Planning a wedding is no small feat, and that's why we're here to lend a hand. As photographers, videographers, entertainment pros, frequent wedding attendees, and generally obsessive wedding industry fans, we fancy our team pretty good at spotting wedding day timeline do's and don'ts. So without further hesitation, here are some tips:
1. DO: plan ahead
The first step to having a successful wedding day timeline is to create one! Create a run down sheet of all the tasks that need to be completed before the ceremony, after the ceremony, during the ceremony, and during the reception.
2. DON'T: Plan down to the minute
Your timeline needs breathing space. If you're expecting your makeup application to begin at 10:42 and end at 11:27, you'll need to give it some wiggle room. Renee, our Silverfox couple coordinator suggests that you should "always build in more time than you think because things never run exactly as planned!"
3. DO: Consult your vendors involved in the wedding day events
They are the professionals, and each vendor will operate uniquely. Only they know their services best, so reach out and ask how much time will be needed to get things done right and without pressure.
4. DO: Reduce the need for excessive transportation
The less opportunity there is to hit traffic, get lost, lose members of the bridal party, and have late guests, the better. This tip is helpful when it comes to choosing where to hold your ceremony and reception. Maybe you'll have them at the same place to avoid hassle. Maybe you'll stay the night at a hotel closer to where the wedding will be. Maybe you'll stop at a park for photos in between the ceremony and reception. Make sure to pick a place that's not out of the way. In fact, make sure to avoid going out of your way altogether.
5. DON'T: Have a receiving line
Skipping a receiving line after the ceremony will free up time for photos and allow you to mingle during your cocktail hour!
6. DO: Have a first look
First looks are such intimate, special moments that make for awesome photo-ops. They also free up so much time and reduce stress on the timeline.
7. DO: Alert family and bridal party members of the location and time for photos
These important people need to know where you want them and when you want them. It's not a good idea to assume that they will be easy to round up during the festivities for a photo- it won't be easy.
8. DO: Schedule alone time
Brides and grooms should take a few minutes to themselves during the day to take a breath, soak it all in, and have a bite to eat!
9. DON'T: Forget to give guidelines for speeches
A heads up about how many minutes the speeches should run will be appreciated by all parties involved.
10. DO: Include the night before in your timeline
Set a reasonable bedtime and try and stick to it. Stay away from too much alcohol to ensure you'll be feeling your best in the morning!