Wedding Weekly ~ Creating the Timeline ~ Part 2

In the last post, we looked at creating the wedding reception timeline. Now let’s work backwards from the ceremony to the beginning of the wedding day.

What activities will take place before the wedding ceremony? Hair, makeup, getting ready photos, first look, and bridal party/family photos. After listing out the appropriate pre-ceremony activities, it's best to overestimate the amount of time you will need for each category.

If the makeup artist says she'll be done in 30 minutes, it's a good idea to give her an hour time slot just in case. If you're estimating 1 hour for each bridesmaid for hair, adding an extra 30 minutes or an hour on the end will keep things running smoothly.

Weddings tend to run late, so padding in time is always a good idea. At the very worst, you'll just have a little extra time to take pictures and enjoy the day with your friends and family.

For this example, let’s say we have a small bridal party getting ready at the bride’s home which is 15 minutes from the ceremony location. After arriving at the ceremony location, the bride and groom will have their first look with their wedding photographer and then take bridal party portraits.

Here’s what our timeline might look like:

11:00 am – Bridesmaid 1 starts hair; Bridesmaid 2 does makeup

12:00 pm – Bride gets hair done; Bridesmaid 1 does makeup

1:00 pm – Bride gets makeup done; Bridesmaid 2 starts hair

1:00 pm – Wedding Photographers arrive at bride’s home

2:00 pm – Bride gets dressed

2:15 pm – Bride travels to ceremony location

2:30 pm – First look and Bride and Groom portraits

3:30 pm – Bridal party portraits

4:30 pm – Musicians start prelude

5:00 pm – Ceremony start time

Your timeline might not look anything like this example, but having a timeline written out will help your wedding day run as smoothly as possible.

Next week we'll talk about adding buffer time to your wedding day timeline.