Post # 1
I’m getting married on a Friday, so we’re starting late to make sure everyone can get there after work. The invitation time is 7pm (so the ceremony will really start at 7:30pm). I’m starting to think about how I’ll plan the rest of the day, and I’m not sure how to structure it. We’ll be taking photos before the wedding, including a first look. Also, all of this takes place in NYC so we don’t need a ton of travel time between places, since everything is close. What time do you think you would set for:
Starting to get ready (hair, makeup)
Be Finished getting ready
First Look / Photos with SO
Photos with Wedding Party
Portraits with family
Get to the wedding!: 7PM
Also, is there anything I’m forgetting??
Post # 3
@BirdieNY: are you making a timeline for dinner/toasts etc?
Post # 4
@secretbee33: No, for now I’m just figuring out my own day before the actual wedding starts! I need to start thinking about booking hair/makeup, and I’m not sure what time that would get done.
I’m sure later on I’ll have questions about timeline for the dinner, but not just yet!
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Our wedding was at 6PM on a Friday, and we put on the website, “ceremony will start promptly at 6.” Processional started then, and I was walking down the aisle at 6:05. If your invites say 7, I recommend that you start at 7. Guests who go out of there way to make sure they are there early (we aim for 15 minutes before hand) get cranky really fast if you make them wait half an hour, especially since they probably won’t have eaten beforehand. (This happened to Darling Husband and I at a wedding last year, and waiting 45+ minutes sucks!)
I had two MOHs, and we did hair/makeup at a salon at noon. Photographer met us at the hotel at 3pm for first look photos, then we went to the venue around 3:45 for family/wedding party, which we spent about 2 hours on.
Post # 6
Wait… why would you put 7 and plan to start at 7:30????
The best way to plan your timeline is to work backwards. So from the start time of your wedding work backwards from there. If you start at the top you’ll run out of time.
Post # 7
@MsJ2theZ: @rebwana That’s what our venue does! This is their standard way – invitation time is for 30min before the ceremony starts, and they serve water and maybe some other refreshments while people are coming in, getting settled, etc (we’re planning on having some snacks set out as well for people who are hungry). I think they do this any time but especially on a Friday, when people are coming from work and may be a few minutes late. Also the venue is on a high floor, so it takes some time to get everyone up the elevators.
As for working backwards – the problem is that I’m not sure how long all these things typically take! Do people normally set aside 1 hour for photos? 2? 3? I have no clue 🙁
Post # 8
We r doing A Friday wedding as well. I planned on hair taking 2 hours for everyone in the bridal party. Then getting ready will be an hour and then if you get your nails and toes done the day of, plan for about an hour and a half. Pictures will probably take about 2 hours depending on how many people are in your bridal party, and how big your family and your fiances family are. So I would start my day probably about 11 or 1130 the day of just so I had some extra time in case something takes a little longer
Post # 9
I’m in TO with a very similar situation. Friday Night Start @ 7:00 – little transport time needed. Here is my timeline. I have 2 hair and makeup artists coming to do the makeup for 6 bridesmaids +FMIL and hair and make up for myself, sister and mom. They want us starting at 10:30 to ensure were all done for photos.
Ladies Hair & Make-up
JD (Photographer arrives)
Photos of ladies getting ready
4:00 – 4:30
first reveal (Royal York)
4:30 – 5:00
Wedding Party + Parents to Berkeley
Wedding Party Pictures + parent pics
Ladies hang out/Men get to work!
Pipe band escort downstairs
MC welcome + explanation of evening + toast
welcome speech K&A + parents
dinner Stations are open
Dessert is served
father daughter dance followed by 1st dance
9:30 – 1:00
Pizza Late night snack
everyone has departed
Post # 10
Starting to get ready (hair, makeup) 11am
Be Finished getting ready 430 pp
First Look / Photos with SO 5-6
Photos with Wedding Party & family 600 – 7
Get to the wedding!: 7PM
ETA: My photog gave me a timeline of when to get ready to be all set for the photos.
Post # 11
Are your bridesmaids also getting hair and amke up done by the same person? If so, you would probably need to strat getting ready around 9 am (you would most likely go last)
Post # 12
@BirdieNY: How strange. Better make sure you start promptly at 7:30! 🙂
Ok so.. some things, what of the list above, do you intend to do At the venue? Do you plan to go anywhere in between getting ready and the wedding venue to do photo’s, etc? How long does a ketubah signing take, is it a ceremony or just signing a paper?