(Closed) What's your Day Of Schedule?

posted 6 years ago in June 2013
Post # 3
495 posts
Helper bee

First, it looks like you only have half an hour listed for the ceremony, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it taking an hour.

That looks like a good amount of time to me, assuming it’s all in one place. Ends in time for people to go get dinner on their own. I’d fit toasts in the lunch, and end the lunch with the cake cutting, and ‘open’ the dance floor then, with first dances if you’re having those.

I don’t think you have to have “intros” in there if everybody’s moving from event to event together, but if you do, they belong after cocktail hour.

Where do photos fit in?

Post # 5
979 posts
Busy bee

You’ll want to save a good 45 minutes  for photos for just you and the groom.  about 20-30 for family and bridal party.  

Post # 6
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ugh I havn’t made a schedule yet, that’s next on my list…

We are having hair and make up being done at my parents house (Me, 5 BMs). I have no idea what time we should get ready! We’ll leave at 2:30 for venue (we’re 10 minutes away).

-Pictures with bridal party and family (2:30-4:30)

-Hide and refresh

-Ceremony 5pm

-Cocktail hours 5:30-6:30

Then I am stuck here: I want Fiance and I to be introduced, no idea when. No idea how long dinner will be. No idea when to do cake, first dance, toast from Maid/Matron of Honor and best man…ugh!!!

to OP: I think 5 hours is enough: our ceremony is at 5pm and recepton ends at 10:30, so I am only at 5.5

Post # 7
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have been pretty on top of everything, but this day-of schedule is one of those things that stresses me out to think about it…so I just don’t! I have a basic idea, but the details and unknowns are making me crazy–what time hair/makeup comes, florist, pictures, trolley, etc.

3:00 Ceremony at church

4-5:30 Pictures around the city, while guests check into hotel

5:30 Cocktail hour

6:30 First dance, first course and toasts

7:15 Entree, other dances

7:45 Cut the cake

8:00 Dancing

9:00 Bouquet/Garter

10:00 Cheesesteaks arrive

10:30 End

Post # 8
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

12:00pm girls arrive +get ready

2:00 pm guys arrive + get ready

4:30 pm ceremony starts

5pm-6:30 cocktail hour/ photos

6:30 dinner begins

7:30 dinner ends, dancing begins

8pm cake cutting

11pm DJ ends, move to indoor bar area for “after party”

12pm after party ends, last shuttle leaves

Post # 9
396 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

This is what I have so far:

9am- Hair starts (mine at 12)

10am-Makeup will start with girls who have finished hair

2:30-3- First Look and Pictures

4:30-Ceremony starts

5-6- “Cocktail” hour for guests and we finish pictures

6-Guests are seated for dinner, we do our entrances

6:30-Dinner begins

Once dinner is finished the reception will last/can last til 12. Not sure on times for First Dance and Cake Cutting yet. Probably do that around 8ish?

Post # 10
496 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

This is what we have come up with – although I’m sure the times will change! (I just copied and pasted from the wedding party ‘newsletter’)

Morning: If you are interested in coming to the barn to lend a hand we would love you for it, but by no means is it “required.”

12:00pm: Arrive at Pettigrew Spa for an afternoon of Nails, Hair and Makeup! 

4:00pm: Arrive at Jess and Andrew’s house for the following (Gregg to arrive at this time) 

  • Eat Dinner (Sub Platters, Fruit, Salads and Drinks will be provided)
  • Get Dressed and Grab Flowers
  • A few Bridal and Bridesmaid Portraits with Photographer

5:30pm:  Leave for Venue 

6:00pm: Immediate Family, Bridal Party, and Bride and Groom Photos on Site and by the Lake (weather permitting).

7:00pm: Ceremony Begins

7:20pm(roughly): Ceremony Ends. Guests are free to play lawn games, enter barn for a drink, mingle and chit chat.

8:00pm: Everyone seats themselves in the barn. Jess and Andrew enter for first dance.

8:10pm: Cake Cutting

8:15pm: Toasts

8:45pm: Slideshow

9:00pm: Food Truck arrives and dancing begins!

2:00am: We must be out of Venue by this time. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here! 

Post # 11
1004 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

we are having an off beat recep. so mine is a bit different…


8am church opens (we have to decorate for about a half hour at most plus drag all of our stuff in lol)

8:45 make up hair consultant arrives for me

10 am put on the dress!

