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5 Best Wedding Day Timeline

February 22, 2022

5 Wedding Day Timeline Examples to have your wedding run smooth

Here are 5 examples of wedding day timelines to use for your wedding day.

Wedding Day Timeline Examples

7:00 AM – Hair & makeup / Getting ready
8:30 AM – Vendors arrive / Setup starts
9:00 AM – First look & couple’s portraits
9:30 AM – Family pictures
9:30 AM – Doors open/ Pre-Ceremony music starts playing / Guests enter
10:00 AM – Invite time
10:15 AM – Ceremony starts
10:45 AM – Ceremony concludes
10:45 AM – Cocktail hour starts/ Addition- al family photos
11:30 AM – Brunch starts
12:15 PM – Toasts
1:00 PM – First Dance
1:30 PM – Cake cutting/ Dessert
2:45 PM – Couple departs
3:00 PM – Guests depart
3:00 PM – Breakdown commences
4:00 PM – All vendors out

9:00 AM – Hair & makeup / Getting ready
9:30 AM – Vendors arrive / Setup starts
10:30 AM – Getting ready photos start
11:00 AM РFirst look & couple’s portraits
11:45 AM – Family pictures
12:30 PM – Doors open/ Pre-Ceremony music starts playing / Guests enter
1:00 PM – Invite time
1:15 PM – Ceremony starts
1:35 PM – Ceremony concludes
1:40 PM – Cocktail hour starts/ Additional family photos
2:30 PM – Lunch starts
3:00 PM – Toasts
3:30 PM – First Dance
5:00 PM – Cake cutting/ Dessert
6:15 PM – Couple departs
6:30 PM – Guests depart
6:30 PM – Breakdown commences
7:30 PM – All vendors out

1:00 PM – Hair & makeup / Getting ready
4:30 PM – Vendors arrive / Setup starts
4:30 PM – Pre- Ceremony photos
5:30 PM – Couple arrives
6:00 PM – Doors open/ Room ready for guests/ Pre-ceremony music starts
6:30 PM – Invite time
6:45 PM – Ceremony starts
7:00 PM – Ceremony ends/ Guests move to cocktail hour
8:00 PM – Guests move to dinner
9:30 PM – Cake cutting/ Dessert served/ Toasts
9:45 PM – Dancing
11:45 PM – End time/ Guests out
12:45 AM – Breakdown/ Vendors depart

3:00 PM – Vendors arrive for setup
4:30 PM – Doors open/ Room ready for guests/ Pre-ceremony music starts
5:00 PM – Invite time
5:15 PM – Ceremony starts
5:30 PM – Ceremony is complete
5:30 PM – Initial Food set up/ Bar opens
5:30 PM – Music starts
6:30 PM – Pre-sunset portraits
6:45 PM – Dinner rounds of food come out
7:07 PM – Sunset
7:15 PM – Toasts
7:30 PM – First dance
8:00 PM – Couple’s “Thank You” toast followed by cake cutting
9:00 PM – Couple and guests depart
10:00 PM – Breakdown done/ vendors out

9:00 AM – Hair & makeup / Getting ready
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Vendors arrive for ceremony setup
12:00 PM – Wedding party and family photos start 
1:30 PM – Doors open/ Guests begin to arrive/ Pre-ceremony music starts
2:00 PM – Ceremony invite time
2:15 PM – Ceremony starts
3:00 PM – Ceremony ends
3:00 PM – Vendors start to arrive for reception set up
3:30 PM – Guests gone from ceremony site
4:00 PM – Ceremony site cleaned up/ Vendors depart
4:30 PM – Doors open/ Guests begin to arrive/ Am- bient music starts
5:00 PM – Reception invite time/ Cocktail hour starts
6:30 PM – Move guests into dinner
6:45 PM – Buffet opens/ Dinner served
7:00 PM – All guests have food
7:15 PM – Toasts
8:00 PM – First dance
8:05 PM – General dancing music starts
8:05 PM – Second set of pre-sunset portraits 8:26 PM – Sunset
8:45 PM – Dessert
9:45 PM – Last Call
10:00 PM – Guests Depart
11:00 PM – Breakdown/ Staff departs

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Hi, I'm Debbie

A self proclaimed badass photographer

No elegant or amazing story to tell here. My life consisted of growing up in the military from the age of 2. Settling in North Carolina, and marrying a Navy Corpsman. Three kids later, and two masters degrees into a career in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis, I decided that it was finally time to pursue a lifelong dream of mine, photography.

I started out as wanting to become a Marine Biologist/Oceanographer, and working for National Geographic, swimming with the sharks! Choices made led me down a different path and led me to where I am today. Sitting here, at the computer, writing a mini novel about my life to you.

I started my business in 2019 realizing as my oldest son graduated high school that I missed photography, I missed the interaction I could have with others, and the different lives I was able to be a part of. So, I did as allo beginner photographers did. I dusted off my only old camera, and started using my friends and family as models. Charge next to nothing for sessions, and was able to purchase mentoring sessions, business courses, posing class, 1:1 workshops, and I have learned so much and have grown tremendously within my skill and knowledge. With the help of amazing photography mentors such as Katelyn James, Alina Thomas, Joy Michelle, Megan MacPhail, India Earl, Anni Graham, Jai Long, Maddie Mae (Adventure Instead), and many more, I have been able to create an experience for my couples that is comfortable, relaxed, and crafted specifically to their style and personality


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