Creating a Realistic Wedding Day Timeline

Wedding Reception TimelineNow that we have established you should create a wedding day timeline, it’s time to talk more about what that might look like. Many brides are a bit too optimistic when it comes to scheduling their big days. Underestimating how long preparations and various events will take, can seriously push back your departure time, not to mention leave your guests feeling anxious waiting for that delicious cake you selected. By talking with your wedding professionals you can help set a realistic timeline that will keep everything – and everyone – on track during your big day!

Set Expectations Grounded In Real Life, Your Real Life

You know yourself better than anyone else. If you’re perpetually running fifteen minutes late, there’s no reason to think your wedding day will be any different. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to help keep your wedding day on schedule, and planning realistically is a big part of that.

  • Give yourself extra time, especially for getting ready, to keep from starting the ceremony late. Keep in mind the ceremony start time is the least flexible item on your timeline!
  • Also, have a designated person to field calls and run errands, should any emergencies arise or guests need directions, etc. Delegation is key to keeping yourself on schedule, and preventing undue stress being placed on your family and friends.
  • Formal photo sessions take a lot longer than many people realize, often because essential family members wander off before the picture taking begins. Make sure your photographer knows exactly who should be in your formal photos, and enlist help corralling your group together so the pictures can be knocked out in no time.
  • Your DJ is your best bet for keeping your reception events moving forward as planned. Make sure he or she has a detailed timeline of when to announce you, when your first dance should begin, when you’ll be tossing the bouquet, etc. He or she can also help keep the energy up during your reception, so your guests don’t become restless.


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