Day of Wedding Timeline

Written by Bruce Hughes on . Posted in Family

Planning a wedding is an impossible mission unless you have a wedding checklist as well as an attached time line. While some of the items on the wedding checklist can be planned several weeks or even months in advance, there are a lot of things that need to be taken care on the exact wedding day. In order for this special day not to be a fiasco, you need to carefully plan a day of wedding timeline. You may think that you know all that you have to do on your wedding day. However, the excitement of this day and the countless things that need to be done may cause you to forget one or two things. We are here to make sure that such situations will not occur.

  • Hairstyle and makeup

The first order of business on the day of wedding timeline is the hairstyles and makeups. One should allocate about an hour for the bride’s hair and another hour for her makeup. Each bridesmaid hairstyle should take about 30 minutes while the makeup should last 30-45 minutes for each bridesmaid. If the bride has more than three bridesmaids, she may need more than one makeup artist and hairstylist. Generally when the hairstylist and makeup artist arrive they should try to plan their work so that they don’t interfere with one another. It is best if the hairstylist starts with the bridesmaids, while the makeup artist starts working on the bride’s makeup. The hairstyle and makeup moments are a great opportunity for the bride to also spend some time with her mother and many women choose to have these done together with their moms. It’s a nice recollection of the times they used to take their mothers at the hair salon or spa as a good gifts for mom  idea or something.

  • The photographer

The second order of business in the day of wedding timeline is the arrival of the photographer. It is ideal if he/she arrives about an hour before the bride is done with her hair and makeup. This way, they can capture the last portion of the styling session in order to capture some of the details such as the jewelry, the shoes, the gown and so on.

  • Ceremony and reception

The Ceremony should start at 4 o’ clock in the afternoon. The cocktail hour should last from 4:30 until 5:00. The actual reception should start at 5:30 with toasts at 5:45. The dinner should take place between 6:00 and 7:30. At about 7:30, the bride and groom should do the first dance followed by the father-daughter dance. The cake should be cut at 8:30 and the bouquet should be tossed at 9:30. Generally the wedding reception ends at 10:00 but that is not always the case.

  • Tips for a perfect wedding timeline

If the hairstylist and the makeup artist don’t come to the bride’s home and she has to go to a salon, one should double the traveling time in order to make sure that there won’t be any delays in the wedding program. You know of course that the bride puts her dress on after she has her hair done. If she is wearing a veil, the hair dresser should stick around until she is ready in order to secure the dress.