(Closed) Help with wedding schedule

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
34 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

I think it looks pretty solid, although I haven’t done my own timeline yet so i’m not the most informed on the topic yet.

if you’re planning on doing a garter / bouquette toss that will need to be added. also, will your toasts be during dinner?

I would run it by your DJ and photographer though (and also your contact at the venue), they shoudl have a good idea of what you might be missing and whether or not this is reasonable.


Post # 4
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

I think it looks really good – you’ve put a lot of thought into it! I agree with the PP, you should definitely run it by your photographer and DJ. Your photographer can definitely give you advice on how long to expect the first look and all of the portraits to take.

One part of the schedule that I’m unsure about is the 2 hours you allotted for getting ready – how many bridesmaids do you have? And are they all getting hair/make-up done? Are you hiring one hair stylist/MUA or will he/she bring assistants? YOu should contact them to find out how long they will need, because I was very surprised at how much time we needed. I had 6 BMs, and my mom and I, so a total of 8 women getting hair done, with 4 of us getting make-up done, and it took over 2 hours, with 2 hair stylists and 1 MUA. Could you change your getting-ready time to an hour or two earlier just in case?

The other thing is, the dances definitely won’t take that long! Each dance should only take 5 minutes max (unless you choose very long songs! Which I wouldn’t recommend if you’re shy at all haha) so your dances should be done at 8:45. If you want to save time, though, if you’re doing plated dinner (rather than buffet-style), have the servers start bringing out the food at 8:30 right when your first 3 dances happen. That’s the way it’s worked at a lot of weddings I’ve been to and to be honest, you hardly even notice the servers – all eyes are on the bride and groom. That would let you do dinner from 8:30-9:30, cut the cake at 9:30, and have dancing from then until 11ish.

I just pulled up my schedule (if you PM me I could email it to you, if that would help!) and here are a few things you may want to add to your schedule, if you’re planning on doing them: groom and groomsmen getting ready (an hour before the first look worked for us!), toasts (we did them immediately after the first 3 dances), bouquet and garter toss, and what time your photographers will arrive and leave. (We booked our photographers early on in our engagement, and by the time I was finalizing our timeline the month of our wedding I had completely forgotten that I had only gotten a 6-hour package, and our wedding was 8 hours long…so the photographers left before the end of the wedding. We made sure we had all of the “main events” photographed and kept the last 2.5 hours free for dancing so we wouldn’t miss out on any important photos.

Anyways, sorry for writing a novel! I really hope this helps, I know how stressful it was planning my own timeline!

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