Brittany
Super May 2020

Wedding Timeline- Show me yours!!

Brittany, on October 8, 2019 at 4:12 PM Posted in Planning 8 28
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Hey everyone! I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with creating my wedding day timeline. Let me see yours for some inspiration!!! Smiley heart Please & thank you!


EDIT: Should the first dance, father daughter dance, groom & mother dance be before or after dinner?

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Latest activity by Bethany, on January 31, 2020 at 10:06 PM
  • Amber
    Master February 2020
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    This is my rough draft timeline for our Sunday afternoon wedding. I may be adjusting a few things here and there, but this is the general schedule I'm going for. Hope it helps!

    9:00 Arrive at venue to begin setup
    11:00 Brief lunch break/begin getting ready
    1:15 Pre-wedding photos (bride w/ her family, groom w/ his family, bride & bridesmaid, groom & groomsmen)
    2:15 Finish photos to return to bride/groom suite (snack, relax, shake the nerves lol)
    2:40 Early bird guests start to arrive
    3:00 Invite time
    3:10 Ceremony Begins (to accommodate late comers if necessary)
    3:35 Ceremony Ends/Guests move to reception area
    3:40 Cocktail Hour/Post Ceremony Photos
    4:40 Introduction of Bride & Groom/First Dance
    4:50 Welcome (Father of the Bride)
    4:55 Prayer from Grandfather of Groom
    5:00 Dinner begins (buffet style)
    5:30 Toasts
    5:45 Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Dances
    6:00 Dancing
    6:40 Cake cutting
    7:05 Bouquet/Garter Toss
    7:10 Sunset Photos
    7:30 Last Dance
    7:45 Send Off

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  • Brittany
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    This helps tremendously! What is "invite time"?

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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
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    Mine is super detailed so I've cut some things out about vendor arrival times and things of that nature.


    8 am- hair and makeup arrive and setup

    8:30 am- hair and makeup begins

    1:30 pm- bridal party gets into dresses

    2 pm- Caytlyn gets into dress, bridal photos

    2:30 pm- first look

    3 pm- BP photos

    4 pm- end photos, touch up hair and makeup

    4:30 pm- ceremony begins

    5 pm- cocktail hour begins, family photos begin

    5:20 pm- photos of couple alone, sign marriage license

    6 pm- grand entrance/first dance

    6:10 pm- welcome speech from bride

    6:15 pm- prayer from bride's aunt

    6:20 pm- dinner is served

    7 pm- speeches begin, dinner continues

    7:20 pm- spotlight dances

    7:30 pm - cake cutting

    7:35 pm- dance floor opens

    10:30 pm - last song for guests

    10:45 pm - guests leave

    10:55 pm- last dance, couple only

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  • Jasmin
    Dedicated July 2020
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    Wedding TimelineWedding Timeline- Show me yours!! 1

    Don't mind the million dances, its a long story haha!

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  • Amber
    Master February 2020
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    Invite time refers to the time on the actual invitations, while the ceremony start time is 5-10 minutes after (because you know SOMEONE will be running late lol) Smiley smile

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  • Brittany
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    I didn't even know that was a thing! I put ceremony time on the invites as 3:30 so I have to start at 3:35 or 3:40?

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  • Brittany
    Super May 2020
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    This is exactly how I want to do mine, super detailed because I am my own wedding planner so everything has to be mapped out to the minute! Thank you!

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  • CourtneyBrittain
    Master August 2019
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    Here was mine - Keep in mind we had two shooters throughout the day


    11:30 Arrive/Set up

    12:15 Light Lunch

    12:30 Photographers Arrive - Details/Rehearsal Photos

    1:00 Rehearsal

    1:30 Random Getting Ready photos

    2:15 Groom/Groomsmen Photos

    2:30 First Look

    3:15 Bridal Photos/Bride and Groom Individually

    3:25 Bride/Bridesmaids photos

    3:45 Family Photos

    4:30 Bridal Party Photos

    4:50 Hide and last minute touch ups/restroom break

    5:20 Walk over to chapel


    Ceremony

    5:30 Processional

    5:40 Prayer/Give Away

    5:45 Sermonette

    5:55 Vows

    6:00 Rings/Kiss

    6:05 Announcement/Recessional

    -Pics of Mr. & Mrs.


    Reception

    6:30 Bridal Party enters - Announce each person

    6:35 Grand Entrance - First Dance

    6:45 Pizza! - Officiant Blesses the food (Bride and Groom first to eat so are able to make rounds and thank all for coming)

    7:25 Toasts

    7:45 Shoe Game

    8:00 Father/Daughter Dance

    8:05 Mother/Son Dance

    8:10 Family Dance

    8:15 Dance Floor Opens - Mr & Mrs Sunset Pics

    8:45 Cake Cutting

    9:00 Dollar Dance (ended up not happening)

    9:15 Bouquet Toss/Garter Toss

    9:25 Keep dancing

    10:20 Send guests outside for send off, Mr & Mrs last dance & Goodbye to parents

    10:30 Send Off!

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  • Amber
    Master February 2020
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    You don't have to, but I know my FH's side of the family and they tend to be the tardy type. It's really just a know your crowd type thing and I just don't want people showing up while I'm walking down the aisle. You can absolutely start the show exactly at the invite time!

