Latest activity by Tiffany, on April 24, 2022 at 6:16 PM
Your vendors will help you put together a timeline. You'll need to talk to your photographer to determine when you're taking pictures. Talk to your HMU artist(s) to determine when you need to start getting ready, including any others using their services. Your DOC or venue coordinator will help you figure out the ceremony and reception along with your officiant and DJ.
I'm planning a 5pm ceremony in October. Time of year will make a difference too due to lighting. When is your wedding? I'm totally going to lean on my vendors (DOC and photographer) for help with my timeline.
Ours is October 13. Our Photographer is doing our pics around sunset, that's why we chose the 5pm Ceremony. I'm not having a coordinator so all of this has to be planned by me haha. I will talk to my other vendors.
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DJ handled that part for me completely. Anything that is up to us, he is going to discuss with us closer to the wedding.
just for reference though, ours is something like this... introductions toasts dinner first dance Father daughter dance mother son Dance bouquet toss (with dancing and food in between of course!)
We planned the timeline for my daughter's wedding ourselves: the bride, the groom, and me. We started with the ending time (time we need to be out of the venue), and worked backwards. That planning seemed to go smoothly.
Definitely talk to your photographer and your venue and DOC if you have one. i didn't have a coordinator but basically we developed our timeline based on when our HMUA needed to get started and how much time our photog needed for the pics we wanted done pre-ceremony. there are lots of great templates online! we had a 5:30 ceremony. our event timeline (after hair and makeup and arriving at the venue) was basically...
5:00 guests start arriving (they actually started earlier )
6:00 cocktails (including welcome from MC, some toasts)
7:15 dinner (including some toasts)
we didn't do spotlight dances or an entrance, but you could factor those in.
Well funny story... We aren't having a "wedding" right now. My husband just got accepted into the Navy so all wedding plans are put to a stop at the moment. We did have a quick courthouse ceremony so I can move with him when he gets stationed somewhere. I wish you the best of luck in planning!!!
Wedding Day Timeline and Wedding
10 a.m. Hair Stylist Arrives to Bridal Suite
12 p.m. Photographer Arrives
The photographer can get detail shots of the dress, rings,
12:15 p.m. MUA arrives
5 bridesmaids, MOTG, GMama & Bride
2:00 p.m. Groom and groomsmen arrive
2:15 p.m. Bridesmaids are dressed and
ready, the bride’s hair and makeup is complete
Unless you want girls photos all in matching robes, the
bridesmaids, as well as the Godmother-of-the-bride, should be dressed and ready
by the time the bride’s hair and makeup are complete. This way, everyone can be
in the background of the photos featuring the bride getting dressed.
2:30 p.m. Bride Gets Dressed
Once the bride is mostly dressed, the photographer will capture GMama,
Aunt Mary & maid-of-honor helping the bride zip up her dress and put your
earrings and jewelry on.
2:45 p.m. Bridal Portraits
3:10 - 3:30 p.m. Bridesmaids Photos
These photos are meant to be casual and fun, capturing the
moments of celebration between the bride and her friends. Special shots, such
as toasting with champagne, robs, socks/slippers.
3:30 p.m. Hold My Hand But Don’t Look
The is a special moment where the groom gets his last hand holding
by the bride because she takes his last name.
3:30 - 4:10 p.m. Groom &
4:10 - 4:30 p.m. Groom Pics with
5:00 p.m. RELAX & GET READY!!!
5:30 p.m. Start Time Listed on
Seating of the Parents,
Village & Tribe
5:50 p.m. Bridal Party Entrance
6:00 p.m. Entrance of the Bride
Ceremony – Vows – Unity Water - KISS
6:45 p.m. Introduction of Mr. &
7 p.m.-ish Sunset Photos
Sunset photos are an opportunity you don't want to miss out on.
Set aside time in your wedding itinerary to take more bride and groom portraits
during the sunset.
7:15 p.m. Wedding Party Photos
7:45 p.m. Grand Entrance
The wedding party walks in & The
Walkers walk to their SONG
8 p.m. Welcome & Prayer
8:15 p.m. Dinner
8:35 p.m. Bridal Party Toasts
As dinner is wrapping up, the groomsman and maid-of-honor can
offer their toasts during this slot of the wedding schedule.