Thoughts on my wedding timeline?

Layla, on October 16, 2021 at 9:24 PM Posted in Planning 0 3

My micro-wedding is in the Northeast (US) in January, so it will be really cold! Sunset is at 4:45pm but the venue is in the mountains so it will probably get darker a little earlier than that. My photographer suggested 2:45pm-4:15pm would be the best time for photos, so I'm just trying to figure out a timeline that makes sense. I want to do a few pictures outside but realistically they will probably be mostly inside because of the weather, so I'm not sure how important daylight is. I'm just really lost & need advice! What do you think of this?

3:15pm - 3:45pm - family pictures (not sure how this works/who is in these pictures but I see it in other timelines)

3:45pm - 4:30pm - first look & bride/groom pictures

4:30pm - 5pm - pre-ceremony toast/snacks (the venue is a long drive from home so I want a buffer of time before the ceremony)

5pm - 5:30pm - ceremony

5:30pm - 6:30pm - cocktail hour

6:30pm - 8pm - dinner

8pm - 9:30pm cake, dancing

We can extend the timeline past 9:30pm but since it's a micro wedding I'm not sure how much dancing we will want to be doing


Latest activity by Hannah, on October 17, 2021 at 12:38 AM
  • Samantha
    Devoted August 2022
    Samantha ·
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    I personally would at least flip your first look and family pictures. The family pictures are the group shots you see of the couple with both sets of parents, with the bride's side, and then with the groom's side, among many others, and typically the bride and groom are in at least some of those together. So doing your first look before that will be a nice moment to just be the two of you. Other than that I honestly think it looks great. We're pretty much skipping dancing and are just extended the dinner and dessert portion, but other than that the time allocated to each item looks a lot like mine.
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  • Katie
    Rockstar August 2020
    Katie ·
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    Agree with Samantha 👍 something to consider is confirming with your florist that decor will be set before 3:15 so to have it included in background of your photos. ❤️❤️❤️
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  • Hannah
    Dedicated October 2021
    Hannah ·
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    Your dinner time is pretty long, but I’m not sure how many guests you have or if you’re doing a plated/buffet dinner! If you are lumping in going around to tables to greet your guests and toasts into dinner, then yeah that’s a good timeline. But dinner itself probably won’t last 1.5 hours
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