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Photos by Christina
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.
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