(Closed) Wedding Day Itinerary??

posted 12 years ago in Logistics
Post # 17
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I wish I had more time in between my church wedding and my reception.  Use that time to take awesome photos.  Do the standard line-up then take some private time with your new husband.  Everyone I talk to says thier wedding day went so fast, they wish they had more time to enjoy their new husband!

My sister wanted me to do something like that, but what would I do with the guests? Most of them live at least an hour away from the reception so it’s not worth going home. They would just be idle.  It’s too late for me to change my plans now, but what do you think your guests will do for that time?

Post # 18
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Well we are not fixed at starting exactly at 4:15 we can start also at 4:00 if we feel comfortable that most people have arrived. We have already our musicians playing music and we are also offering drinks. Plus as we will mostly have relatives from out of state coming it would the perfect occasion to mingle a bit before the ceremony starts.

I have a spreadsheet prepared for my DOC and I have the wedding timeline as well as the vendors arrival time together with their contact details in it. That way she can follow-up with late vendors in case of need.


Post # 19
53 posts
Worker bee

Does anyone have any recommendations for a morning wedding? I plan on taking everything listed above and scale it back a few hours, but is there anything that you did (or wished you did) the day before instead? I’ve already accepted that I’ll be up at 3am to start my day

Post # 20
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Ok, I just showed my mother and my Maid/Matron of Honor my itinerary and they think I am crazy and way overthinking things. That just pissed me off.  they are telling me to throw away my schedule. I want to tell them to throw themselves away. aaaarrrrrggggghhhh.

Post # 21
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

there are so many events that make up a wedding day, and i found our schedule to be absolutely essential. 

best of luck everyone!

Post # 22
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

To those that can afford the time and money…I think one of the best things I did for my husband and I was to book a full 4 hour spa treatment the day before the wedding.  That gave us ample time to relax and truly enjoy the wedding day.  So for those that can, even if it’s just a one hour massage, I strongly suggest it!  =)

Post # 23
7 posts
  • Wedding: October 2008

Thanks, Camille.  We do plan to take our time doing pictures in between.  The country club where our reception is being held allows us to go out on the golf course to take pictures which will be great.  Part of the reason that we have so much time is that we have a good amount of people coming in from out of town, so we thought this would be a good time for them to check into the hotel (which is right down the street from the reception, but not so close to the church).  Then there is a bar in the hotel and one in another part of the country club.  Another idea is for someone who lives at a convenient location to volunteer to have some people back to their house.  This is good for someone close to you but who isn’t in the wedding party.

Post # 24
9 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

Our wedding is at 2:00pm.

 I recommend having more than one person doing hair and makeup and recruiting lots of people to be responsible for things. Each of my bridesmaids are responsible for being contacts for the cake lady, caterer, photographer, also for guest book, gifts, favors, and candy buffet!  

9:00: Picking up bouquets from florist (literally less than 1/4 mi from my house) 

9:30: Meet at Salon for brides hair/makeup, all girls getting makeup done. We will be done by 11:30. All girls will have on button down shirts. We are dropping off the dresses at the church the night before at the rehersal dinner.

11:30: Guys arrive at church already mostly dressed and will have already had late breakfast/early lunch.

12:00: Girls arrive at church for lunch before getting dressed. Guys will start taking pictures at 12:15ish. Families at church at 12:00.

12:45: Everyone get dressed

1:00: Start pictures with girls and families. Done by 1:30.

1:30: Once we are done, seating for early birds

2:00: Ceremony begins, over by 2:45.

3:00: Guests arrive at reception. Our goal is to be at the reception by 4:00.

5:00: Cake Cutting

5:45: Bouquet Toss/Garter

6:30: Leaving

6:30-7:00 We will be taking some pictures of just the two of us! 🙂

Off to our honeymoon! 🙂

 Good luck everyone! 🙂

Post # 25
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

My pre-ceremony timeline (for the ladies) is as follows:

10:00-Rise and shine! Shower and gather belongings to take to site.

11:15-Head to Boulder to commence pampering.

12:00-Bridesmaids Brunch at a Teahouse(also includes my Mother (MOB) and Future Mother-in-Law (MIL). We have to special order tea service for 10, so it will be all ready when we arrive.

1:30-4:30-Nails (manis and pedis) and hair for all 7 BMs, MOB and Mother-In-Law as well as hair, nails and makeup for the bride. The makeup artist and hair stylists (2) will come to the nail salon (which has leather couches, endless MnMs and Diet Coke, and a projection screen that plays Sex and the City nonstop).

4:30-5:00-Travel to venue (Bridal Party and Groom’s Party). I am trying to work out the logistics so that my Dad can drive me and the BMs/MIL/MOB can travel together in the 15 passenger van we have rented.

5:00-5:30-Dress at venue/Take getting ready photographs (Men and women will each have their own photographer).

5:30-6:30-Pictures of bridal party and groomsmen with bride and groom (We will not see one another until the ceremony).

6:45-String trio begins to play/Guests arrive by shuttle bus.

7:00-Ceremony begins.

I have another timeline from there, of course, one for the ceremony and another for the reception. In the interest of brevity, I did not include them, but would happily send them along to anyone who is interested!

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