You might not be able to control rain on your wedding day, but you can control almost everything else. For your wedding day to run smoothly, you must have a wedding schedule. And while there are different types of weddings, a schedule or timeline will always be a benefit.
Sure, everything might not run perfectly on time, but it will help give structure to the day. A timeline will be like a guide to ensure you have enough time for dancing, dinner, and games.
You can work with your wedding planner, venue, and vendors to create the best schedule for your wedding day. No matter what you want to do on your wedding day, here's how to fit it into the schedule.
List All Your Wedding Activities First
After long months of wedding planning, you'll have an idea of all the things you want to do on your wedding day, from photos to reception games. Before trying to fit them into a wedding schedule, make a list of everything you're planning to do that day.
This will help you visualize if you have too many activities and help you prioritize which ones to do on your wedding day.
Factor In Logistics
Remember that each activity won't happen one after the other. Consider any transportation, walking from one place to another, that you or your guests will have to do or time spent gathering people. Put a little buffer time between activities for some logistical needs.
The Earlier, The Better
Give yourself time. You'll want to start early so you won't be rushing later. On average, you'll want to have four to five hours before the ceremony to prepare. If you have a late afternoon or evening wedding, you'll want to start getting ready in the late morning.
This will give you time to get makeup and hair done and get dressed. You'll also have time for photos and a first look. Then your ceremony won't start late and cause the reception to run late as well.
Consult Your Vendors
If you're not sure how long things will take, ask your vendors. Find out how long your makeup artist and hair stylist needs to finish your and your bridesmaids' look. Ask the photographer how long portraits take. Find out how long the first dances, dinner, and cake cutting should take.
With these times in mind, you can better create a wedding day schedule that won't feel cramped.
Share Your Timeline
Your wedding or event planner probably knows the timeline because they helped you create it. But you'll also want to share the day's schedule with your wedding party. You can even assign tasks like helping round people up for photos or entrances.
You can also give an overview of the schedule to your guests, so they know what to expect from the night.
A Good Wedding Schedule Means a Great Wedding Day
Your wedding might be the most expensive party you've ever thrown, so you want it to run as smoothly as possible. That means creating a wedding schedule to keep your day on track.
A good schedule will ensure you have the proper amount of time to get to all the activities you planned. Don't feel overwhelmed by creating a wedding schedule. With these tips, you can have a wedding day that runs smoothly.
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