Post # 1
I just need someone to help me fill in the blanks of my VERY bare timeline.
I have my 4 bridesmaids and myself getting ready starting at 9am.
Ceremony starts at 3pm.
Receiving line- YES
Dinner is at 7pm.
I have my photographer for 8 hours…preferably from 1-9pm so I’m thinking first dances/cake cutting before dinner?
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
Here is my timeline. I hope it can help serve as a guide for you. 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
Most weddings I have been to recently do it in the following order….
Getting ready. (you’ll want a few photos of this but some can be faked so you shouldn’t need a photographer there the whole time)
Pre-ceremony photos. (first look? & bridal party)
Ceremony. Receiving line.
Post-ceremony photos (family, you & him if you didn’t do a first look)
Bridal Party entrance. Mr & Mrs Entrance straight into 1st Dance. follow first Dance with cake cutting.
Follow dinner with other special dance – father/daughter… mother/son… anniversary dance… etc to invite people to the dance floor.
Post # 4
That is an awful long time between the ceremony and dinner. I see no problem in doing the cake cutting and first dances prior to dinner, but is there anyway you can move dinner up? We had our dinner at 6:00 for our 3:00 Catholic wedding, and I still think I would prefered having dinner at 5:30.
Post # 5
<div>8:30am- Girls come to House</div>
<div>9:00- Hair and Make up begins for bridesmaids</div>
<div>11:00- Brides hair and make up starts</div>
<div>Noon- Light lunch- finishes hair and mkaeup</div>
<div>1;00- Photographer arrives – takes photos of bouquets, traditions photos.</div>
<div>1:30- Bridesmaids photo shoot-</div>
<div>1:45- Dress is put on- photos/bridal shots/ first look from dad</div>
<div>2:10- Photographer travels to ceremony location- groomsmen getting ready.</div>
<div>2:30- People arriving -prelude music starts- photos of ppl arriving</div>
<div>2:45- bridesmaids travel to ceremony</div>
<div>3:00- Ceremony starts</div>
<div>3:40- Ceremony ends</div>
<div>4:00- Family/Wedding Party/Couple photos at Grafton Village Inn</div>
<div>6:00- Receiving line at The Meeting Place</div>
<div>6:30- First Dance</div>
<div>6:45- Cake Cutting</div>
<div>7:00- First course is served</div>
<div>7:30- Main course is served</div>
<div>8:00- Dessert is served- Speeches begin</div>
<div>- Best Man</div>
<div>- Maid of honour</div>
<div>- Father of Groom</div>
<div>- Father of Bride</div>
<div>8:45- Father/Daughter Dance- at the conclusion of dance- MC announces dancing</div>
<div>9:00- Photographer leaves</div>
<div>Is this okay? yes, i know it’s a long time in between. It’s the norm where I’m from.</div>
Post # 6
alysee: Here was my timeline, hope it helps. For what its worth I made sure to get my hair/MUA to give me an approixmate idea of how long each girl would take. I had 4 BMs and myself. So 5 in total.
9:30 – 1:30 – Hair & makeup (BMs get dressed around 1ish)
12:45 – Photographer arrives (getting ready shots, detail shots)
1:30 – Bride gets dressed
2:00 – Groom and groomsmen arrive at house (some photos of just the guys tieing ties, bouts, etc)
2:15 – First look photo
2:30 – 4:00 – Bridal party photos
4:15 – Bridal party gets in limo to venue
4:45 – Bridal party arrives at venue where family is setting up
5:00 – Brief run through/meeting with Officiant, Guest arrival, bridal party mingles
5:30 – Ceremony
6:00 – Cocktail hour, family photos
7:00 – Guests take their seats in reception space
7:10 – Bridal party introductions
7:45 – 9:00 – Dinner & speeches
9:15 – First dance
9:20 – Dancing
10:00 – Photographer done!
Hope that helps 🙂