10:30 leave for pictures

11am arrive for pics/first look

2 pm ceremony

3:30 pm reception (it is a 30-35 minute drive from church)

Since its a restaurant/bar we get to stay as long as we like or as little. Afterwards we are probably going to go out on the town a bit with our friends, i cannot wait!!

Post # 12
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Be Up by 11:00

relax until hair appointment

Hair 1:00

Makeup right after

Be at Church by 3:30

Wedding 4:30

Pictures after ceremony

and reception to follow 🙂

Post # 13
1846 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Here’s mine so far…everything’s in the same location

11am start hair and makeup (there are 6 of us)

1pm lunch

2pm back to my moms house so everyone can get dressed 

4pm limo arrives to pick up the girls to bring to venue

4:30 ceremony starts

5-6:30 cocktails/appetizers and pictures 

6:30 bridal party intros

6:40 first dance

6:45 grace

6:50-8:30 dinner(buffet), speeches, father daughter dance

8:30pm-1am reception/dancing

10pm dessert table


Post # 14
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Piney River Ranch

8am – Hair & makeup at hotel
2pm – Arrive at venue
2:30-3:30pm – First look and some formal photos
4-4:30pm – Ceremony
4:30-5:30pm – Cocktail hour / finish formal photos
5:30pm – Grand entrance and bride/groom welcome speech
5:45pm – Dinner starts / best man toast
6:30pm – Photo booth opens
7:00pm – First dance and dance floor opens
7:30pm – S’mores bar and firepit opens
10pm – Reception ends 

Post # 15
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

9am: girls get ready (hair and make-up being done professionally at house)

10am: men in family go for “Groom’s last chance breakfast” –a family tradition

11:30am: Groom and groomsmen get dressed

12pm: first look photo

12:20pm – 3pm: bridal photos, wedding party photos, immediate family photos, including travel time to photo locations

3pm: men leave for church (5 minutes away)

3:15pm: BM’s leave for church

3:25pm: bride and father leave for church

3:30pm (or whenever everyone has arrived, my coordinator tells me she always has the bride walk in 10 minutes after the scheduled start time): Procession and ceremony begins

4:10pm or so: Leave for reception (10 minutes away)

5pm: cocktails and appetizers (bride and groom do a few more photos, plus some extended family photos)

6pm: guests seated for dinner, Parents’ speeches

6:15pm: Grace, then salad course

6:30pm: salad cleared, Best Man speech, then Maid/Matron of Honor speech

6:40pm: main course served

7:15pm: Bride and groom speech, goes right into slideshow (10 minutes), goes right into first dance

7:45pm: Parent dance (Bride and father, groom and mother at the same time)

7:50pm: Dancing for everyone

10pm: Late night food — Grilled Cheese Bar (so excited!)

1am: must leave


Post # 16
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You bees inspired me to finally start working on mine.. this is really long but there is a lot happening on the day!


5:30 am – wake up and shower

6:00 am – hair and makeup

7:00 am – breakfast

7:15 am – photographer and videographer arrives

7:20 am – put on dress

7:30 am – bridal portraits

8:15 am – leave city – 1 hour drive to helipad

9:30 am – arrive in canmore

9:40 am – photo and video first look

10:00 am – helicopter departs

10:30 am – mountain top ceremony

11:00 am – picnic and photos

1:30 pm – fly back to canmore for more photos

3:30 pm – drive back to calgary

4:00 pm – sister goes to manage venue set up

4:30 pm – cake arrives and is set up/decorated

5:00 pm – friend’s mom arrives with flowers and favors which are set up

5:30 pm – videographer and sister set up video/slideshow

4:45 pm – arrive in calgary and ‘freshen up’ at hotel 😉

6:30 pm – touch up hair and makeup

7:00 pm – head over to reception venue

7:00 pm – band and guests arrive

7:10 pm – champagne and canapes passed

7:20 pm – slideshow and ceremony video begin

7:30 pm – bride and groom enter to pachelbel’s canon on piano!

7:35 pm – greet and toast guests

8:00 pm – sit for dinner – drinks and charcuterie

8:15 pm – salad served

8:40 pm – main course served

9:20 pm – dessert served

9:40 pm – cake cutting – kitchen box up slices for guests to take home

9:50 pm – first dance

10:00 pm – mingling/dancing

11:30 pm – band leaves – start iPod playlist if people want to party!


Seeing it all sorted out like that make me feel a little less stressed!

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