(Closed) Day-of Timeline

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
174 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011


Hi! Getting married in 3 1/2 weeks. so we’ve just been working on this. Our ceremony starts @ 5:00, and so far the timeline looks like this:

11:00 – 2:00 Hair/makeup – vendor wants 1 1/2 hrs. for me, an hour each for BMs… so depends on how many you have, how elaborate things are; mine’s starting at 11 or so, still have to work this out. Also – we’re doing photography at a hotel near ceremony venue…

2:30 to 4:00 Photography/First look. Again, amount of time it takes depends on how many people involved, we’re taking pics of all Wedding Party.

4:00 Photographer heads over to ceremony/reception site, takes pics of all details, pics of guests arriving, etc.; sometime soon after Wedding Party goes to venue, hides out.

5:00 Ceremony

5:30ish Cocktails/new husband and I take a bit of time alone together, then join guests

6:30ish Introduced formally, First Dance, we welcome guests, then dinner

7:45 or so – dancing/dinner is over

8:30 – Cake

10ish – DJ is done; we have the place a bit later so people can linger over coffee

We’ve worked out more details than that, but as far as the timeline for the day goes, that’s pretty much it. Hope it helps.

Post # 5
708 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Here was mine. Hope this helps

7:00 a.m. Bride wakes up and showers

8:00 a.m. Bridesmaids meet for breakfast  

8:10 a.m. Hair and Make-Up begin  

11:00 a.m. –  Bouquets arrive to hotel

                  Groom depart hotel

 11:30 a.m. Photographer Arrives 

12:00 p.m. – Flower Girls arrive at hotel suite for pictures

1:00 – guests board busses at hotel and depart

 1:15 – Limos depart hotel

1:30 – Groomsmen photos at church

 1:50 – Wedding party lines up

 2:00 – Ceremony begins

3:00 – Mass ends

Family and Bridal party back in church for pictures

4:00 Bride and Groom leave for formal pictures in limo

4:00 Bridal Party and family limos leave for reception

5:00 p.m. – Bride and Groom arrive at Reception      

5:00 p.m. – Cocktail Hour Starts  

6:00 p.m. – Reception starts


    • Guest Seated
    • Announce Bridal Party
    • Announce Bride and Groom   
    • First Dance
    • Short Dance Set
    • Salad Served, Entrée Orders Taken
    • SpeechesDance Set
    • Dinner Served
    • Father/Daughter Dance
    • Mother/Son Dance
    • Everyone on the Dance Floor!  

8:30 p.m. –

  • Bagpipes
  • Cake

 10:00 p.m. – Reception Ends

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