How to Rock your Wedding Day Timeline

      Keeping to your wedding day timeline can mean the difference between a smooth, stress free celebration and keeping your guests waiting in the hot sun, skipping your portrait session, and serving dinner an hour late. Remember these six tips as you plan your big day.



      Take into consideration any extra time consuming details during each portion of the day. Do you have a gift to open? Or a special moment you want to have with a loved one? Does your dress or suit take an army to get you into it? Scheduling time for each of these things will help to keep you from losing precious time.

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      Family Portraits

      If not organized, this could be the biggest time suck of the day! In order to avoid that, make sure to provide your photographer with a detailed list of the groups you want portraits of. Reminding each of those people the night before were to be and when, as well as asking them not to leave that spot until the photographers are finished could save you your sanity. A great thing you can do is give a couple family members your portraits list and put them in charge of wrangling everyone.

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      Do a First Look

      Related to keeping the family portraits well organized, doing a First Look earlier in the day will allow you to get all the family portraits out of the way before the ceremony, meaning no one has to take time away from the cocktail hour. Seeing each other for the first time at your ceremony is really romantic, but a First Look can be even more romantic. It’s private and gives you two the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company in your own time, without all your guests watching you. Put the First Look and all the portraits earlier in your wedding day timeline and it will be purely celebration after the ceremony.

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      Booking a party bus if you have to travel on a wedding day keeps your whole party together without having to worry about anyone getting lost, stuck in traffic, etc. Also, make sure that you communicate ahead of time with your driver exactly where they will be taking you, addresses and all.


      Skip the Receiving Line

      Unless you had your heart set on shaking the hands of 200 guests, feel free to skip this time consuming tradition. If you’re able to go to your cocktail hour, that’s the perfect time to mingle with your guests and doesn’t take up any extra time! Plus, you can have some private moments together after the ceremony without having to worry about keeping your guests waiting.


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      Trust your Vendors

      When making your selection on which companies you will be hiring to make your wedding day perfect, it is incredibly important that you’re able to put your full trust into he professionals. Micro-managing your own wedding can actually cause a delay in the timeline, because you have to focus on all the details instead of the celebration of your marriage!


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