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Wedding Timeline Tips and why having one so important | Sarah’s Tips | Oregon Wedding Photographer | Sarah Tapp Photography

Weddings can be so stressful, but it’s my job to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as it can so that you can enjoy your day! That’s why today, I’m talking about having a wedding timeline! Whether this is something that you and your planner work on together or something you and your fiancé do all on your own, it’s so important to have one! And let me tell you why! 

There are so many details and things to remember on your wedding day. But I don’t want you to be worried about any of that! After all, it’s kind of the biggest day of your life and you should be 100% present! Getting married is amazing and I just want you and your love to soak each other up and enjoy making promises and covenants with each other. =) So, my suggestion is to do the work beforehand and make sure you have a clear timeline for your big day! 

Sit down with your fiancé and/or planner and make a list of all the things you’d like to happen on your wedding day! Some couples have a church ceremony and a civil ceremony. Some couple have a rehearsal dinner or a luncheon after the wedding. And some couples have a sit down, dinner reception or just a dessert reception. And then there are all the events that typically take place at a reception like cake cutting, first dances, toasts, etc. So, decide what is most important to you and your love and then assign times to each event! Obviously the ceremony time should probably be decided on first and then everything else can come before or after that! 

Another big decision to make is who to assign to which task throughout the day. If you have a planner, then you won’t necessarily need to worry about this as much. But if you and your love are mostly planning your wedding, you’ll need to ask others to help on the day of so you won’t have to worry about anything! You’ll be busy with family and couple photos and ya know, getting married. So, don’t hesitate to ask for help! This is also so important if you are setting up your wedding/reception space the day of! Assign different family members and friends to different tasks and make sure they know what they need to do beforehand! That way, you’ll be free to enjoy your wedding and still have everything organized and running smoothly! 

And as a bonus for reading my blog, here’s a sneak peak of my sample wedding timeline!

~6am~ Hair and makeup

~9am~ Pack up everything for ceremony/honeymoon 

~10am~ Arrive at ceremony

~12pm~ Ceremony begins 

~1:30pm~ Photos of family and bride and groom at ceremony location 

~3:30pm~ Family luncheon and additional family photos if requested/down time

~5pm~ Re-do hair and make-up if needed, put on dress/tux if changed out of for luncheon 

~6pm~ Reception begins (dinner served if applicable)  

~7pm~ Father-daughter dance 

~7:10pm~ Bride and groom’s first dance 

~7:20pm~ Garder toss 

~7:30pm~ Bouquet toss

~7:40pm~ Cut the cake

~7:50pm~ Last goodbyes

~8pm~ Exit/off to your honeymoon!

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