(Closed) Wedding day timeline

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
5891 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012


10am-12:30pm- hair and makeup in the hotel suite for bridal party and me, as well as mimosas, bagels, and fruit salad

12:30-1pm- getiting ready shots, then head over to ceremony location

1-3:15pm- first look, bridal party, and couple photos

4-4:30pm- ceremony

4:30-4:45pm- family photos

5-6:30pm- cocktail hour

6:30-7-30pm- dinner

7:30pm- first dance, father/daughter dance, then open dancing

8:30pm- cake cutting and dessert bar is open

resume dancing

10pm- reception ends

10:15/10:30pm- after party starts!



Post # 4
1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I agree @MissDW:  I havent set a schedule yet & its confusing.  My ceremony is at 4pm but I havent worked out any other details…..

Post # 6
1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Yes, I could just copy your day lol 🙂

Post # 7
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

8.30 – 10.30am: Wakeup, eat cooked breakfast, shower, make sure all last bits ready, relax, tidy up

10.30am – 1pm: Family members arrive, hair and make up arrive and get applied. Have some lunch 

1.00pm: Hair and makeup done, put on dress!!! (will be taking our own photos at this point to save some money)

1.30pm: Photographer arrive

1.40pm: Bridal photos, first look photos

2.00pm: Leave for 1st photo location

2.45pm: Leave for 2nd photo location

3.45pm: Leave photo location for ceremony

4.00 – 4.30pm: Ceremony

4.30 – 5.15pm: Family photos

5.30pm: Reception start

Post # 8
5891 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Bears-bub:  looks like ours are almost identical!  what time is your reception ending?

Post # 9
5891 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

i’m so relieved to see so many 4pm ceremony brides!

Post # 11
16 posts
  • Wedding: March 2012

Found this post a few days ago.. It really breaks everything down in to detail & helped me a lot so far..

Sample Day- Timeline

Post # 12
4150 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Here’s mine…

9:30am Hair appointments begin in hotel suite

12:00pm Guys arrive at venue (my timeline is funky – the guys get there first so they can relax and play cornhole while the girls are getting their hair done)

12:30pm Limo pickup of girls at hotel

1:00pm Girls arrive at venue

1 – 2pm Bridal party gets ready at venue 

2 – 2:45pm Girls take pics

3 – 3:45 Guys take pics 

4pm Guests begin arriving

4:30pm Ceremony

5pm – 6pm Cocktail hour (while bridal party and family takes photos)

6pm Introductions & Welcome toast 

6:15 – 7:15pm Dinner

7:15 First dances

7:30 – 8:30 DANCE!

8:30pm Cake cutting & speeches

8:45 – 11pm DANCE MORE! 

11pm – Music stops and bride and groom depart

Midnight – Get the party started at the after party.

Post # 13
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

This is my vague timeline:


10:00-1:00 hair and makeup with my girls and family.

2:00ish everyone heads over to our venue to get ready for pictures, relax, have some finger sandwiches and snacks (for the girls…presumably there will be a little alcohol involved for the boys :P)

2:30-4:30 getting ready pictures, first look pictures, other pictures, more pictures, lol

4:30-5:15 RELAX! Have some snacks, have a drink, and just chill

5:15ish Ketubah signing


6:30ish-7:30 Cocktail Hour

7:30 RECEPTION! Dinner and dancing til you drop!

Midnightish Head back to our suite for our first night as husband and wife!

Post # 15
428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Thanks for starting this thread! The sample timelines I could use to produce mine. Planning on having a 4:30 pm ceremony

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