The Perfect Wedding Timeline

Summer is over and it’s time to get back to planning your perfect wedding timeline. Excellent wedding planning is essential for having a smooth and successful wedding day. Today I want to talk to you about what I believe are the key factors to having a good wedding day timeline.


First, I would suggest is to decide what time your ceremony will be at. The decide on a good time for a ceremony based on sunset. I like to suggest budget 15 minutes during the reception for us to sneak away take a few photos – you won’t regret doing it.

*If you do not have a first look you need to account for even more time photos after your ceremony.


Your wedding day is going to be long – but it’s going to be super fun. I would suggest starting early and budget for extra time. Hiccups happen and it’s better to plan for them and have extra time then not. There is no such thing as starting to get ready to soon – especially if you are planning on doing a first look.

I like to suggest this because it allows us to have a sunset photo session and it also allows you to mingle with your guest after the ceremony.

Having that extra time will also help you stay calm and keep your nerves down, it also helps the vendors to not be rushed.

If your ceremony starts at 5 p.m., for example, we recommend starting to prep at around 9:30 a.m. Yes, that may seem crazy, but it can take 90 minutes {or more} for a bride to get her hair and makeup done. And if your bridesmaids are also getting their hair and makeup professionally done, that adds even more time.  Your goal will be to get hair, makeup, getting dressed, bridal photos, groom prep photos, first look, couple photos, bridal party photos, and family photos all done 45 minutes before your ceremony.


Weddings never go as planned but having a timeline with some breathing space will ensure you that it will be smooth, letting you and your Mr too enjoy your day.


Once you are married it is time to party! If you’re having a reception at a different location from the ceremony, plan for travel and have a cocktail hour waiting when your guests arrive. How you structure the reception is totally up to you and your fiancé. But. Here are some other things to keep in mind as you figure out the reception timeline.

  • Seated Dinner 
  • The First Dances
  • Speeches/Toasts
  • Bouquet and Garter
  • Cake Cutting
  • Exit
  • Dancing


I decided to write this guide to help couples get an understanding of how to create their own wedding timeline and to help them get the ball rolling. But I’m not a wedding planner, and I don’t have the knowledge that some of the great planners out there have. I encourage you to plan your wedding timeline and involve your wedding planner, include your photographer to ensure that it will work well with everyone. Your wedding planner is a key resource when it comes to ensuring you have a perfect and smooth wedding day!

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