Wedding Day Timeline – Part 1 | Wedding Wednesday

When planning your wedding day, timelines are always important especially to your vendors. Your timeline helps everyone know where to be and when to be there. As a photographer, I rely on a bride’s timeline to help me make the day run smoothly as possible.

However, as a bride, it can be really difficult to make a wedding day timeline. You are not sure how much time everyone needs to get ready or how long you need to take pictures. It can be really overwhelming and stressful.

As a bride and photographer, I am sharing some of my own advice on making a wedding day timeline.

The first place to start is to think about what season you are getting married in, I know you have a date but the season is important too. If you are having a Fall or Winter wedding, you need to think about sunset times. Knowing when the sun sets can help you plan time after your ceremony for portraits, especially if you are not planning on a “First Look”.

Next, I would advise starting with your ceremony time and then planning everything around it. I know that sounds a little silly to start in the middle of the day, but that is when your guest will be arriving. Usually ceremonies are about 30-45 minutes long, and the time of the ceremony is when the bride will be walking down the aisle (or very close to it), so make sure to keep that in mind. Since you have the time of the ceremony picked out, you can focus on just that part and plan out your processional and recession (when parents and bridal party enter and exit the ceremony) and any other special parts of your ceremony. * Helpful tip: If you have already picked and asked your bridal party, go ahead and think about the order they will be standing in and entering and exiting. Personally we couldn’t “rank” our friends so we paired them by height (I had to consider that the girls would be wearing heels). The taller guys were paired with the taller girls. And of course anyone married was paired together!

Now you have one part of your wedding timeline complete, your ceremony!

It is much easier to focus on one part of your wedding day at a time! Just take it slow and think about each part as a separate part, it will be less stressful. Make sure to follow and read the next few Wedding Wednesday to learn more about planning your wedding day timeline! (The next one is about planning time for your family portraits and couple portraits!!)

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