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Timeline November wedding with 4pm ceremony

Samantha, on January 21, 2022 at 9:30 AM Posted in Planning 1 3
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Hi everyone! I’m trying to look for some suggestions on a good wedding day timeline.


We will have eight bridesmaids who will be getting hair and makeup (nothing elaborate), along with possibly my mother and the mother of the groom getting hair and makeup as well. We’re having our wedding in November a week after daylight savings, so we will have to take that into consideration. We would also love to take some golden hour shots after the ceremony during the cocktail hour, but we weren’t sure how doable that be. We will also be doing a first look prior to the ceremony. We have our venue from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. where we’d have to exit by 11 p.m. to for the last hour to be vendor breakdown and cleanup. We have our photographer and videographer from 1-11 p.m.
Any guidance would be great and examples of a sort of detailed breakdown if you had a similar situation would be even more awesome! 😊

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Latest activity by Lynnie, on January 24, 2022 at 3:40 PM
  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    Talk to your vendors! I created my timeline by speaking either my photographer and hair and make up artist. They are the experts and know how long certain things take and when they need to be done.
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  • M
    Expert September 2021
    Marianne ·
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    I agree with Hannah, your vendors will know best - I'd start with your photographer and see how long they think they'll need to do all photos before 3:30pm. Then talk to your HMU team and see how long they'll need - 45 minutes per person per service is a good estimate, and total length will depend on how many hair stylists and makeup artists you'll have. So your timeline may look something like this (assuming everything from getting ready to end of reception occurs at the same place):

    10:00am-1:00pm - hair/makeup (3 hair stylists and 3 makeup artists for 10 people + bride)

    1:00pm-3:30pm - photography

    3:30pm-4:00pm - hide while guests arrive

    4:00pm-4:30pm - ceremony

    4:30pm-5:30pm - cocktail hour

    5:30pm-5:45pm - guests find their seats

    5:45pm-6:00pm - wedding party entrances, first dance, toasts, and blessing

    6:00pm-7:00pm - dinner service

    7:00pm-7:10pm - father/daughter and mother/son dances, then open dance floor

    8:00pm - bouquet/garter toss

    9:00pm - cake cutting (usually the last "event" of the reception)

    11:00pm - reception ends

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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
    Lynnie ·
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    You should definitely talk to your wedding photographer and hair & makeup team first to get their input, then you'll be able to come up with a timeline!!

    This article has great scheduling tips and a sample timeline you can use as a starting point:

    9 Wedding Day Timeline Rules Every Couple Should Follow

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