Wedding Timeline Tips

July 13, 2017. Category: advice, wedding planner, wedding tips

One of the most important elements to planning a wedding is having a great timeline. This alleviates stress and allows for a more seamless wedding celebration. Below are some tips we hope will help you on your wedding day!

Allow at least 30 minutes to get into the dress.
It doesn’t seem like it will take that long, but there is always that one last trip to the restroom or a tricky zipper (or though we don’t like to admit it, squeezing into your Spanx!).  The last thing you want is to rush through the dressing process, feeling and looking stressed in your photos.

Photography: Katelyn James

Distract your guests during band breaks by having something else happening.
Unfortunately, most bands don’t play straight through the reception and need to take a few breaks. During these breaks, it’s the perfect time for toasts or cake cutting. The band won’t be playing during those events anyway, so no one will notice they’re not playing or miss out on any dancing!

Photography: Sam Hurd

Make sure to limit number and length of toasts.
Though there is nothing we love more than a heartfelt speech or sweet toast, there is a limit to how long guests will pay attention. Try to limit the number of speeches at one time. Planning for some of the toasts to happen at the rehearsal dinner can help to reduce the number at the reception. We also find that splitting up the toasts throughout the night so that no more than two people are speaking in a row helps keep guests’ attention.

We recommend telling your speakers to stay within 3 minutes per toast, knowing that inevitably some will run a bit longer. Long speeches could compromise the quality of the meal, delay guests hitting the dance floor and minimize opportunities for additional photos. If you talk about the plan in advance, your friends and family will have a better understanding of why you want the toasts short and sweet: more time on the dance floor!

Photography: Jodi and Kurt

Double the amount of time you think it will take to get to your venue.
Even though we always plan for worse case scenarios, you never know what could happen on your wedding day. It’s really important to cushion your timeline and double the amount of time you think it will take you to get your ceremony and/or reception. The last thing you want is the stress of sitting in unexpected traffic, late for the ceremony!

Photography: Eric Kelley

Plan to arrive early to the ceremony to get out of sight.
There is something magical when the doors open and the bride walks down the aisle, everyone anticipating her entrance and a glimpse of the dress. It’s also really nice to have time to yourself right before the big moment. Plan to arrive 40 minutes before the ceremony, before guests start arriving, so that you can slip out of sight. Or, you can wait out of view in your transportation right up until the moment when you walk down the aisle.

Photography: Connor Studios

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