How to create your wedding day timeline

April 20, 2023
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Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, and the wedding day can be just as stressful as exciting. That’s why having a well-planned day-of wedding timeline is crucial to ensure everything runs smoothly and according to plan. I want to share some tips and tricks for creating a day-of wedding timeline to help you stay on schedule and enjoy your special day.

First things first, start by working backward from your ceremony start time. Determine how much time you’ll need for hair and makeup, getting dressed, and transportation to the ceremony venue. Then, factor in some buffer time for unexpected delays or traffic. Be sure to also communicate with your vendors to ensure that they have a clear understanding of the timeline and any special requests you may have.

Here’s a sample day-of wedding timeline that you can customize to fit your own needs:

8:00 AMHair and Makeup: Start the day by getting hair and makeup done. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time, more times than not. Hair and makeup take longer than anticipated.

12:00 PMLunch Take: a break and enjoy a light lunch with your wedding party. This is a great time to relax and take a breather before the festivities begin.


1:00 PMGetting Dressed: Start getting dressed with the help of your bridesmaids or groomsmen. Getting ready is a special moment, so take your time and enjoy it!


2:00 PMFirst Look and Pre-Ceremony Photos: If you plan on doing a first look, schedule this along with pre-ceremony photos. The First look is a great way to get candid shots and capture the moment before the ceremony begins.


3:00 PMTransportation to Ceremony: Make sure you leave enough time for transportation to the ceremony venue. Be sure to factor in any traffic or road closures.

3:30 PM – Ceremony: The moment you’ve been waiting for! Exchange your vows and become officially married.


4:00 PMCocktail Hour: While your guests enjoy the festivities of the cocktail hour, You and your family members will take this time to take some formal photos. If you had a First look, you might have time to enjoy cocktail hour with your guests.

5:00 PMReception: Kick off the reception with your grand entrance and start the party! Make sure to leave enough time for speeches, dances, and cake-cutting.


9:00 PMFinal Dance and Farewell: End the night with a final dance and farewell to your guests. A send-off is a great way to end the night and leave a lasting impression on your guests.

Remember, every wedding is unique, so customize this timeline to fit your own needs. Be sure to communicate with your vendors and wedding party to ensure everyone is on the same page. And most importantly, enjoy your special day! It will go by fast, so savor every moment and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Q: Should I hire a wedding planner to create my wedding day timeline?

A: Hiring a wedding planner can definitely be helpful in creating your wedding day timeline, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure of where to start. However, if you’re on a tight budget, you can create your own timeline with the help of online resources and templates.

Q: How much time should I allocate for hair and makeup on my wedding day?

A: It depends on how many people will be getting their hair and makeup done and how elaborate the hairstyles and makeup will be. Generally, you should allow at least 2-3 hours for the bride’s hair and makeup and 1-2 hours for each bridesmaid.

Q: How much time should I allocate for speeches and dances?

A: It’s a good idea to allocate at least 30 minutes for speeches and around 1-2 hours for dances.

Q: What should I do if my wedding day timeline gets off track?

A: Don’t panic! It’s normal for things to get a little off track on your wedding day. The best thing you can do is to stay flexible and communicate with your wedding party and vendors to make adjustments as needed.