(Closed) Please post your "day of wedding" timelines!!

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
70 posts
Worker bee

I would LOVE to read some others’ ideas/plans as well.

Post # 4
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013


cocktail hour

parent toasts ( breaking up toasts )


best people toasts


first dance / dance party 


i think I just doing cake and first dance as traditional thingI, but those are the only important ones to me.  my suggestion is if you don’t want to get bogged down with “events” pick a couple that you really like, and skip any you don’t so you can get to the dance party USA ๐Ÿ™‚ 


Post # 6
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Keep what ever traditions are most important to you, so that there is more time for dancing. We didn’t have many single friends, so we skipped the bouquet toss.

This was how my wedding day went:

  • 9:30-11:30am: Hair and makeup for myself and BMs @ the salon.
  • noon-2pm: Lunch with BMs and my parents/time @ hotel.
  • 2:30pm: arrived @ the venue.
  • 2:30-5pm: getting dressed, running around venue helping set up, pre ceremony pictures.
  • 5-5:30pm: ceremony (we got hitched!).
  • 5:30-6:30pm: after ceremony photos for us, cocktail hour for the guests (although honestly, I still wish I could have attended the cocktail hour)
  • 6:30-7:30: sit down dinner
  • 7:30-8pm: toasts, cake cutting, parent dances and our first dance.
  • 8-9:50pm: dancing for everyone.
  • 9:50-10pm: sparkler exit.


Post # 8
795 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - Four Rivers Environmental Center

It’s awesome to see a few timelines similar to mine! Glad I got it right! Haha.

Post # 9
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Chelwilly:  You’re welcome! I should add that our ceremony and reception were held at the same location.

Post # 10
846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

sorry mine is a little over-detailed!

 10:00 a.m. Pre-Wedding

 –10:00: Hair and makeup (2.5 hrs)

 -12:30: Lunch (30 min)

-1:00: Travel to ceremony site (30 min)

-1:30: Bride and bridesmaids get ready and bridal portraits (40 min)

-2:10: Pics of bride and maids (30 min)

-2:10: Groomsmen get ready (30 min)

2:40: Pics of groom and groomsmen (30 min)

-2:40: Double-check everything (seating chart, centerpieces, cake)

-3:10: Drive to field (10 min)

-3:20: First look and shots of bride & groom alone (40 min)

-4:00: Drive back to reception (10 min)

-4:10: Bridal party hangs out while guests are being seated (30 min)


4:30 p.m. Ceremony

-4:30: Ceremony (20 min)

-4:50: Receiving line with guests (20 min)

-5:10: Sign marriage license (10 min)

-5:20: Formal pictures with family (40 min)

-6:00: Remove veil, freshen up (10 min)


6:00 p.m. Reception

-6:10: Wedding party and bride/groom’s grand entrance

-6:15: Prayer, then dinner announced and served

-7:15: Bride/groom’s first dance, daddy/daughter dance, mother/son dance

-7:30: Open up dance floor to guests

-8:00: Cake cutting and serving

-8:30: Anniversary dance

-10:00: Set off lanterns

-11:30: Last dance and farewell!

Post # 11
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@mrs_brownie:  I think I’m going to print out your schedule as a guide since my ceremony is starting at the same time. Thanks a bunch!!

Post # 12
526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

ooh boy, I may have gone over-the-top with my details and color-coding, but if it’s helpful to anyone, here’s mine. it’s a little different because it’s a Reform Jewish ceremony on a Saturday night, but includes EVERYTHING for all the vendors to have all the details.


Vendors in bold black, contact information corresponding to numbers on reverse.



Post # 13
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

9am-12pm – hair and makeup (me, mother and 2 bridesmaids)

12.30 – string quartet and photographers arrive

1pm – ceremony

1.30-2.30 – photos

2.30 – guest line up (for 3 course dinner)

2.45 – bride and groom announced 

meal served


6pm – day finishes

7pm – evening reception begins

8pm – first dance

8.15pm – cake cutting

8.30pm – buffet open

12.00 pm – DJ finishes. Say goodnight. last dance

Post # 15
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I have been struggling with the schedule.  Some of you girls really have it down!  I am going to have to come back to this one, when I am ready to put it all down to paper.  Thanks for sharing everyone!

Post # 16
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

  • 10:00am: Bride and ladies get hair done at salon

  • 12:00pm: Bride and ladies arrive back at house for lunch with groom and families

  • 12:30pm: Make-up artist arrives at house (men head out for an activity)

  • 1:30pm: Photographer arrives at house

  • 1:30pm: Groom and men arrive back at house to shower, shave and get ready

  • 2:30pm: Florist arrives at house to drop off and pin-on Family Flowers

  • 3:00pm: Bride gets into her dress

  • 3:30pm: Bride and Groom meet in front of their house/in front of Park for first look

  • 3:45pm-5:45pm: Immediate Family Pictures around neighborhood

  • 4:00/4:15pm: DOC arrives to greet vendors

  • 4:00pm: Caterer and Bar arrive to set-up

  • 4:30pm: DJ for Ceremony & Reception arrives to set-up

  • 5:45pm: Guests arrive at venue

  • 6:00pm-6:30pm: Rooftop open for Cocktail Hour & Appetizers

  • 6:15pm: Bridal Party and Immediate Family arrive for ceremony

  • 6:25pm: Processional Music

  • 6:30pm-6:45pm: Ceremony

  • 6:45pm: Mr. & Mrs!

  • 7:15pm: Guests will be invited to the 2nd Floor for Dinner

  • 7:30pm-8:30pm/9:00pm: Dinner

  • 9:00pm: Dessert plated on 1st floor

  • 9:00pm-11:00pm: Dancing!!!!

  • 9:30pm: Photographer Finishes

  • 10:45pm: Last Call on Bar

  • 11:00pm: Bar Closes

  • 11:00pm: Out of venue

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