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  • Brandi
    Devoted July 2020
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    Preliminary Schedule:

    10:00 AM: Meet Up (Separate locations for bridal and grooms party)
    This includes make up, hair, dress etc.
    12:30 PM: First round of pictures. We’re opting out of a first look so, we’ll get as much done without us crossing paths.
    2:30 PM: We head to the venue.
    3:00 PM: Ceremony Start

    Ceremony TL:
    Processional
    Giving Away of Bride
    1st Reading
    Marriage Address
    Sermonic Remarks
    2nd Reading
    Song Selection
    Exchange of Vows
    Ring Ceremony
    Unity Ceremony
    Prayer
    Announcement of Mr. And Mrs. Ray 😊🥰
    Recessional

    Reception:
    30 Minute Cocktail hour while we finish our pictures (our cocktail hour is scheduled for 1 hour but we will only need a 30 minute slot for pictures)
    Reception Processional
    First Dance
    MOG & Groom Dance (1 minute)
    Brother of Bride & I dance (1 minute)
    3- Minute Time Slot for wedding party speeches
    Husband and I “thank you’s”
    Toast
    Food Blessing
    45 minute Dinner w/out dance floor (people can still eat, buffet style but I need a moment before I party the rest of the night)
    Open Dance Floor.
    6:45 PM: Garter & Bouquet Toss
    Cake Cutting
    7:45 PM: Last Dance and grand Exit.
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  • Brittany
    Super May 2020
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    I love this!!

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  • Brandi
    Devoted July 2020
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    Also to note: 2:45 is listed on invitations. I want to start at 3. But, 3:10 the latest. Our ceremony and reception is right next door from each other. We have our venue from 3-8pm.
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  • W-K
    Super October 2019
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    7:00 am- wake up, get kids to school because they need to be out of my hair, shower and messy bun

    8:15am- IEP meeting with my son's teachers.

    9:15am- Surprise FH and BM with coffee and donuts.

    10:30am- makeup

    11am- pick up kids from school, drop son off with FH and BM

    12pm- hair

    1:15pm- groom and men arrive at church photos of the grooms party

    1:20pm- me and daughter and my crew arrive at church, shimmy into wedding dress, get daughter dressed

    1:45pm- photos with bridal party

    2:00pm- ceremony starts. They all better be there on time.

    2:30- 3pm- photos with everyone. We have such a small amount of people coming, no one is going to be "waiting around."

    3:45pm- arrive at restaurant

    4pm- food! and whatever after that. We're doing just dinner.




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  • CourtneyBrittain
    Master August 2019
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    Glad I could help! Smiley smile

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  • Elizabeth
    Dedicated December 2019
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    Last dance, couple only Smiley heart that is so sweet. What a special moment you and your new husband will share together

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  • Erin
    Dedicated August 2020
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    Another May 2020 bride here! Just gotta say that you guys are soooo prepared. I haven't even started planning the timeline out yet. Keep telling myself that I have a time, lol.


    But here's the general idea:

    11 am - hair

    2 pm - get to church & getting dressed photos

    2:45 pm - first look with dad

    3:00 pm - bride & BM, FH & GM, Bride & immediate family, groom & immediate fam

    4:00 pm - ceremony

    5:00 pm - BP pics & larger family pics

    6:30 pm - cocktail 30 starts

    7:00 pm - Grand entrance

    Then welcome, eat, cut cake, toasts, first dance, father/daughter, Mom/son, everybody (parents first dance songs) boquet & garter, dance some, dollar dance, party more until 10:30 pm

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  • Carrie
    Beginner November 2019
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    Following!
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  • Alma
    Devoted June 2021
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    This is my crazy timeline so far! I know it wont be perfect but I want it to transition as smooth as possible.


    7:00 AM – 12 PM – START WITH HAIR & MAKE UP FOR

    11:00 PM – 3: 00 PM - VENDOR ARRIVES TO SET UP VENUE

    12:00 PM – ALL BP ARRIVES TAKE PICTURES UNWIND AND MAKE A TOAST

    1:00 PM – PHOTOGRAPHER ARRIVES TO HOTEL

    1:15 PM – GROOMS MEN ARRIVE AT MARINA VILLAGE

    1:15 PM – DAD ARRIVES AT HOTEL

    1:30 PM – TROLLEY ARRIVES

    - (TAKE PICTURES WITH GIRLS AND TAKE A SPIN W/ K AND MOM & DAD)

    - TELL TROLLEY THEY NEED TO DROP US OFF RIGHT BEHIND CEREMONY POINT AND WAIT IN PARKING LOT

    1:00 PM – CEREMONY MUSIC STARTS (WHO IS SETTING IT UP?)

    1:55 PM – ARRIVE TO MARINA VILLAGE

    2:00 PM – CEREMONY STARTS W/ ELIANA ANNOUNCE NO CELLS AND MUSIC STARTS SONG TO PLAY?

    2:30 PM – CEREMONY ENDS (TAKE A GROUP PICTURE)

    2:45 PM – 4:30 PM – BOARD THE TROLLEY AND HEAD OUT FOR PICTURES & RETURN

    4:00 PM – RECEPTION OPENS W/ DINNER

    4:30 PM – GRAND ENTRANCE ANNOUNCEMENT (10 MIN)

    4:45 PM – FIRST DANCE AND NATALIA SINGING (5 MIN)

    4:55 PM – TOAST FROM US

    5:10 PM – TOAST FROM PARENTS & BRIDAL PARTY (30 MIN)

    6:00 PM – DINNER ENDS

    6:00 PM – DANCE FLOOR OPENS

    8:00 PM – CUT THE CAKE

    8:30 PM – LA VIVORA DE LA MAR

    9:00 PM – BOUQUET TOSS

    11:45 – LAST DANCE

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  • Brittany
    Super May 2020
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    Well thank you so much! I appreciate it. I know we have a little over 7 months left but I'm REEEALLY stressing out because we still have all the little stuff left over. It's driving me nuts. I thought I was on top of everything until I remembered having to make a timeline!!

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  • R
    Just Said Yes May 2021
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    September 2020 👰,
    i am liking this WeddingWire. I am going to be my own wedding planner and I don’t even know how to start my timeline. Great one to see here. 👍👍
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