(Closed) Wedding day timeline…

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

This was the timeline on the knot.

8:00 p.m. Guests head from the cocktail hour into the reception and find their seats.
8:15 p.m. Your emcee begins introducing the wedding party, starting with your parents.
8:20 p.m. The first dance.
8:25 p.m. A welcome speech or a blessing. If you’re not having either, begin the toasts now — best man followed by maid of honor.
8:30 p.m. Dinner is served. The emcee asks guests to take their seats. Music should be low enough so guests can talk at their tables.
9:00 p.m. The music volume starts to increase gradually to get people who finished their meals out onto the dance floor.
9:30 p.m. The father-daughter dance, which is followed by the mother-son dance.
9:35 p.m. A dance set begins with more upbeat songs to entice most guests out of their seats.
9:45 p.m. A couple of slow songs play.
9:50 p.m. Back to more upbeat songs.
10:30 p.m. The cake cutting.
10:35 p.m. Some mid-paced songs play as cake is served so guests can dance if they want.
10:45 p.m. Guests are seated for cake.
11:00 p.m. The bouquet toss, followed by the garter toss, if you’re doing them.
11:10 p.m. The final dance set. Time to play those songs you felt funny playing while all the elderly guests were still there!
11:55 p.m. The last dance, followed by your grand exit if you’re making one.

Seems pretty good however, it doesn’t allow any time for the new couple to visit each the tables.

Post # 5
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh wow that is a great timeline!!!! I might haev to use that. That is pretty similar to how mine is as of right now, but not exact!

Post # 7
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Here’s the basic photography checklist that our photographer gave us (with instructions to cross off any formal photos that we are not interested in).  We’re also having a slew of fun/modern pictures as well but there are the check-list type formal church photos!

Bride Alone
Groom Alone

Bride and Groom


Bride and bridesmaids

Bride and personal attendants

Bride and maid-of-honor
Bride with each separate bridesmaid
Bride and groomsmen (fun)

Groom and groomsmen

Groom and ushers

Groom and best man

Groom with each separate groomsman
Groom and bridesmaids (fun)

Bride and Groom and wedding party

Bride and Groom and wedding party/attendants/ushers

Bride and Groom and flower girl/ring bearer


Bride and Groom and Bride’s parents

Bride and Groom and Bride’s family


Bride and Groom and Groom’s parents

Bride and Groom and Groom’s family


Bride and Groom and grandparents

Bride and Groom with godparents


Post # 8
31 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

Start with that one and personalize it to your own needs. Take out things that are not happening at your event and add those that are. Then give it to your venue coordinator, dj, DOC, MC, Maid of honor, etc and have someone keep you on track.

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