(Closed) Give Me Your Wedding Day Timeline!

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

We had a 5pm ceremony too, so hopefully this works- we (BM and I) got ready at my house which is about 45 mins drive from the venue.

First thing was the photos of the boys- 1pm. The photographers were with them for about an hour and them came to be with us girls. This suited them as they could relax afterwards before going to the venue.

Hair and Make up was tricky cause I had make up at my house, and hair at the hairdressers, so I’ll just say that these were finished by 3:00 for my stuff and 3:30 for my Bridesmaid or Best Man. The photographers got to my house at about 2 (prob a bit after?) to take photos of the ‘stuff’ (dress on hanger, jewellery…) and help me not feel stressed! Flowers arrived 3:30ish.

3:30-4:15 was photos at the house of Bridesmaid or Best Man and I (and I got mum in a couple too!).

5:00 ceremony. I arrived at 5:01- was the hottest day of summer so I didn’t want everyone waiting for us and we had already done acouple of laps around the block lol

5:30- family photos (quickly!) then bridal party photos

5:45 entree/ starters (we asked for this to be nice and early- this was brought out to the bridal party during photos)

7:00- formal entrance, then quick cake cutting, then first dance (to get it over and done with!) and then mains 🙂 I REALLY didn’t want mains to come out late…

8:00 speeches (if people were still eating then so be it…) then dance music (we did an iPod with requested songs and played these then)

8:30 dessert then more dance songs once the requested ones were over…

11:00 leave (though we ended up staying later hehe)


not perfect, but it worked for us!

Post # 3
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

11am – Hair and Make-up, getting dressed

2pm – pre-ceremony pictures (standard bride & groom shots, close family) in a location away from the ceremony location

4pm – ceremony

5pm- sweet tea and welcome drinks at reception venue

7pm – 2-course dinner

8/8.30pm – first dance

0.30am – last call

1pm – party is over, although we might spontaneously decide go to the casino or club around the corner

We are keeping things simple, though – no speeches, no games. I was totally in love with a wedding cake but decided against it once I realised it would interrupt the flow of things. Instead, we are using cake stands with cupcakes and cookies, and Ferrero Rocher pyramids as centerpieces. That way everyone can just help themselves when they are hungry and we don’t have to pay extra for centerpieces.

Post # 4
2896 posts
Sugar bee

Man…we had a long day and it’s too much to type out.  I’ll just attach a screen shot of what my planner had for us..just ignore the instructions she had for our other vendors yell


Post # 5
494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Here was mine. Aside from being 5 mins late to the reception after photos, we ran on-time or even early for some parts! For hair and makeup there was me, mum and 4 bridesmaids. The primary MUA did everyone’s makeup and hair for me and mum. And another hairstylist did the bridesmaids. Our venue and the 2 houses we got ready at were all within 15 mins drive of each other which meant our photographers could travel between both groom and bride for getting ready pics and our cars could make 2 trips. 


8:00am hair and makeup starts

10:00am second hairstylist arrives

12:30pm photographers/video arrive

2:00pm hair and makeup finish, take pics

3:30pm cars collect groom and groomsmen and take to the venue

4:00 cars return to collect bride and bridesmaids

4.10pm guests arrive for ceremony

4.30pm bride arrives, ceremony commences

5:00pm ceremony concludes

5.15pm-6pm Family and bridal party photos on-site. lawn games/refreshments

6.00pm cocktail hour. Bride and groom portraits off-site

6.45pm guests invited inside and seated

7.00pm bridal party welcomed

7.10pm entrée served

7:45pm speeches and cake cutting

8.15pm mains served

9.10pm bridal dance

9.30pm dessert served

11.00pm function concludes


Post # 6
1923 posts
Buzzing bee

Mine will be:

10 am – brunch catered to hotel room

11 am – hair and makeup begin 

2:30 pm – leave for first look pictures and wedding pics 

5 pm – ceremony 

5:30 pm – cocktail hour begins 

6:30-6:45 – reception begins 

2 am – bar closes and start packing up

3 am – out of the venue 

Post # 7
1103 posts
Bumble bee

Ours is weird, there are dif travel times because larger vehicles can’t take the main roads where we are, but here is ours. 


7am-12pm – hair and make up for 9 ladies

12pm – photo and video arrives at the hotel 

12pm – 1:30pm – getting ready photos (wedding party, detail shots, first look with dad, etc.

1:30-2pm – bride and groom travel to ceremony site

2pm – 2:45 – first look, wedding party travel to ceremony site

2:45pm – 3:30pm – bridal party and immediate family photos

3:30pm – hide and relax before ceremony

4pm – 4:45pm – ceremony

4:45 – pictures with immediate family and grandparents

5pm – guest shuttle and bridal party head to reception

5pm – 5:30pm – bride and groom post ceremony shots

5:30pm – 6pm – bride and groom head to reception

6pm – 7pm- cocktail hour

7pm – introduction, first dance, father daughter, mother son dance, food orders taken

7:30pm – appetizers, dancing

8:30pm – entrees served, toasts, cake cutting

9pm – photo/video leave, more dancing

9:30pm – cake/dessert served

10pm – first guest shuttle leaves, dancing

11pm – last guest shuttle, bride and groom depart. 

Post # 9
1103 posts
Bumble bee

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kcoast :  If you aren’t doing pictures after your ceremony, and your guests aren’t sitting around unhosted between ceremony and reception, there’s no need 🙂 

Our venue offers a cocktail hour with the standard package (in other words, they won’t not do one) and we’re doing a first look, so we’re going to use it as an opportunity to greet all of our guests instead of doing a receiving line or going table to table during the reception.

Post # 10
1727 posts
Bumble bee

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kcoast :  here’s ours.

800- meet at brides apartment to leave for hair/makeup

830- hair and makeup appts start

1000- Starbucks

1030- pick up ring bearer, flower girls, and Future Sister-In-Law from hotel, go to farm to get ready

1030- guys go to brunch

1130- guys get ready

100- guys get picked up by limo to go park

130- ladies get picked up by limo to go to park

200- prelude music, wedding starts

220- receiving line then pictures at park

330- bus to college for pictures

400- drinks at local bar

400- cocktail hour starts

445- arrive at farm, bride changes into reception dress

500- grand entrance

515- blessing

530- dinner and toasts

630- cake cutting, clear dance floor

700- first dance, father/daughter, mother/son

730- anniversary dance (no bouquet/garter toss)

800- sunset pictures

1130- last call

1155- last dance

1200- happy birthday

1200-100- clean up farm, leave

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