Your wedding day-of timeline is an essential part of your big day. It’s crucial that you not only make one, but distribute multiple copies to all vendors involved to ensure your day runs seamlessly. While some events may not seem worth adding to your timeline because they are only 5 minutes, think again. You don’t want to wing it on your wedding day! Here are 5 wedding day mishaps you can easily avoid.
MAKING THE ASSUMPTION THAT IT WILL JUST HAPPEN
Moments like your father-daughter dance or the toasts may seem like they’ll just spontaneously arise whenever your DJ or band decides, but not inserting it into your timeline is a major mistake. Do yourself a HUGE favor and fine-tooth all these mini important events into your day-of timeline with your wedding planning. And don’t leave anything out! If you you want it to happen, put it on your timeline.
HAVING TOO LONG OF A COCKTAIL HOUR OR NOT ATTENDING YOUR COCKTAIL HOUR
Guests tend to get a little antsy if cocktail hour lasts longer than an hour. You also don’t want them overdoing it on the alcohol before they’ve put anything more substantial than appetizers in their stomachs. This is where a first look comes in handy–if you’re taking photos during cocktail hour, you’re going to feel way too rushed and miss out socializing with your guests. If you are not doing a first look, try to at least get done your formal shots with your bridesmaids and family before the ceremony. This way after the ceremony your photography shot list won’t be too long during cocktail hour.
NOT LEAVING ENOUGH TIME FOR HAIR AND MAKEUP
The last thing you want is to feel rushed the morning of your wedding day. Schedule your glam team for about an hour a person–so if you have four bridesmaids, yourself, and your mom with hair appointments, plan for six hours. And better yet, hire two people to cut the getting ready time in half. Bonus – each girl won’t have to keep checking in every hour. This will allot plenty of time to relax, drink a mimosa, and capture those getting ready pictures of you and your bridesmaids in their matching robes.
NOT CONSIDERING A FIRST LOOK
First looks are becoming more and more the norm, and it’s easy to see why. With a first look you save a ton of time by taking your formal shots beforehand. Your hair and makeup will still be flawless, you’ll be giddy with anticipation, and you won’t have to skip cocktail hour for snapshots.
HAVING A RECEIVING LINE
Receiving lines might ensure that you give everyone a brief hug, but consider skipping the line and heading straight to the party. That way, you’ll be able to spend actual time with each guest without feeling like you need to keep the line moving. Receiving lines take up a large chunk of time, create congestion in the venue, and don’t allow for much of an interaction.