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The Ultimate Wedding Weekend Timeline

When it comes to your wedding day, many couples have no idea where to start for a timeline, however the fact of the matter is without a timeline more things can go wrong. So we have created a mock time line for your basic traditional wedding weekend.


Check-in and setup

1:00 p.m. Check-in at the hall and begin decorating. Check with your venue and ensure this is a time you can come in most are flexible.


12:00 p.m. Nail salon and a massage if you can afford it. I always recommend a massage for brides and grooms before the wedding day.

Rehearsal dinner

5:00 p.m. Rehearsal begins

7:00 p.m. Rehearsal dinner begins

10:00 p.m. Rehearsal dinner ends



9:00 a.m Hair and makeup for bridesmaids begins either on-site or at the salon which ever works best for your bridesmaids.

12:00 p.m. Bride begins hair and makeup

2:15 p.m. Bride gets into her wedding dress

2:40 p.m. Bride and groom first look and photos, If you are not doing a first look or unveiling then this would be the time when you would get Brides maids and Bride photos

3:30 p.m. Bridal party and family shots

3:30 p.m. Shuttles from hotels begin

4:30 p.m. Wedding party arrives on-site

4:30 p.m. Ceremony musicians arrive and begin to play

5:00 p.m. Wedding invitation start time/DJ or reception band to arrive on-site

6:00 p.m. Ceremony ends/cocktails begin, this would be the time when bride and groom and photographer would go and get Portraits

7:00 p.m. Cocktails ends and guests are ushered into the reception

7:20 p.m. Introduction and first dance—guests asked to join after

7:45 p.m. Guests take their seats and first course is served

8:00 p.m. Welcome speech from parents

8:10 p.m. First course cleared and main course set

8:45 p.m. Toasts from maid of honor and best man

9:00 p.m. Parent dances—father/daughter and mother/son dances

10:30 p.m. Cake cutting

11:30 p.m. The send off, Bride and Groom make their exit.



11:00 a.m. Brunch starts

1:00 p.m. Brunch ends