We came across a great post on SouthernWeddings.com about all the important details needed to know for arranging your wedding day timeline that we just KNEW we HAD to share with you!
Emily (the post’s author) starts out by suggesting you gathering information and materials and “collect all of the information you have, especially the parts that are externally set/not in your control.” The following are some of the questions she poses to help you out:
- What time can you get into your receptions space?
- How many hours does your photography/videography package cover?
- Are you doing a “first look” shoot?
- How far apart are your ceremony and reception locations?
- Are you doing a First Dance or parent dances?
- Will you have a Cocktail Period? How long will it be?
She then recommends you add times and details as you confirm them. “As decisions are made and information comes in, start plugging each piece into a doc (Word or Excel, your choice!).”
As if all that weren’t enough, Emily then shares a sweet sample timeline and introduces a few factors that will affect it. Among them are:
- How many locations will you have?
- What will your portraits be like?
- Consider your location and any transportation issues!
- How/when will your dances and toasts occur?
- How might the sunset play affect your day/photography?
Lastly, she concludes the post with a few worthwhile tips you should keep in mind, such as the fact that guests will arrive early and to remember to make–and share!–several versions of your timeline. Why? As she puts it:
I made simplified versions for each major vendor, and emailed them out a week in advance. I also printed out personalized copies for family members and the bridal party, so everyone felt confident about where they had to be when.
There you have it! An easy overview on creating a timeline for your own big day that we hope you enjoyed. Feel free to ask us any questions or share any tips you may have! (Don’t forget to check out the complete post on How to Create A Wedding Timeline on SouthernWeddings.com, if you’d like.)