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Thursday, April 4, 2019

How To Start A Wedding Day Timeline

Today on the Bride Link podcast, we're talking all about how to start your wedding day timeline!

We've got five tips here to make the wedding day timeline be a breeze while you're doing your wedding planning. Plus, we can go over them really quickly! But if you happen to need more expert wedding planning advice, you can check out The Bride Link wedding pros that we have listed and they can give you some customized information.

Let's start with item number one. List every single highlight you would like to achieve, from the cake cutting to the ceremony itself. You want to start with a complete list of highlights to make sure that everything that you want to happen on your wedding day actually happens.  Remember, this day can go by pretty fast and it's easy for things to get lost or confused when there's so much going on in such a short amount of time. More specifically you want to go over each part in more detail after you list the most important highlights. So for example, you might have listed your ceremony, but within your ceremony, you're going to have a precessional reading, a unity ceremony and then the recessional when you walk back down the aisle. Once it's over, you want to review to make sure that you aren't forgetting anything that is important to you and you're remembering all of the moving parts for each highlight that you want to hit. Don't forget that there's more to a wedding day than just the event. Your wedding day timeline and your agenda are actually going to start in the very morning, right when you first wake up and go into hair, makeup and photography and maybe you might even want to include arrival times to the venue.

Next item is to estimate time for each event on the agenda to be completed. When you're doing this you can work with your hired wedding pros for more accurate estimates. We've got a great list of wedding planning experts on our website, The Bride Link! Definitely pad your time so you know that you have a little bit of wiggle room if you run behind. So pop in a few extra spots where you can take five or 10 minutes where you can relax and take your time and not run over. When you work with your wedding pros, they can give you the most accurate estimates so you know that you're doing a good job in estimating your timeline.

Number three, start creating an order list for your highlights. Now you want to make sure to confirm vendor timing with your order. So for example, you can't schedule eight hours worth of photography time if you only purchase the six-hour package. You're going to want to start from the very beginning when you're arriving on site to the venue and getting hair and makeup done. Then just go through the day in your mind and try to think of what order you want everything to happen. And again, when you're working with your wedding pros, they can give you some really good advice on what order things should happen. It's their job to make sure that you're not forgetting any important things like sunset photos. Wedding timing has to be really specific throughout the day.

Number four, add in arrival times. From set up to tear down, you want to make sure that you know the arrival times of not only your wedding pros but also any VIP guets that are going to be really important to you the day of. So for example, if you're considering the timing for family photos, you want to make sure that the flower girl and the ring bearer are going to be on site when you're doing family photos. If they're a family member, but also the flower girl and ring bearer, they need to be onsite when you're doing wedding party photos because they're part of that as well. So you want to consider their arrival time to make sure they can participate in both of those things. But also it's always better if little ones arrive later so they're more likely to have a nap and less likely to be fussy at the event. Thinking about things like this, for each individual that's going to play a big part in your day, can make it through the day so much more smoothly. And also your VIPs are much happier, more relaxed and ready to have a good time.

Number five, review for any logistical or timing issues. This is crucial because you might be able to identify a mistake that you made in creating your timeline before the wedding even starts. That way it's not a problem! For example, a classic mistake is having your cake delivered too early! If you’re doing an outdoor summer wedding, you don't want the icing to melt and ruin opportunities for more amazing pictures. Looking for any logistical issues that might come up or any timing issues, like maybe you have photos scheduled before a certain person will be arriving. Just reviewing things like this to make sure that there are as little issues as possible will make you feel much more confident when you're handing out your timeline and much, much less stressed when you wake up the morning of your wedding.

So for more expert wedding planning advice, follow us on the The Bride Link.

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