Deanna
VIP October 2018

5pm Ceremony Start time- timeline help

Deanna, on January 5, 2018 at 1:14 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 2 19
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Is anyone else having a 5pm ceremony? I need timeline help!

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Latest activity by Tabitha, on July 29, 2019 at 4:18 PM
  • Spaghetti
    VIP November 2018
    Spaghetti ·
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    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.

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  • Rachel Langerhans
    Expert October 2015
    Rachel Langerhans ·
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    Exactly this. Ask your photographer and other vendors for specific times they need/expect.

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  • JerseyGirl
    Master May 2017
    JerseyGirl ·
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    Our photographer was key to setting our timeline. We planned it out at our last meeting about a week or so before the wedding.
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  • Sara P.
    VIP October 2018
    Sara P. ·
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    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.
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  • Deanna
    VIP October 2018
    Deanna ·
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    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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  • Lisa
    Super May 2018
    Lisa ·
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    I am doing a 5pm wedding in May. Our venue is helping us set up the time line for things Smiley smile
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  • A
    Dedicated April 2019
    AnonPoster1234 ·
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    Commenting to follow - I am deciding between a 4pm and a 5pm ceremony

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  • Summer987
    Super May 2018
    Summer987 ·
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    I'm creating my in timeline. I used something similar to this as a guide to create my own.

    5pm Ceremony Start time- timeline help 1
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  • rica
    VIP September 2018
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    What specifically do you need help with? There are so many factors to this. Ours is at 5 pm but we are also having the reception at a different venue, and photos before at home.

    Photographer and dj are both really helpful with this!

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  • FutureMrsW
    VIP March 2018
    FutureMrsW ·
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    Thank you for posting this, OP! This reminded me I need to email my own photographer about this.

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  • Deanna
    VIP October 2018
    Deanna ·
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    I really just need help with the timeline of the reception.
    I guess I can get the DJ to help me with that.
    Wasn't sure how long between songs, cake cutting, bouquet toss and whatnot.

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  • Deanna
    VIP October 2018
    Deanna ·
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    Thank you for sharing this! It helps a lot!!!

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  • rica
    VIP September 2018
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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!)
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  • GoodMOB
    April 2018
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    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.


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  • caitlin
    Super May 2017
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    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...

    3:30-5 photos

    5:00 guests start arriving (they actually started earlier )

    5:30 ceremony

    6:00 cocktails (including welcome from MC, some toasts)

    7:15 dinner (including some toasts)

    8:30 cake

    8:30-on dancing

    we didn't do spotlight dances or an entrance, but you could factor those in.

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  • MarchIsComing
    Savvy March 2018
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    Timeline is largely affected by sunset time and when your reception ends. Here's our tentative timeline for my March 2018 wedding, with sunset around 7pm and a 10:30pm end time:

    5-5:30 ceremony

    5:30 cocktail hour start, bridal party pics/family pics/couple pics

    6:30 dinner (couple sneaks off for sunset pics around 6:50 until 7:15)

    7:15/7:30 guests released to reception

    7:30 first dances

    9:00 cake cutting (wedding coordinator said guests sometimes leave after cake, so pushing it back encourages people to stay longer)

    10:30 end


    Good Luck!

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  • B
    Just Said Yes October 2018
    Brie ·
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    Same here. It is so stressful trying to plan and make sure it's all pulled of as if a professional planned the wedding lol. How is it all going for you so far?

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  • Deanna
    VIP October 2018
    Deanna ·
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    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!!!

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  • Tabitha
    Just Said Yes September 2019
    Tabitha ·
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    Wedding Day Timeline and Wedding Reception Timeline

    10 a.m. Hair Stylist Arrives to Bridal Suite

    12 p.m. Photographer Arrives

    The photographer can get detail shots of the dress, rings, invitation, etc.

    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 & Groomsmen Photos

    4:10 - 4:30 p.m. Groom Pics with Family

    5:00 p.m. RELAX & GET READY!!!

    5:30 p.m. Start Time Listed on Wedding Invitation

    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. & Mrs. Walker

    Blow Bubbles

    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.

    8:50 p.m. Parent Dances

    Mother/Son Dance
    GMama/Bride Dance
    Trell/Bride Dance
    Sister/Sister Dance

    9:15 p.m. Cake Cutting, Bouquet Toss and Garter Toss

    First up is the cake cutting, followed by bouquet toss and garter toss. This is also a good time for the bride and groom to say a few words and thank their guests for coming.

    9:35 p.m. Open Dance Floor

    Dance until the night ends!

    11:30 p.m. Grand Exit

    Arrange for a final song with your DJ or band ahead of time, and also arranged to be cued that the song is coming up. Say your final goodbyes and hug your final hugs.

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