(Closed) Tell me about your September timeline!

posted 6 years ago in September 2012
Post # 4
6248 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I don’t have my timeline done yet.

I booked my photographer and a 2nd shooter for 10 hours.  I wanted her to capture my girls and I getting ready, my guy and his gang getting ready, the anticipation before the ceremony (no first look), last moments with my Dad before we walk down the aisle, the ceremony (especially the look on FI’s face when he sees me walking down the aisle), group pics after the ceremony, cocktail hour(s) outdoors in gardens, more photos of bridal/groom party and us during cocktail hour, dinner in the carriage house, cake cutting, dancing in the tent (with lounge area), the last dance, sparkler send-off, etc.

We are getting married at 2pm in a church, then reception immediately following less than 10 minutes down the road.  So it’s definitely an afternoon wedding.

Post # 5
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - county fairgrounds

ummm… i’m cooking all the food with my mom so my day starts @7am cooking food and setting up. our ceremony starts around 3pm. we’ll be getting ready around 1230pm and the cocktail hour/ reception will start around 430pm and continue until 9pm but it’s still kind of far out to figure out all the little details about the time

Post # 6
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Our ceremony starts at 5:30 in the evening but we are also doing a first look.  Our photographer wants to our first look at 12 noon and take pictures with the bridal party for about 1 and half in the city (DC) and then we will head to our venue to take more pictures with family.  

Post # 7
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Our ceremony starts at 4pm and ends at 8pm. It is ceremony and reception in the same venue, a riverboat. Arrivals start at 3:45. Actual ceremony 4:05pm ( first 5 minutes are safety briefing), ending NLT 4:25pm (otherwise the boat will be past the jurisdiction where our license is and we’ll have to circle around), 30 minutes for cocktails, then dinner, then dancing, both at whatever pace the crowd keeps. Cake cutting at 7:45, back to dock at 8. It’s timed this way so we’re cruising past the DC monuments as sunset begins.

Will probably have a post-cruise crowd at the hotel bar 🙂 so having the photographer swing by there instead of any photos before the ceremony. 7 hours plus setup time.

Post # 8
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Our ceremony starts at 2 and will end around 3, cocktail hour starts at 5 and reception at 6. The girls are getting hair and make up done at 7 (there are a lot of us getting ready) and we will be at the church, dressed and ready for pictures around 11. The boys will be golfing that morning, but I don’t know what time they are starting yet. Our photographer and videographer are going to be with us all day long. They don’t have a time limit, so they will start shooting when the boys are golfing and the girls are getting pretty.

Post # 9
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m getting married around 5 or 6pm. I will share my timeline when I get it figured out. I just bitched about not having a venue in another thread so that’s holding things up a bit Yell

Post # 10
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve got the basics figured out so far. But in terms of the smaller stuff like when certain dances will be danced or when cake will be served, I haven’t done that yet.

Wake up – 9:00a: Breakfast

9:00a – 2:00p: Getting ready (with lunch somewhere in there)

2:00p – 3:30p: Travel to ceremony location and take pictures

3:30p – 4:00p: Hide while guest arrive/more picture taking

4:00p – 5:00p: Ceremony

5:00p – 6:30p: Pictures and travel to reception location

(6:00p – 7:00p: Guest cocktail hour)

6:30p – 7:00p: Join cocktail hour

7:00p – 10:30p: Dinner and all the things that need to be pictured before the photographer leaves

10:30p – 12:00a: PARTY!

12:00a – whenever I crash: After party at the hotel bar  🙂

Post # 11
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Here’s my rough start:

7 am – setup of the ceremony area begins

8 am – bridal party gets ready

9:30 am – coffe and doughnuts served

10 am – ceremony begins

11 am – brunch is served

12 pm – well cut the cake and guest can play yard games and dance


Post # 12
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’re having a 5:30 ceremony, and no bridal party, so I think the plan is to have our photographer there from maybe 4:30 or 5 until 10:30 or 11, when we’ll either do some kind of exit or just assume all the photos have been taken that need to be taken!

Edit to be more specific:

Ceremony 5:30-6

Cocktail “hour” 6-6:45

Dinner 6:45-8?

Reception, relatively unstructured for now, 8-11ish

Post # 13
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Here’s our basic timeline. Our photographer did most of it out for me, which was so helpful!

6:30am – Breakfast at our hotel (we’re having a little buffet in our room)

7:00am – Hair & makeup starts (during this time the rest of my family will be making sure everything is being set up properly)

9:30am- Photographer does my getting ready shots, getting into the dress

10:45am- First Look

11:00am- Bride & Groom photos at a nearby location

11:30am- Bridal Party Shots

12:00pm Family Photos (might be doing these after the ceremony though)

12:30pm- Last Touchups before ceremony

1:00pm- Ceremony

1:30pm-1:45pm- Receiving Line

1:30pm-2:30pm- Cocktail Hour, while we have some more photos taken

2:30pm- We’re introduced, have our first dance

3:00pm- Sit for dinner

4:45pm- Cut the cake?

5:30pm-6:00ish: We’re leaving for our honeymoon!


Post # 14
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ekkkk! I havent even gotten that far yet. Sealed

Post # 15
442 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I still have no timeline as of right now…but where I am from everyone is telling us were suppose to get married on the half hour, so like 4:30 or 5:30. Thats what they think is traditional. Fiance and I are not very traditional and think we are going with 5:00 for the ceremony!

Post # 16
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Tenative schedule is

9:30-2:00 getting ready at the hotel

2:00 head to ceremony/reception location

2:30-3:30 pictures

4:00-4:30 ceremony

4:30-6:00 cocktail “hour”

6:00-11:00 reception

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