Wedding day sample timeline

Wedding day sample timeline

Wedding day sample timeline

Great, you’re getting married. And now you keep getting asked  for a timeline, but you don’t know how much time you’ll need let alone what a sample timeline would look like. I’ve got a sample timeline just for you!

SAMPLE TIMELINE WITH FIRST LOOK

1:00 PHOTOGRAPHER ARRIVES
1:15 GETTING READY PHOTOS
2:15 FIRST LOOK/BRIDE & GROOM PHOTOS
3:15 BRIDAL PARTY PHOTOS
4:00 FAMILY PHOTOS
4:30 BREAK-BRIDE GOES INTO HIDING- PHOTOGRAPHERS PHOTOGRAPH DETAIL OF CEREMONY AND RECEPTION
5:00 CEREMONY
5:30 COCKTAIL HOUR
6:30 RECEPTION BEGINS
DINNER
TOASTS
FIRST DANCES
CAKE CUTTING
BOUQUET / GARTER TOSS
OPEN DANCING
SPARKLER/BUBBLES/ EXIT

 

SAMPLE TIMELINE WITHOUT FIRST LOOK

1:30 PHOTOGRAPHER ARRIVES
1:30 GETTING READY PHOTOS
2:00 BRIDE IN HIDING
3:00 CEREMONY
3:30 FAMILY PHOTOS
4:00 Bridal Party Photos
4:30 BRIDE & GROOM PHOTOS
4:30 COCKTAIL HOUR
5:30 RECEPTION BEGINS
DINNER
TOASTS
FIRST DANCES
CAKE CUTTING
BOUQUET / GARTER TOSS
OPEN DANCING
9:30 SPARKLER EXIT

 

If you’re undecided about having a first Look check out this article What is a First Look

Benefits of a first look

Wedding day sample timeline

Things to note when putting together a a wedding day timeline. If there is any travel between ceremony  venue and reception venue, just double it. If it’s 15 minutes figure 30 just to be safe with traffic or someone getting lost.

wild sky sunset in open field

Venue: The Barn at Drewia Hill

Sneaking out for some sunset photos is also nice to plan into the schedule if the weather cooperates.

Venue: Hiwassee River Weddings

Faux exits.

Sounds crazy, I know. But hear me out, if you want photos of the exit yet not necessarily photos of 2 hours of dancing this is an option.

Consider a faux exit if:

  • certain people leaving early that you want to be part of the exit
  • you only want your wedding party and a few close friends and parents in the photos
  • some might be too drunk to participate if you wait to the end

Sparkler Entrance

Here’s another option! Have all your guests line up  and throw rose petals/ hold sparklers/ blow bubbles/ toss confetti when you enter the reception.

private last dance with just the bride and groom

DJ TRAXX of the Smokies playing at 4 Points Farm

Private last Dance

Private last Dance is another really nice thing do at the end of the night right before the exit.

 

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