum for photos. Looks like you have a good amount of time!

    Post # 4
    4827 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

    This took an hour!

    Post # 5
    620 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I’m a photographer and have been to my fair share of weddings… I’d say your itinerary actually looks bang on for the photos!

    Post # 6
    2812 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I had a morning wedding and we actually ran fairly close to schedule. We did end up cutting out a lot of time for pictures, but it feels like we got all of the important ones in. (Guess ill know for sure after we get the pro pics back!)

    My timeline was:

    5:45 am: wake up

    6 am: makeup

    7 am: hair (actually was more like 7:30, bc stylist was late… But makeup was done by 7)

    8:15 am: put on the dress (team effort here… Thanks, corset back!)

    8:30 am: drop and roll into limos

    9 am: arrive at church

    9:30 am: ceremony starts

    10:45 am: ceremony ends, receiving line starts. (Here, we are beginning to run behind bc ceremony was supposed to end at 10:30 and we didn’t intend to have a receiving line… But we were at the door, guests filed out and it seemed rude to just dash away while people were hugging us… so we went with it!)

    11 am: family and bridal party photos at church. We kept it very simple – us with all parents, brwith and groom with bride’s parents, b&g with groom’s mom, b&g with brides nuclear family, entire bridal party. Took about 15 minutes, then we headed to venue. 

    11:30 am: cocktail hour started. We took 10 minutes in the brides room to unwind and have a drink, mingled for 20 minutes then went off for an hour of pictures. 

    1 pm: reception starts. Couple introduced, first dance. Everyone seated, first course served at 1:20 pm. In between courses, we went out with the photographer for more pictures with the bridal party. Toasts start at 1:30, then second course served. 

    2:15 pm: father daughter dance, mother son dance, then dancing starts. 

    3 pm: bouquet toss, cake cutting, dessert served. 

    4:30 pm: party’s over! We intended to go take more pictures, but we were so beat, we sent the photographer home early. 

    Post # 7
    914 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I thought I was super organised but unforeseen things still come up. My advice is to be VERY conservative with your time estimates. I paid extra for all my vendors to arrive at a certain time and these were the results: Hair stylist was 10 mins late, MUA 15 mins late, videographer 15 mins late, photographer 30 mins late.  You need to also factor in commute times between venues, whether it will be difficult to find parking, traffic at certain times of day etc.

    I ran late to the ceremony and also the reception (the vendors needed lunch and it took ages for their burgers to come)

    Post # 8
    159 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Commenting to follow! I’m also having a morning wedding and I’m nervous about the timeline of events. It feels like there just isn’t enough time for everything!

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