Do you need to plan your wedding day now? Creating a wedding day timeline can be frustrating or intimidating at times, but it’s absolutely important to keep the day working perfectly. When it comes to wedding planning, most people are concerned with how to decorate the venue or who will wear what. It’s all too tempting to get caught up in the little details and lose yourself in the wedding day frenzy.
Try including one or better yet all of these tips in your wedding schedule to make the most of your big day together!
1 | Get Wedding Inspiration And Set Your Limits
Think about the wedding of your dreams. What does it entail? Inspiration can be found by scrolling through Instagram, leafing through bridal magazines, and visiting your favorite lifestyle and fashion websites. You never know where you’ll find unexpected concept ideas. Calculate how much money you have to spend on your wedding ceremony and reception depending on your savings!
Consider if the ceremony and reception should be held at different places, taking into consideration travel time between the two. Check with the location and see if there are any time constraints. If your wedding venue does not have its catering, start looking for one now as soon as possible.
2 | Start With The Ceremony Timeline
Make an appointment with the officiant and plan out the ceremony and double-check that you have all of the required wedding documents. The officiant will be able to give you an estimate of how long the ceremony will last. You can opt for a 30-minute portrait reserve, which will be shot by your professional photographer!
When it’s time to sign your Marriage License, you may also consider asking your officiant. If you’re doing it right after the ceremony, request that your officiant do it in private and give you a few minutes alone after everyone else has signed it, this makes sense for you and your spouse to have a little “just us” moment.
3 | Consult With Your Photographer And Videographer
When hiring a professional photographer or videographer, you should consider asking what time they will arrive and what time you need to be ready for pictures. Create a list of the portraits you want, then pick a location and determine how long your wedding photos will take to make the most of your wedding photography timeline. Always consider asking your photographer and videographer for you to have as much as possible, a flawless wedding day.
A professional photographer takes family photographs right before the wedding, giving the family the least amount of time possible before the ceremony. Depending on the size of the family, formal portraits will take anywhere from 30-45 minutes to complete. It’s best to let their families know about the formal portraits in advance so that everyone arrives on time, or even early!
4 | Add Alone Time
Make use of the advice of your vendors, planner, and photographer, and set aside some time for you and your spouse to slow down and appreciate the moment. For the bride, you can create this when you choose to have your alone time, because your wedding will undoubtedly provide you with many memorable moments as well as some stressful moments in which you will need to complain, but not necessarily to your husband. The wedding journal or diary, you keep will not only help you get through this difficult time, but it will also be something you cherish for the rest of your life.
Create alone time into your wedding day schedule!
5 | Find Out When You Need To Start Hair And Makeup
There are selfies to be taken, but the “must-have” should not be overlooked: having your wedding day hair and makeup finished. Hiring a beauty expert is always a good idea.
How do you schedule your hair and makeup with your beauty experts for a stress-free wedding day? Make an appointment with your makeup artist and hairstylist 3-6 months before your event for a consultation and trial session. Hairstyling on the day of the wedding will take about 40-45 minutes per person, depending on the type of hairstyle. Working backward in 30-40 minute intervals from the time you need to be ready to decide an arrival time for your beauty team is a good idea
If you want to take some getting ready shots, make sure the bride’s hair and makeup appointment coincides with your photographer’s arrival time.
6 | Plan Reception Timeline
Many venues are booked a year in advance, so the earlier you start searching, the better your chances of getting the time, date, and price you want. Cocktails, toasts, dancing, and so on are all part of a wedding reception timeline. Young couples like to throw this party to make their wedding special, have a good time, and, most importantly, to celebrate their newlywed status.
Depending on your plans and expectations, the caliber, design, and order of the wedding reception will change. The bride’s wedding reception timeline is an important part of her wedding checklist.
Here are some pointers for a successful reception:
- Set the time and date
- List down the number of participants or guests you want to attend the event.
- Select ready-made templates with creativity
- Remove any parts that do not apply to you.
7 | Stick to your schedule but know its just a guideline
A wedding day timeline or a wedding schedule serves as your guidelines for those involved in the planning and execution of your special day. Creating a wedding day timeline will give you, your vendors, and your loved ones a perfect picture of how the day will unfold from beginning to end, allowing you to take a step back and enjoy every moment without thinking about the intricate details!
Stick to your wedding schedule as much as possible after you’ve written it down and determined what to include. You did it, and it was all thanks to your observation, conversation, and ideas. You don’t want to squander all of your time and money on creating your wedding timeline. However, bear in mind that these are just guidelines and should not be a source of stress for you.
The key to a stress-free wedding day is to prepare ahead of time so that there is enough time for planning, your wedding schedule is important to you and your partner, whether you are getting married in the afternoon or evening.
As I previously said, these are important guidelines, but they should not add to you and your partner’s tension!
Enjoy the everyday aspects of wedding planning, and make it as unforgettable as your wedding day! Remember, it’s your big day! Most people are eager to assist you, so don’t be afraid to inquire. Note that all of your vendors will be your companions on your wedding day, from preparation to the big day!
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