Wedding day timelines?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013


@mb0384:  I have one. It’s based on the ceremony starting at 4pm with a first look. Don’t know that helps at all, but I would be happy to type it up an send it to you. 

Post # 4
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Commenting to follow!

Post # 5
1504 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I found this that should help. Just plug in your times.


Post # 6
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Here’s our tentative timeline for First Look, 4pm Ceremony, 5:30 Reception


8:00-8:30        Bridesmaids Arrive, Breakfast @ Church
8:30-11:00        Hair & Make up @ Church
                       Groomsmen arrive at 10:30
11:00-11:30        Lunch @ Church
11:30-12:00        Putting on dress, Detail shots
12:00-12:30    First Look Photos @ Church
12:30-1:00        Wedding Party Pics @ Church
1:00-1:15        Drive to SIUE Gardens
1:15-2:15        Wedding Party Pics @ SIUE
2:15-2:35        Drive to Church
2:30-3:30        Family Pictures @ Church
3:30-3:45        Bride & Groom Letters & Gifts
3:45-4:10        Guests arrive, get ready for ceremony
4:10-4:40        Ceremony
4:40-5:10        Receiving Line
5:10-5:30        Change & Drive to Reception
5:35-5:45        Wedding Party Introductions, Bar open
5:45-6:00        Toasts
6:00-7:00        Buffet Open
7:00-7:10        Cake Cutting
7:10-7:30        First Dance, F/D & M/S dances
7:30                Dancing Opens
8:00-8:15        Bouquet & Garter Toss
8:30-9:00        Bride & Groom Pics Outside w/ Sparklers
10:30            Sparkler Exit
10:45            Drive to Hotel

Post # 8
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Here’s ours which includes getting ready and vendor setup. We also welcomed guests with a partial cocktail hour before the ceremony. We didn’t have a bridal party and skipped a few traditions:

  • 10:00am: Hair Appt

  • 12:15pm/12:30pm:  Bride and women arrive back at house for lunch 

  • 12:30pm: Make-up artist arrives at Bride and Groom’s Home

  • 1:30pm: Photographer arrives at Bride and Groom’s Home

  • 1:30pm: Groom and men arrive back at house to  get ready, in suits by 3:00pm

  • 2:30pm: Florist arrives at Bride and Groom’s house to drop off and pin-on Family Flowers

  • 3:00pm: Bride gets into her dress

  • 3:30pm: Bride and Groom first look

  • 3:45pm-5:45pm: Immediate Family Pictures around neighborhood

  • 4:00pm: Bar arrives to set-up

  • 4:30pm: DJ for Ceremony & Reception arrives to set-up

  • 4:45pm: Caterer arrives to set-up

  • 5:00pm: Photo booth arrives for set-up

  • 5:15pm: Photographer arrives at venue for detailed shots

  • 5:45pm: Guests arrive at venue

  • 5:45pm-6:30pm Cocktail Hour & Appetizers

  • 6:15pm: Bridal Party and Immediate Family arrive for ceremony

  • 6:25pm: Processional Music

  • 6:30pm- 6:45pm: Ceremony

  • 6:45pm: Mr. & Mrs.!!!

  • 6:45 – 7:15pm Cocktail Hour continues

  • 7:15pm: Guests will be invited to the 2nd Floor for Dinner

  • 7:30pm-7:40 Speeches

  • 7:45 – 9:00 Dinner and Dessert

  • 9:00pm-11:00pm: Dancing & Photo booth!!!!

  • 9:30pm: Photographer Finishes

  • 10:45pm: Last Call on Bar

  • 11:00pm: Bar Closes

  • 11:00pm: Party is Over at Venue

  • Walk to Afterparty location

Post # 9
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

Don’t forget to include:

-What time the family (including relatives who aren’t in the wedding party but you want in family photos) and the flower girl and ring bearer should arrive for pictures

-What time the wedding party should arrive (a lot of our groomsmen were late… you may want to ask them to be there an hour before the wedding or first look to give them some buffer time!)

-when/how the bouquets will be handed out to the BMs

-when/how the bouts will be pinned onto the guys (if you’re ordering boutonnieres, corsages, etc. – figure out who will help with that!)

-when your dress will be bustled (and who will help you with it!)

-if you want to provide food for the wedding party for getting ready – who will pick up the food and what time they’ll get it

-If the cake needs to be refrigerated – figure out who will take it out of the refrigerator, and when

I’ll try to think of some others that I didn’t expect until the last minute before our wedding…

Post # 10
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Mrs. Wallaby: I am a timeline control freak.  I have timelines for the groom.  My friend sho is my DOC.  Thanks for your input.  I forgot assigning who distributes bout/corsages and to assign assit with bustle.  Keep the ideas comming.  

Post # 11
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

commenting to follow too!

Post # 12
8513 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Mine is pretty tentative.  Time for my bridal party photos is pretty much set and so is the ceremony time and dinner.  Everything else (all reception events) are just guesses at this point and I might change them when I actually sit down with my caterer.


9am- ish until 11 or 12- hair and makeup (5 BM)

12-2pm- Everyone gets dressed and/or finish makeup/hair

2 pm- leave for bridal party photos

2:15-2:30- First look photos

2:30-3:30- bridal party photos

3:45- bridal party arrives at venue

4:00- formal photos/photos around venue

4:45- bridal party separates/freshen up

5:30- ceremony

6:00- guests move to reception

6:50- first dance

7:00-8:00- dinner/toasts

9:00- cake cutting (?)

9:30/9:45- cake/garter toss (?)

Midnight- end


Mine is actually a little more specific than this, but these are all the highlights.

Post # 13
21 posts
  • Wedding: January 2014

I think it depends on your style, what you want to include, etc.




Here’s mine.. 


(Most of the times are approx.)




9 – 10am: Wake up and get dressed – any regular clothes.


10:40am: Leave for Starbucks with FI. This is our ‘thing’, we can’t imagine a wedding day without Starbucks.


11:30: Drive home, stopping at FI’s family’s house on the way to check everyone is up and getting ready, maybe stay a while and see what their plans for the day are.


12 – 12:30: Arrive home. Maybe watch some TV or read something, see what’s happening online, spend time with my mum as she’ll be staying with us. Have a snack. Whatever we feel like!


2pm: Hair and makeup


2:20pm: Get wedding dress on and check FI is ready


3pm: My friend should arrive as she’s joining us in the limo


3:15ish pm: Limo arriving


4pm: Wedding starts

4:50pm: Taking a few photos in the ceremony venue

5pm approx: Other car arrives – FI and I switch to that one to get some time alone, guests go in the limo.


5:30pm: Meet at reception venue


6pm: Eat


10pm approx: Go home




Then leaving for the airport at about 5am!


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