(Closed) Daytime Wedding Timeline??

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
7 posts
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’ve been wondering about a timeline myself! My ceremony is at 11 as well. Though my fiance and I are going to see each other before hand, so we’re planning on getting all the pictures done before the ceremony begins. But then that means starting to get ready at 8. The ceremony is at my church and the reception at a hotel about 2-3 miles away. We will have lunch and dancing. I was wondering if 3 was long enough, I’d prefer it not to last until 4. I’m not sure what else to do besides the typical wedding dance stuff. Here are my thoughts so far. My worry is I haven’t alloted enough time, especially for the pictures.

8-9: hair and makeup

9-9:30: get dressed

9:30: Fiance and I see each other and take those pictures

10: pictures with bridal party and both families

11-11:30: ceremony

11:30: travel to hotel for reception

12: lunch and mingling with guests

1: dancing begins

3: leave


And to answer you question about moving it up an hour. I think that’s reasonable for the guests. For your bridal party it could be more tricky unless you are already close to the venue. But even still it’s your day, and the bridal party should be supportive of that.

Post # 4
2 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

I dont exactly have a timeline set up, but we’re getting married at 3pm. Our photographer is booked for 3 hours, so all the super important stuff will be done in that tme. After that we’re just gonna party and hang out and dance. 

i am lucky to have a free venue booked for the entire weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) so all the decorating can be done the day before and taken down later that night or the next day. But like I said, timeline isn’t everything for us. Maybe give someone who can coordiante for you a timeline and have them make sure everything you want done is done by specific times. Then do your “farewell drive off” when you want the reception over with. I’d also start packing food and stuff up about 30 minutes before you plan to leave, so people see it and start getting the point.

As for hoping your guests stay long enough, maybe print out some “agendas” to give out and give people fun things to look forward to.

Post # 5
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Heya 🙂


Here is my timeline. Ceremony and Reception are taking place in the same location:


10:00 am: Ceremony (Same Location as Reception)

10:30 am: Cocktail Hour Begins; Formal Photos taken

11:30 am: Everyone seated for Brunch

11:40 am: Bridal Party Announced, Couple Announced

11:45 am: Dad welcomes everyone

11:50 am: First Course is served

12:00 pm: Best Man Toast. Maid/Matron of Honor Toast.

12:15 pm: Main Course is served.

12:45 pm: First Dance  

12:55 pm: Open Dancing/Mingling Begins

1:30 pm: Cake Cutting

1:45 pm: Bride and Groom Thanks 

1:50 pm: Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dances

2:00 pm: Open Dancing/Mingling Continues 

2:30 pm: Bouquet Toss

2:45 pm: Last Dance 

3:00 pm: Send Off

Post # 6
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@lizziegarland:  Thank you for sharing your pre-ceremony timeline!! I really like how you organized everything. My ceremony is also at 11, so I think I will be following your example (with the exception of pics with my FH). 🙂

Post # 7
1241 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We’re having an 11 a.m. ceremony, too! I don’t have a timeline hammered out yet, but here’s the basics of how I’d like it to go.

7:00 a.m. – hair/makeup/getting dressed and ready at the chapel

9:30 a.m. – first look/bridal party photos/family photos

11 a.m. – Ceremony at the chapel

11:30 a.m. – receiving line at chapel/people start traveling to venue (a restaurant about 10 minutes away)

12:00 p.m. – reception starts with light cocktails/appetizers. We’re having cornhole out on the lawn and a DIY photobooth to keep guests occupied, and will probably set out card games too

12:30 – bridal party entrance/first dance/toasts

1:00 luncheon served (salad course, cake cutting, entree course, dessert served)

2:00 – 4:00 dancing/mingling/games/etc.

Right now our guest list is at 100 people exactly. We’re thinking about 70-80 people will actually attend. Since the majority of our guests are FI’s family (HUUUGE family!) and are older folks, we’re going for an atmosphere of relaxed elegance, not so much a dance party.

I am thinking of tacking another photo session on after the reception. We have our photog for 9 hours, and I wanted her to show up around 8, so we technically have her until 5 p.m. I was thinking of changing into a going-away dress at the end of the reception and then heading to a local park for a few more intimate/casual shots with Fiance.

We’re also considering having a private after-party around 8 or 9 p.m. at my favorite brewery so us younger folks can party hard without disapproving stares from 2/3 of our guests, haha!

Post # 9
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Commenting to look at this for reference later. Our ceremony is at 1030am and I still need to figure out the timeline for everything else

Post # 10
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Gosh! Weddings are so short there! I forget that they tend to be 5hrs start to finish (10hrs is more the norm here).

Post # 12
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Here’s my timetable:

  • 2:30 Guests arrived with live harp and flute duo playing
  • 3:00 Ceremony meant to start
  • 3:30 Ceremony actually started (oops)
  • 4:00 Drinks, ice cream, pop corn, wandering magician, more music and photos
  • 5:00 Guests led to marquee for wedding breakfast by piper
  • 5:15 We were piped into the marquee and food was served
  • 7:00 Speeches (and magic show for kids)
  • 7:30 Evening guests arrived, pianist playing, more drinks while I changed my skirt
  • 8:00 Song from my brother and rag by my uncle both with the pianist
  • 8:15 Cake cutting and first dance
  • 8:30 Ceilidh began and we popped away for more photos
  • 9:30 Fireworks display followed by evening buffet and screening of the same-day edit of our wedding film
  • 10:00 More ceilidh and klezmer dancing with the chair dancing thrown in for good measure
  • 11:15 Disco began
  • 1:00 Disco ended and last orders at the bar
  • 2:00 We left the marquee and finally headed to bed

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