Facing the timeline
Posted: Monday, Mar. 18, 2013
Photo by: Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Sheri Riley is currently seeking a post-graduate degree in Invasive Cardiology. She enjoys sports and spending time outside with her fiance, Jeff, and their two dogs, Lola and Cami. She is getting married October 12, 2013. Contact Sheri here.
Even though we are a little over 200 days out, Ive already received several requests from my vendors wanting to know the estimated timeline for the day of the wedding. And as much as Ive been trying to avoid it, its time to face the music and get this ever so nagging to-do checked off my checklist. Although my planner WILL be the one actually putting the official time line together, I went ahead and made my own so that we can compare and contrast and make the best one for our wedding.So what if you dont have a planner, and the timeline is all up to you? Here are a few tips to help get the most out of your wedding day. 1. Decide well in advance if you will be doing a first look or not. I was kind of for it, but Jeff nixed it right away (hes a bit traditional). If you do a first look, you wont have to stress during your cocktail hour. However, some couples want the special first moment when the big doors open up during the ceremony. Either way, Im okay with what we decide on. I think they both have their pros and cons.2. Schedule enough time during cocktail hour to get all the pictures you want with the sun still up. Keep your guests busy during this time with some great cocktails, food, and maybe even some lawn games. You dont want to feel rushed because youre worried that your guests are getting antsy.3. Schedule a few minutes (even if its just 10) to get away with your new husband to reflect you guys just got married. YAY!4. Pick other brides brains! If you have a friend who just got married, find out what she wished she had scheduled time for. Its always great to do your research. Still having trouble with estimating times? Heres a good guesstimate that Ive come up with Getting ready:
2-4 hours depending on how many are in your wedding party and who is getting what. I scheduled my photographer getting there smack dab in the middle of all this.
30 min to get to your ceremony site (depending on how far you are). I will be about 25 minutes away, so I scheduled 35 minutes Group Photos before ceremony:
45 min for bride and bridal party (including a 5 min makeup touchup!)
15 min for bride and her family
30 min for groom and groomsmen
15 min for groom and his family Ceremony
30 min before the ceremony for everyone to take a breather!
30 min for the ceremony (unless your getting married in a church! It could be longer. Talk to your church coordinator beforehand). Post ceremony photos
15 min all the families together
15 min bridal party all together
30 min bride and groom
(totaling about an hour for cocktail hour) Reception
3-5 hours for your reception. Everyones day is going to be different! But hopefully this gets you on the right track for planning out your special day! World peace and skinny jeans, Sheri xo
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