Consider the following when creating your wedding day timeline:

  • Travel time to the venue.
  • Travel time if ceremony and reception is at different locations.
  • Arranging transport for bridal party to ensure a quicker smoother run.
  • Will there be a first look?
  • Hair & make up, Length of your ceremony, signing your register, reception, first dance, allocate the correct timings for each element on the day.
  • Cocktail hour – Try to stick to an hour. Guests get bored waiting around so do not keep them waiting for too long while you are taking your photos.
  • Number of speeches and toasts – give each speaker a maximum of about 5 minutes each.
  • Ceremony time as your starting point and work backwards, list all your events and then allocate the times.
  • It is tempting to put an early start time on your invitations but my advice, please don’t. This will annoy your guests who arrive early. Rather factor this into your ceremony time so add about 10 mins extra.
  • Make sure your photographer is booked for the number of hours to ensure you get what you want.
  • Food service. Don’t make your guests wait for food and drinks.
  • Make sure you distribute your timeline to all your vendors.
  • Talk to wedding planners to assist with timelines or leave it to your wedding planner if you have booked one.

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