(Closed) Show me your simple wedding day outline/schedule

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Post # 2
3046 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Ours is simple bc we aren’t doing a lot of traditional stuff. 15 minute or less ceremony @ 11 am, take a few pictures during cocktail hour, join friends and family around 1230 pm for lunch, thank guests for coming, cut the cake and enjoy spending time with loved ones. 5pm end. There are no announcements or specific events. If anyone wants to toast they can, if people want to dance they are free to do so whenever. I’m fairly relaxed on any given day and determined to feel the same on my wedding day. So this is less of an outline and more whatever happens is cool and we’ll roll with it. 😉 Photographer will be there until 3 pm and knows aside from specific cocktail hour shots he’s free to capture whatever photos he thinks we’d like to have.

Post # 3
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I wouldn’t necessarily consider mine simple but it might help you! Mine is also pretty loose right now and might change 🙂


7:30AM – Wakeup/breakfast for BM’s, all BM’s at rental house if they didn’t stay the night

8:00AM – Hair/Makeup begins

9:45AM – Groomsmen wake up/start getting ready/breakfast/shower

10:50AM – Light lunch at the rental house for the wedding party

11:30 AM – Bride gets in dress

11:45 AM – First look with bridesmaid/mom

12:15 PM – Head to our venue (FI + I, separately)

12:30 PM – First look w/ Fiance at Venue + B/G Pics

12:45 PM – Immediate family meets at venue (siblings, parents)

1:00 PM – B + G and immediate family pics (siblings, parents)

1:15 PM – Bridal Party heads to venue

1:30 PM – Bridal Party pics @ Venue

2:15 PM – Limo Arrives @ Venue, we will be heading offsite for pics elsewhere

3:45 PM – Limo Departs from offsite, heads to venue

4:30 PM – Limo arrives, bridal party waits inside for a couple minutes and drinks/celebrates until everyone @ venue is seated

4:45 PM – Wedding party lines up outside ballroom for processional

4:45 PM – Ceremony begins

5:05 PM – Ceremony concludes

5:10 PM – Recessional, wedding guests ushered outside for a quick group photo by the fountain

5:10 PM – Catering team, oversight + assistance by wedding coordinator begins flipping venue into reception space, moving rest of the chairs and setting tables, Maid/Matron of Honor oversees after group picture

5:15 PM – Wedding guests can stay outside and explore the lake/venue (there is outdoor seating if they’re interested), or they can head back inside to get a drink, sign guestbook, hangout on front or back patio etc.

5:15 PM – Fiance and I will be doing a couple pictures on the pier or beach (just us)

5:45 PM – Announcement for guests to find their seats and get seated

5:50 PM – Bride & Groom announced entrance, get seated

6:00 PM – All guests are seated for dinner & dinner buffet opens

6:45 PM – All guests have food

7:00 PM – Speeches begin, Maid/Matron of Honor + Bridesmaid or Best Man

7:30 PM – Father Daughter dance/first dance (both abbreviated versions of the songs)

7:40 PM – (right after dances) FI and I will cut the cake, cupcakes available for guests to grab!

7:45 PM – General dancing music begins, booze flows, we party!

11:30 PM – Last call for alcohol

12:00 AM – Music ends + guests depart, room is broken down and cleaned out

1:00 AM – everyone departs venue

Post # 4
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

We’re also having a backyard wedding:

7:00 AM Create flowers

10:00 AMBridesmaids arrive for hair and makeup

11:00 AM Bride hair and makeup

12:00 PM Getting ready

1:00 PM Photographer arrives

1:00 PM First look/portrait photos

3:00 PM Vendors arrive for setup

3:30 PM Family Photos

4:00 PM Bus departs from Momo’s

4:30 PM Guests arrive/bar opens

5:00 PM Invite time

5:15 PM Ceremony starts

5:30 PM Ceremony ends

5:30 PM Whisky/Champagne toast

5:30 PM Switch backyard set up

5:30 PM Food comes out Inside house

5:30 PM Music starts

7:00 PM Toasts

7:30 PMCouple’s “Thank You” toast followed by cake cutting

7:40 PM First dances

7:45 PMParty music starts

8:01 PMSunset

9:45 PMLast call

10:00 PMMusic off

10:00 PMGoodbyes and send-off

10:15 PMBus pick up

Post # 6
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

We’re having a pretty simple wedding at a lodge/park. Still finalizing everything, but this is what I’m thinking right now:

1:00 – Pick up flowers

2:00 – Make-up and collect everything to bring to the venue

4:00 – Arrive at venue to set up and direct vendors

5:00 – Hair and get dressed

6:00 – Guests start arriving, music starts playing, officiant takes his place at the “altar,” and photographer arrives

6:15 – Ceremony

6:30-7:30 – Wedding photos for us, cocktail hour on the balcony for guests

7:25 – Guests enter reception area and find their seats

7:30 – Wedding party intros

7:35 – First dance

7:40 – Dinner (we start buffet line)

8:15 – Toasts

8:30 – Father/daughter dance

8:35 – Mother/son dance

8:40 – Dance floor opens up (maybe get the DJ to call everyone to the floor for a photo)

9:00 – Cake cutting

10:30 – Last call

10:55 – Last song

11:00 – DJ announces night is over, and we thank everyone at the door as they leave

11:00-12:00 – Clean up and inspection

Post # 7
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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angelinagonzalez :  can you DM it to me?! I need all the help I can get 🙂 ha-ha

Post # 8
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Per our venue:

3:00-3:30 pm Florist and Photographers Arrive
4:00 pm Bridal party and parents arrive
4:30-4:45 pm Cake deilvered
5:00-5:30 pm Guest Arrive
5:30-5:50 Ceremony
5:50- Cocktail Hour
6:30- Grand Enterance, DJ invites guests to be seated.
6:30-6:45- Dinner Service Starts
7:30- Starting time for toasts, cake cutting, 1st dance etc.
9:55- Last dance. Thank guests for attending Grand Exit.

Post # 9
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

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Amy Turner :  Ok, I can’t figure out how to DM a PDF, spreadsheet, or a photo. I even just tried to comment a screenshot here, but it was super blurry.    Anyway, I got it from https://apracticalwedding.com/spreadsheets/ so maybe that will be a better help anyway, LOL.

Post # 10
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Baltimore. MD.

I love the simple stuff

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