(Closed) What do you think of my day of timeline? Any advice?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Do you have time for lunch figured in somewhere?  Thats a long day without eating something.  

If you are having all the wedding party dressed and ready before heading to the church, an hour for the bride and groom to get dressed/do pictures might be a little long.

How long is your ceremony?  You probably need to factor in some time to get people organized before taking the after ceremony pictures, and they may take more then 15 minutes.

Again the pictures at 5:30- what pictures are you looking to get?  Are you sure you can get everyone who needs to be in them organized and all the pictures done in 30 minutes?

The rest of the timeline looks really good!


Post # 5
593 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I agree.. make sure you have time to get something to eat.. even if you feel sick from nerves you don’t want to pass out/be weak throughout the day. Maybe have snacks for you and the girls while you are doing hair and make up. 

I think the timeline looks good.. you are leaving plenty of time to get ready. Do you have any setting up to do? If so, when will you do this? My venue does all my setting up but I have a few DIY things I am going to take care of myself.. My timeline is similar:

9-10: Deliever things at Venue

10-10:15- Drive to bridal luncheon

10:15-11:15- Luncheon

11:15-11:30: Back to venue

11:30-1:30: MY hair

1:30-1:45: Drive across town to make up appt

1:45-2:30: Airbrush Make up appt (my girls will be back at venue getting there hair done)

2:30-2:45: Drive back to venue

3: Photographer arives

3-4: Pre-ceremony pictures

4-4:45- Ceremony

4:45-5:45- Cocktail hour (bridal party pictures)

6: Dinner

6:45: Toasts

7:15: First Dance, father-daughter dance, mother/son dance

8- Cake Cutting 

8:30- Bouquet/Garter Toss

8:30-10: Dancing, talking… Candy buffet will open. 

10: Reception End


Post # 7
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think you’re cutting some things too short.


10:30 hair and makeup- how many ladies?

2:30  everyone gets dressed- is this for your bridal party?  10 minutes is not enough time.  You might need to start hair/makeup earlier so they have time to get dressed and gather their belongings.

2:40  head to the church (20 min travel time) 

3:00  photographer/videographer arrive
3:00  pictures of bride getting dressed/groom- so you’re both getting ready at the church?

4:00  ceremony begins 

4:45  post ceremony pictures- 15 minutes for formal pictures is really tight.  How much family do you have?  Size of bridal party?  Is there anyway you can do some of these before the ceremony?
5:00  head to the grove (25 min travel time)
5:30  pictures- if there is traffic, are you okay with shortening your photo time with your husband?
6:00  bridal party entrance

6:15    dinner starts

7:15    toasts

7:25  first dance- is there all-guest dancing after this?

8:00 cut cake

8:15   bouquet/garter toss

8:30 photographer leaves

10:00 reception ends

Post # 9
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My only advice is to allot an extra 10-15 mins between each task….. Trust me you will need it.  Then you’re not rushing and you have a few minutes to just take a breather.   Especially with travel time, you wanna have a few extra minutes to get out of the car, walk into the building, and collect yourselves.   

i would rather allow myself a little extra time then to feel rushed and behind schedule because you never know what will happen

Post # 11
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You can probably shave at least an hour and a half off your hair appt.   we had 7 people and 3 stylist and it only took 2 hours.  and that included make up with 2 make up artists.

then you can add some time on to people getting dressed, maybe have some snacks provided during this time.    

Dont forget….. You want to have fun on your big day too.  If you give yourself and everyone a tight schedule, there’s no time for you all to just relax and talk and laugh etc.   I think that’s really important.   

Post # 13
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I went crazy with my timelines lol

i did the timeline for the day, I did one for just the ceremony, I did one for the girls, one for the guys, and one for the reception.   I also did one for the photographer because he needed one that included addresses and phone numbers etc.

my DOC needed the timelines to coordinate with the caterer etc.   my MC needed one.   We gave them all to the key people involved so they knew what was happening and when.   

it was quite the daunting task but I sat on a patio one day, had a few drinks, and managed to finish them all in an hour and it all worked out perfectly lol.   

Post # 15
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MrsRichard:  it is, I found myself to be much more productive

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