I just got engaged 2 weeks ago, so I’m not certain of our timeline, other than that the wedding is at 10 a.m. and we have to be gone from the venue by 1 p.m. The reception and ceremony are on the same grounds (a lovely chapel with a stone, covered pavilion for the reception). This is a bit of a destination wedding for everyone, as it’s in the town my husband-to-be and I will be living (we only have time for a 1 day honeymoon), but neither of us are moving there until about 3 weeks before the wedding. I won’t have the luxury of much DIY. 🙁 We will have to hire a caterer, florist, etc. Friends will be able to help with reception decor.
We want good photos, but I don’t want hours and hours of them (not to mention that my fiance is incredibly uncomfortable in front of a camera). I love the journalistic photos done these days, so I’m hiring a photog who’s good with candid shots and finding creative details. We haven’t yet discussed my timeline, though!
My reception timeline is what’s fuzzy for me right now. I don’t know what’s supposed to be done when, and we don’t have long timeframe!
5:30 am waken & start getting ready (everyone will be doingtheir own hair and makeup)
7:15 am Drive to ceremony site
7:30/7:45 am Arrive. Unload any decor for the reception. Begin dressing/photos of dressing details
8:00 am Friends/family begin decorating for the reception. Caterer and Florist arrive to setup.
8:15/8:30 am Photos of the Couple
8:45/9:00 am Photos of wedding party, then family
9:30 am Formal photos end; prelude music begins. Bridal party retires to dressing rooms (or maybe I’ll hide away in the chapel balcony to listen to the music 😉 ).
10:00 am Ceremony
10:30/10:45 am Receiving line as guests exit the church. Guests adjourn to the reception. Brunch buffet opens. Any remaining photos taken in the chapel.
11:00/11:15 am Bride and Groom join the guests. First dance (maybe? not sure it we’ll have dancing).
11:15/11:30 am Bride and Groom are seated with wedding party to eat. Guests may come up to the table to visit with the Bride and Groom (2 chairs placed across from the couple for the guests).
12 noon Cake cutting and toasts.
12:30 p.m. Bride and Groom leave the reception. Clean-up begins (thank you family!).
1 p.m.-3 p.m. Possible after-photos.
3? p.m. until Monday: Honeymoon!!