My best friend is currently planning her wedding and one of her biggest concerns at the moment is the wedding day timeline. The success of the entire wedding hinges on having a good timeline, so creating it can be a very stressful experience.
The first step to creating a timeline is determining the ceremony start time. From here you work backwards to the beginning of the day and forwards to the end of the wedding reception.
For the purpose of this post, let’s focus on the reception timeline. Many venues will put an hour limit on your reception, so it’s pretty simple to split up the reception into cocktail hour, food service, cake, and dancing.
Let’s start with a 5 pm ceremony start time. We’ll reserve 30 minutes for the ceremony, 30 minutes for travel time to the reception, 1 hour for cocktail hour, 2 hours for dinner, and 2 hours for cake and dancing.
Here’s what our wedding timeline would look like:
5:00 pm – Ceremony
5:30 pm – Travel to reception
6:00 pm – Cocktail Hour and Family portraits
7:00 pm – Dinner
9:00 pm – Cake and dancing
11:00 pm – Bride and Groom getaway
For some brides, this timeline might not be detailed enough. Here are some things you could add to make it more specific:
-prelude start time
-processional start time
-family portraits start and end time
-bridal party reception entrance time
-first dance time
-dinner service start time
-cake cutting time
Next week we’ll plan out the beginning of the day, starting from the ceremony and working backwards.