YOUR WEDDING DAY TIMELINE

As a first-timer planning a wedding, it's certainly a hard task to figure out how much time you need and in what order each of the main events of your day should occur.

Always keep in mind that you have valuable resources in your wedding vendors (including me), who have been through the process many, many times before and can give you their advice and can help you to plan their part on your big day.

The trick is to find your happy place, where you will have enough time to prepare and get what you need done without having vendors arriving later than what you might need.

This page outlines a sample wedding timeline for a typical late afternoon wedding at daylight savings time with a ceremony at 4pm.

FIRST OFF - THE IMPORTANT WEDDING TIMELINE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

GETTING READY

Bride hair & MAkeup (aim to be in the chair when the photographer arrives)

BRIDE - DRESS on

THE GUYS (GET READY FIRST, then can take the suit off)

THE GIRLS

12 30 pm

8 am

10 am

THE CEREMONY

CEREMONY DURATION

CEREMONY TIME (NON DAYLIGHT SAVINGS)

CEREMONY TIME (DAYLIGHT SAVINGS)

4.30 pm

40 - 50 mins

2.30 / 3.30 pm

THE PHOTOSHOOT

portrait session

Bridal party photoshoot

FAMILY PHOTOSHoot (straight after ceremony)

1- 1.5 hours

15 mins

20 mins

THE RECEPTION

first course served

bride and groom enter

Guests arrive for reception (CANAPES served)

speeches

7 30 pm

5.30 pm

6 45 pm

6.30 pm

sunset photos

desert served

CAKE CUT & FIRST DANCE

MAIN COURSE SERVED

8 45 pm

8 30 pm

9 pm

8 pm

night photos

10 pm