Where I am from I guess tradition would require you to book/organise the following (in order of events); so sorry if this comes off missknowitallsy but I found lists like these INCREDIBLY helpful while I was planning..
= choose ceremony location, celebrant, florist, attire, reception, photographer & sort out paperwork=
Save the dates & invitations go out
hair & makeup for bride, bridesmaids & mums
Getting ready photos – old new borrowed blue – wedding dress hanger (write a list of must have photos for ur photog)
Transport (limo etc) to church/ceremony location
Ushers to greet guests at ceremony and show to seats
Groom escorts mothers to their seats
Ceremony decorations- programs, aisle runners, cute signs etc
Bridesmaids + flower girls etc walk down the aisle (choose some music)
Dad walks bride down the aisle (choose some other music)
Make some promises (choose some words)
Wall back up the aisle (choose some more music, get some petals, bubbles etc thrown at you)
‘receiving line’ -i think that’s what its called. Where you go say hi to people.
Cocktail hour – people eat hor dourves and drink alcohol while the bridal party go get photos taken, more decorations and music
Guests arrive at reception – LOTS of decorations. Signature cocktails, guest book ideas, favours for guests, dessert buffet table, gifts table + cards box, dancefloor, DJ/MC, seating chart, place cards.
MC announces bridal party entrance (choose more music)
Food, speeches, first dance, more food, father daughter dance, cake cutting, bouquet toss & garter throw. (we had our reception at a Greek restaurant so there was a LOT of dancing and plate smashing in between all these events. The money dress thing would prob go before the bouquet/garter) eat cake (or give as takeaway), greet guests espesh OOTs
People get drunk and have lots of fun with loved ones
Bride and Groom farewell – sparklers, ribbons, more bubbles, joined arms archway thing etc
Transport for bride & groom
Optional after party or day after breakfast/brunch
Honeymoon WOOT WOOT
Send thank you cards