(Closed) Wedding day timeline

posted 10 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

The ceremony should only take about 20 minutes or so as long as it isn’t a long involved religious ceremony.  Are you having an officiant?  They should be able to help with where everyone stands and the flow of it.

Post # 4
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Sounds great so far! I’m from NOLA, where are your ceremony & reception? Also, are you staying on the northshore and driving over that morning? It seems like you have a lot to do the day of your wedding..I would encourage you to cut back a little..maybe do coffee & beignets the day before…?? I’d love to help in any way 🙂

Post # 5
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Your cocktail/post-ceremony picture time seems too short -I would suggest an hour (particularly if you and your Fiance aren’t having a first look.)


Post # 6
1268 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

it seems like you don’t allow enough time to take your pictures. our photographer asked us to set aside 1.5 – 2 hours to take our photos.

Post # 7
3343 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

This was my general timeline.  Our vendors did all the set-up work for us and we had a Catholic ceremony so this might not be super helpful.  We had about an hour after our ceremony for pictures with the bridal party/immediate family at the church and outside.  We also took portraits at the reception for about a half hour while people were dancing.  Looking back, I wish the photogs hadn’t pulled us away from the party for pictures.  I think people got bored waiting for us.  I would get all your pictures done all at once.


Post # 9
3066 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You don’t have ANY time for pics!!!!


9:30am Breakfast with my girls

10:30am Head over to get hair done

12:00pm Head over to venue where makeup artist will meet us in the bridal suite.

12:30-1:00pm Makeup is done

1pm-2pm Get ready

2pm-4pm First look and pictures

4:pm-4:45pm Sit with my girls, snack, and talk about how NERVOUS I am!!!!

5pm Ceremony

5:20pm-6pm Cocktail Hour for guests and more pictures for us

6pm-10pm Reception


Post # 11
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m attaching our wedding weekend packet with my OCD timeline.  I went a little bananas with the details, so hopeully it can help!

Well boo, it’s not attaching the file.  Here’s the link to it in Google Docs: Wedding Party Packet Template.

Post # 12
5789 posts
Bee Keeper

How much setup is there and how many people will be there to help? We started bringing things in at 8am and never left there until almost 1pm and we had 9 of us. It depends on how much you need to do, but we just brought doughnuts,bagels and coffee with us and stopped when we needed to eat or drink insted of stopping for a real breakfast…there just wasn’t any time.

We were late for makeup and hair too, but the girls just got started without us (same timeline as yours), but the photographer was there at 2pm for getting ready pictures at both houses. Is this something you don’t want or have discussed with yours?

The timeline of the reception itself can either be handled by the DJ or coordinator according to your wishes. Cake cutting, bouquet/garter (if doing) and anything else you need time for …toasts, dances…there’s honestly so many things happening you really need someone to guide it along.

Post # 14
5789 posts
Bee Keeper

Yep…pretty scarey when you really break it all down. We were screwed by the caterer who told us we only needed to set up one table with how we wanted everything and they’d do the rest. He was supposed to have 4 people there plus himself while the chefs were prepping in the kitchen. By 10am none had shown up. When I asked him where was all our assistance, he had the nerve to say he told them not to bother since we had it all under control. I was exhausted and quite angry, but it was too late to not finish. At least all the tables and chairs were already in place.

We had 4 banquet tables for chef prepped food service, 12 guest tables, cake table, dessert bar ~2 banquet tables,DJ table, placecards and guest book table, 8 hi tops and 5 outdoor tables on the deck. All needed tablecloths,centerpieces,chair covers,favors and everything else on all tables~at least we didn’t have to do the cutlery, dishes and glassware too. We also had a mantel to do and 50 outside chairs for the ceremony,large candles and hanging plants…it really was a ton to do. I’m so happy I chose not to DIY the flowers too.

I hope everyone shows up who says they’ll help, but you might consider skipping the breakfast and just providing some snacks. Eat with the girls while you’re all getting ready.

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