Your wedding day timeline is crucial for the day-of, but we know they aren’t always the easiest thing to create! 😉 It’s why we work with our couples on key essentials very early on in the planning process. Naturally, there are a few planning pieces that need to be established before the timeline; those would include:
So now that you’ve nailed down your date, booked your venue and many of your vendors, you are at the point in your planning process where you are going to begin thinking about the timeline for the day-of.
It’s important to remember that the goal of a wedding day timeline is to serve as a roadmap. The timeline should be detailed but also flexible and allow for all of your priorities as a couple to be highlighted… while also ensuring you have a fun & stress-free day!
When creating your wedding day timeline, it’s important you start with Four Essentials:
These first four timepoints are your guiding points. They form the anchor of your timeline and will serve as the points around which the rest of your timeline will fall into place.
We recommend starting with these four essentials and building everything else off of them! You’ll be able to communicate these times to your guests + vendors moving forward, and the rest of the timeline pieces will naturally fall into place.
Here are a few additional tips for each of these essentials:
Ceremony Start Time –
Cocktail Hour Start Time –
Dinner Start Time –
Reception Start Time –
Building a realistic timeline is critical – we want to encourage you to work with your vendor(s) moving forward to really take into account every vendor’s needs. This is one of the advantages of working with an event planning team – they are able to be that middle team member making sure all the voices and needs are heard. We love working with our couples to ensure their day-of is smooth, while also factoring in vendor needs so the service is exceptional for all involved!
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