Everyone wants their wedding day to run smoothly and the right timeline is important. But what does the perfect wedding timeline look like?
The drinks reception before guests eat, the speeches, the time between the wedding breakfast and the evening reception. You don’t want your guests hungry, too merry or bored. So, you need to create the the perfect wedding timeline. The timeline that’s right for you.
How to Create the Perfect Wedding Timeline?
There are two things you need to consider when creating the perfect wedding timeline, give yourself time to get ready and think about the light!
In the morning you need to give yourself enough time not only for hair and make up, but also getting in to your dress. Does it need lacing up? Are there a lot of buttons? You want to give yourself time to enjoy the morning and spending time with the people who will be with you. Are you having getting ready shots? All of this takes time.
If you get married too late in the day you need to think about the light for your photographer. The summer months this isn’t too much of an issue, but if you are after a winter wedding the sun starts to set really early.
What is the Perfect Wedding Timeline?
Working backwards and forwards from the time you want to get married will determine what you can fit into the day and how much you have for each aspect.
A 2pm ceremony gives you that time in the morning and gives you guests time to eat before they arrive. The length of your wedding ceremony will depend first and foremost on how many different elements you choose to include, as well as if you are having a religious or secular ceremony. Readings, songs, hymns will all impact on the timing. You need to work all of this out before you can put together your timeline.
Next we need to think about photos. Do you want group shots? Do you want to go somewhere in particular and how far away is this from your venue. Are you traveling from one place to another.
A cocktail reception with wonderful canapes is the perfect way to keep guests entertained whilst you go off for photographs and keep the hunger at bay before your wedding breakfast. 90 minutes will usually give you time to get the photos you want and to spend some time with your guests getting congratulated!
Speeches Before or After?
Not everyone has speeches at their wedding but if you choose to have them, unless you are a comedian, don’t talk for too long! If you feel nervous, speeches before the wedding breakfast is always a good idea, then you are able to enjoy your food. Afterall, you have paid good money for it!
The Evening Guests
There will be things you don’t want your evening guests to miss. The cake, the first dance so wait until they arrive before factoring these in.
The timing of the evening food can be tricky, you need to feed your day time guests again but what time did you finish your wedding breakfast and if your evening guests arrive without eating dinner they will be hungry. Cookie walls, donut walls, sweetie tables can keep the hunger at bay.
The Perfect Wedding Timeline
8:00am – Breakfast – it is so important that you eat!
8:30am – Hair and make up
1.00pm – Groom arrives at the wedding venue
1;15pm – Guests start to arrive
1.45pm – Bride arrives
2:00pm – Ceremony
2:30pm – Confetti shot!
2:45pm – Cocktails and canapes whilst the Bride and Groom go for photos
4:00pm – Seat guests for dinner
4:10pm – Speeches
4:30pm – Wedding Breakfast
6:30pm – The Bride and Groom have time together, away from the hussle and bussle of the day
7:00pm – Evening guests begin to arrive
7:30pm – Cutting of the cake and first dance
8:00pm – The Band start to play epic tunes!
9:00pm – The evening food starts to come out
Still Not Sure?
As part of my wedding planning service I offer an advice hour. Meeting with couples who want to plan their own wedding but need advice on small aspects of the day. If you are having trouble creating the perfect wedding timeline, then why not give me a call.