(Closed) Wedding Day Timeline – CLUELESS BRIDE

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

This is a quick version of my wedding day timeline; obviously everyone’s is different! I left actual times off because not everyone does things in the same order, of course!

The morning

Girls – Hair at salon

Girls – Makeup (with makeup artist) and getting ready at church

Guys – Getting ready at church

Lunch provided to bridal party at church

The afternoon

Bridal party photos at park

First look photos at park

Formal photos at church


Bubble send off

The evening


Bridal party and bride and groom entrance

Welcome toast from father of bride


Maid of honor speech

Best man speech

Bride and groom first dance

Bride and father dance

Groom and mother dance


Bouquet toss

Garter toss

Cut the cake

More dancing

Final dance!

I hope that helps, at least a little. Happy to answer more specific questions if I can!

Post # 4
589 posts
Busy bee

This is how my day went just to give you an idea.  We kept it pretty simple.

I’ll start from when we got to the venue.  I got dress at the bridal suite at 1200.  Already had my hair/make up done at home prior to my arrival.  1230 we start our photo at the venue before the ceremony.  1400 we sign the Ketubah (in the bridal suite not in front of guests).  This is also when guests have started to arrived as this was our invitation time.  1430 we walked down the aisle.  Ceremony is done at 1500.  We had the ceremony and reception at the same venue so the guests went directly into cocktail hour after the ceremony.  We come in for cocktail hour at 1530 just to greet guests.  1600 reception start.  First we had a bridal party introduction then the first dance.  Then we went into the hora.  Then dinner start.  After the first course we had the speeches.  We did dancing breaks in between courses.  We did not do bouquet or garter toss.  Groom/mom dances after second course is served.  Then we cut the cake before dessert.  More dancing after dessert and that’s it πŸ™‚

Post # 5
246 posts
Helper bee

@frommisstomrs.:  We do weddings earlier in the day here, although some people have adopted evening weddings. Here’s how ours is planned:


– Girls get ready

– Boys get ready

– Guests arrive at ceremony venue

– Ceremony starts at 10:00 sharp.

– Ceremony ends about 10:30- 10:45.

– Photos outside ceremony venue with guests, bride and groom drive off, bridal party leave in separate car for photos

– Rest of guests proceed to the reception venue

– 12:00 Lunch is served to the guests at reception venue, bridal party grabs lunch separately (as in out of sight of the rest of the guests)

– 13:00 Reception officially starts, with bridal party entering with a dance, followed by the bride and groom dance entrance. Bridal party is seated.

– Then you have the usual reception events: speeches, bride and groom cake cutting, bridal party taking the cake out for complete cutting with a dance, bridal party re-enters with a dance, cake is served to guests, entertainment by the MC until everyone is served, the first dance by bride and groom (ours will have a surprise choreography) and then the floor will be opened to the guests (the part they’d all been waiting for hehe) and then people will dance until it is time for the bride and groom exit.

Bride and groom exit with a dance, followed by the bridal party exiting with a dance.

Then the wedding is over by 6pm. Cool


Post # 6
1077 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

Here is my timeline… it’s not 100% finished yet, but I hope it’s helpful πŸ™‚

Getting Ready!
7:30 Wake up call to Bride, check list. Shower. Breakfast. ect… (@ hotel)

8:00 Wake up call to Groom, just get yourself ready, travel bag, RING! (@ hotel)

9:00 Hair @ Robey’s shop (button up shirt) Bridesmaids can come too πŸ™‚

11:00 Lunch @ hotel & Bridesmaids/Bride get dressed/Hair/Makeup

12:00 Makeup @ hotel

1pm Tianna (photographer) arrives, Shoot getting ready & details

130pm Bride & Bridesmaids photos

1:45pm Bride & Family, Bride & Groomsmen photos

205pm Groom & Groomsmen photos

220 Groom & Family, Groom & Bridesmaids photos

240 Groom & Bride Anticipation Shot

250 All head over to Ceremony


3:30 Prelude music begins

3:30 Bride touches up makeup and hair

3:30 Guests start to arrive

3:35 Bridal Party lines up for processional

3:45 Special guest are seated

3:50 Processional Starts

3:55 Bride walks down

4:00 Ceremony begins

5:00 Ceremony Ends (at latest)
Reception: 6:00-11:00
5:00-6:30 travel to reception and Pictures w/ Bridal Party & family

6:00 Cocktail hour begins

6:35 Bridal Party entrance

6:40 Grand Entrance Bride & Groom

6:40 First Dance

6:45 Groom and Bride are seated and dinner is served

7:40 Best Man Toast

7:45 Maid of Honor Toast

7:50 Other Toasts

8:00 Father Daughter Dance

8:05 Mother Son Dance

8:10 Dancing

9:30 Garter/Bouquet toss

10:00 Cake Cutting

10:10 Groom and Bride speech

11:00 End of the reception

* add: vedor arrival, shoe game, money dance, clean up, sign papers…

Post # 7
1231 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Just commenting to follow… πŸ™‚ I need to figure out my timeline soon!

Post # 8
467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Also commenting to follow – these are great help, ladies!

Post # 9
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Commenting to follow as well.

Post # 11
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014 - Forest in PA

I am also a clueless bride! Following!

Post # 13
867 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Commenting to follow 

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