(Closed) Wedding Timeline Help!

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

How many hours do you have your photographer? How many girls will be getting hair and makeup done? I think it’s 45 min-1 hr per girl for hair, and if you’re having a makeup artist and a stylist then you can double up. Just count backwards from the end time of your wedding to figure out when the photographer will arrive- you want your hair/makeup to be done by that time. Are you doing a first look?

Post # 4
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We just planned ours the other day.  I looked up a few different time lines on weddingbee and other sites, a practical wedding, to compare.  We also got a rough timeline from our photographer, she suggested time frames based on having a first look and not having one.  So we knew how much time she needed so that can be factored in.  Also find out how much time you will need for hair and makeup.  Having these blocks of time will really help you figure it out.  I suggest working backwards from ceremony time.  Hope this helps a little.

Post # 6
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Start with your ceremony time. You will need to be at the ceremony site (at least) 15 mins before the start time, so then add 4:45 in… How long will it take to get from the hotel to the ceremony/ reception site? (If it takes 15 mins on mapquest… count on 25), then add that time in. Ask your hair and MUA how long they anticipate taking? Add extra time to be sure… then add that time in.

Your vendoes such as florists, should be on a “vendor” timeline that you’ll give to your venue… however if they’re dropping off items to you, just make a little note of that on your timeline ie:

8am – wake up

8:30- Champagne breakfast


9:50- Flowers arrive at getting ready location

10:45- Bride Hair and Make up complete

12:00- MOB and Maid/Matron of Honor Hair and Makeup Complete

12:30- Lunch arrives

1:00- Photographer arrives

1:30- Get dress on (Dress photos)

2:30- Leave for ceremony site

2:45- Arrive at ceremony site

3:00- Ceremony begins

 Obviously your timing will be different, bc you’re having an afternoon wedding, but it gives you an example.

Post # 7
989 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We worked backwards from our ceremony time.  We knew what time we had to be at the venue before guests started arriving, which led to what time the photographer needed to start, which led to what time the flowers needed to arrive, which led to what time hair and make-up needed to start.

Also, we didn’t tell our vendors what time to arrive.  We asked what time they needed to arrive to be done by X time.  That way they knew the time constraints going in.

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