After months or even a year or so of planning your wedding, and as the day approaches, you will have to start thinking about the timeline/running order for the day. This is important as all your suppliers need to know what they should be doing when and so should your team. If you have got a wedding planner booked this will all be taken care of by them. If not it will be up to you to produce a schedule for the day. It is important to liaise with your suppliers so you can detail when they will arrive/set up. Don’t forget to give your schedule to your best man, ushers, bridesmaids and important family members. I set out below a timeline for a 2 pm wedding with service/ceremony:
- 9.30 am – Hair and make-up artist arrives at bride’s house
- 10.30 am – Photographer and videographer arrive at bride’s house
- 12.00 pm – Bridesmaids to be dressed
- 12.30 pm – Bride to be dressed
- 1.00 pm – Bridesmaids and Mother of the Bride leave for church/ceremony
- 1.00 pm – Photographer and videographer leave for church/ceremony
- 1.20 pm – Guests start arriving at church/ceremony to be greeted by ushers
- 1.20 pm – Bride leaves home with father
- 1.30 pm – Bridesmaids and Mother of the bride arrive at church/ceremony
- 1.40 pm – Photographs of Groom and the Best Man outside church/ceremony
- 1.45 pm – All guests to be seated in the church/ceremony room
- 1.50 pm – Bride and father arrive at the church/ceremony room
- 2.00 pm – Church service/ceremony begins (as a rough guide allow 40 minutes for a church service and between 20 and 30 minutes for a ceremony. This is all dependent on content of the service or ceremony.
- 2.45 pm – Photographs of bride and groom and immediate family – allow approximately 15 minutes
- 3.00 pm – Bride and groom leave for reception (if the reception is in the same place as the ceremony, they will just then move straight to the venue for the drinks’ reception)
- 3.30 pm – Bride and groom arrive at the reception venue
- 3.40 pm – Guests start to arrive
- 4.00 pm – Bride and groom are welcomed to the reception by their guests following photographs of the couple. Allow 90 minutes for a drinks reception. During this time the bride and groom and members of family and the bridal team will have photographs taken.
- 5.30 pm – Call to sit down – allow 30 minutes for guests to be seated. This will either be organised by the Wedding Planner or Catering Manager.
- 8.00 pm – the Wedding Breakfast finishes (allow two hours for a three course meal)
- 8 – 8.30 pm – Speeches
- 8.30 pm – 8.45 pm – Cake cutting
- 9.00 pm – First dance
- 12 am – Carriages
Timings will vary with distance between church and reception, or if you are having a ceremony and reception in the same venue. I hope this helps and remember if you need some help a wedding planner offers various services alongside full planning such as Partial Planning or Wedding Day Management.
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