how to do a wedding day-of timeline, wedding day timeline, sample wedding timeline

The last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day is fitting everything in. Work with your photographer to set a timeline so you don’t miss the bouquet toss and all of your vendors are on the same page and running smoothly. When you send this to the vendors they will be able to determine their start time and end time. Add your vendors name, contact numbers and emails to the timeline and print copies for each vendor, your made-of-honor and mother so you can just sip champagne and enjoy the best day of your life!I assembled this timeline for you to use as a sample when starting your wedding day-of timeline. This sample is for a 4:00pm ceremony start time, the couple doing a first look before the wedding and hiring a photographer for 7 1/2 hours. From here you can adjust the times according to your preference. Get more wedding planning tips here.


1:30 PM: Bridal party getting ready shots
2:15 PM: Photographer starts with groomsmen
2:25 PM: Dress on
2:35 PM: Couple photo ready
2:40 PM: First look & couple shots
3:05 PM: Portraits with family
3:30 PM: Bride tucks back into bridal suite, groom & family head to ceremony site to greet guests
4:00 PM: Ceremony starts
4:30 PM: Ceremony concludes, guests parade to reception for cocktails & passed hors d’oeuvres
5:45 PM: Guests are invited into reception dining room to be seated for dinner
6:00 PM: Bridal party & couple introduced into the room
6:10 PM: Couple’s first dance followed by brief welcome toast from bride’s father
6:15 PM: Dinner service to begin with salad course, starter course & entrée course.
7:15 PM: Photographer grabs couple for golden hour romantic shots
7:30 PM: Toasts to take place once couple is back from photos
7:45 PM: Father daughter dance, mother son dance, followed by open dance floor
8:45 PM: Bouquet and garter toss
8:55 PM: Cake cutting & coffee service