When it comes to your wedding, timing is everything! That’s why creating a wedding day timeline is absolutely vital. eep in mind though that each couple's wedding timeline will be unique to their own wedding day, That being said, there are some tried-and-true wedding day timeline secrets that, if followed, will help your big day go off without a hitch. Check the image below for a timeline look.
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Do you have a Wedding Planner?
If you have said Yes they will do a lot of the hard work and try and get the timeline of you wedding day and break it down yes you will be in touch with them so they can create something that is truly not stressful on any of you.
No Wedding Planner! This guideline will truly help you get a feel of a full day wedding break.
Two hours: Wedding party gets ready.
Start off your wedding day by giving yourself plenty of time to get ready with your wedding party
15 minutes: Bride gets dressed. If you're wearing a traditional wedding dress, you'll want to give yourself enough time to get dressed and accessorize. The last thing you want is to feel rushed while slipping into your wedding outfit.
45 minutes: Solo portraits.
Now's the time for your photographer to capture you in your wedding day look. More time with your pro means plenty of chances to get every single glam shot you want.
About 30 minutes: Photos with your wedding party.
Gather your crew for wedding party photos. Don't forget to include your parents, your partner's parents and kids in the wedding party for this portion too.
The very Popular 30 minutes: First look and photos with the couple.
Believe it or not, the First Look doesn't tak e very long too photograph, so you only need a few minutes. The rest of the time can be allotted for wedding party photos if you want to capture some before the ceremony. "It's actually shocking how quick a first look happens.
30 minutes: Wedding party travels from getting ready location to ceremony venue.
If you're getting ready at your ceremony venue, this isn't a necessary time block.
30 minutes: Prelude music begins as guests start to arrive.
Having music play as guests arrive will set the mood, and it'll alleviate any awkward pauses or confusing moments.
1 hour: Ceremony.
This time block will vary most among couples can take just 15-20 minutes, while a religious ceremony will take closer to an hour (if not more).
50 minutes: Family photos.
When it comes to family portraits, it's best to prepare a generous amount of time. "Give your photographer and planner a rundown of family dynamics before the wedding," Fowler advises. Doing so will help everyone stay focused during this time. With only a short block to capture a variety of groups together, it's necessary to remain on task and move quickly. "Keep this photo time no longer than 45 minutes to one hour. If you don't catch the 'perfect' photo at this time, don't stress. You have the rest of the evening for more organic photos to take place."
1 hour: Cocktail hour.
hile you take family portraits, guests will fill their time with cocktails, light bites and music. This is one of the most important time blocks to focus on, so be sure to touch base with all relevant vendors.
15 minutes: Reception begins. Newlywed introduction and first dance.
Once guests find their seats, it's time to make your grand newlywed entrance.
This will lead directly into your First dance.
40 minutes: Guests return to seats. First course is served.
After a few songs, guests are encouraged to take their seats as the first course is served.
40 minutes: Main course is served.
Once the first course is cleared, move to the second.
15 minutes: Wedding party speeches.
This moment is likely the last time all guests will be seated, making it an opportune moment to arrange wedding party speeches. The best man is traditionally the first to speak, followed by the maid of honor. This order, though, is completely up to you. Follow tradition if that's what you want, or create an entirely personal lineup of speakers. What matters most, though, is that each speech is approximately two to three minutes.
10 minutes: Parent dances.
It's time for parent dances. Though they'll be brief, both are emotional (and special) moments for parents to enjoy with their kids.
10 minutes: Cake cutting ceremony. Dessert served.
it's time to celebrate on the dance floor. Break up the fun by setting aside a few moments to cut your wedding cake
15 minutes: Wedding exit.
Cue your wedding exit song and leave your reception with a grand departure.
This is your time to enjoy every last moment of your wedding day.
Remember your photographer.
Wedding Photography Packages usually include the number of hours your photographer will work on your wedding day—this is super-important. If you want your photographer to photograph your whole entire day—including you and your crew getting ready — you'll need to pay for at least eight hours of coverage — and that may not even take your photographer to the very end of your reception. Think about how much time you have with your photographer, and when you'd like him or her to start and finish shooting on your big day. If you've paid for less than eight hours, you'll need to be strategic about when your photographer will start and finish and decide if it's more important for your photographer to shoot your getting-ready activities or the end of the night.
Overall this is a huge process for weddings but in the End it is all worth it after doing your homework for most of the year to lead to this very 1st precious moment.
Enjoy every last moment and create beautiful memories together.