Your wedding day will run a lot more smoothly, and you will feel a whole lot more relaxed if you set a schedule ahead of time. A play-by-play wedding schedule will help you and your wedding party know where to be and what to do at all times. If it’s your first time planning a wedding, if can be hard to know how long everything will take and how much time you need to allocate for all your wedding day activities. If you’re working with a wedding coordinator or planner, a wedding day timeline is likely something they will handle, but it is useful to build your own as well for peace of mind.
If you’re working with a wedding coordinator or planner, a wedding day timeline is likely something they will handle, but it is useful to get a general idea of how the day will go from your side too. As a guide, we’ve created a sample timeline for a 3pm ceremony and 6pm reception, which you can use as a starting point. The following format works well in our venues, but there are no hard and fast rules. Traditionally, the pattern of events is as follows, but the timings are only approximations. Pin the guide on your wedding planning boards, and use it as a guide for your own wedding day schedule.
If you set a thorough and realistic timeline for everyone involved in your wedding day it’ll make the world of difference on the day. Make sure that you allow for a buffer around your key activities (like the official shoot) in case something runs overtime. Once you’ve figured it all out, make copies and ensure everyone involved (including your suppliers) is across it.