Until I started wedding photography, I had no idea that a wedding day timeline was. Seriously! I’m not trying to alarm, but there are 100 different things to consider when you’re building your wedding day itinerary. From getting ready with your girls in the morning to running through a tunnel of sparklers with your new hubby.
Chandra Keel Events (A Phoenix-based expert wedding planner) says “a well-crafted timeline is one of the few essentials that can impact practically every aspect of your wedding day. When done properly, your wedding day is infinitely better and your vendors are able to do their job at their best."
*this is just a sample timeline and probably won’t fit your event perfectly
8:00am—Hair and Makeup (photographer arrives - Starts getting ready photos or the bride)
10:00am- Photographer starts getting pictures of the groom
12:00 pm- Photographer gets detail shots
2:00pm—Wedding party photos start at hotel
4:00–6:00pm— Vendors arrive for setup – two hours before ceremony (depends on the amount of decor being installed)
5:30pm—Guests arrive for wedding/Pre-ceremony music starts
5:45pm – Wedding Party line-up
6:15pm—Cocktail hour starts - Bride and groom
7:15pm—Move guests into dinner
Introduction of Wedding Party
Introduction of Bride & Groom
8:45 pm – Cake Cutting/Toasts
Special Parent Dances (Father-Daughter & Mother-Son/Fraternity or Sorority Songs)
9:00pm—General dancing music starts
10:15pm – Dancing
11:00pm – Car arrives/Exit
11:00pm—Breakdown (typically 1 hour load out)
So I have created a simple timeline that allows you to plan your wedding and share it with the wedding planner/day of planner, photographer, DJ, and servers.
Plan for an hour of formal pictures right after the ceremony. This is when cocktail hour is going on. Photos typically start with immediate family only. (Ex: Parents, siblings, and grandparents) Then moving onto the bridal parties. Ending with Just the bride and groom.
Click HERE to download the FREE wedding timeline