Wedding Day Timeline

5 Best Wedding Day Timeline

February 22, 2022
Debbie Elisa Photography

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

MORNING WEDDING TIMELINE
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

Wedding Day Timeline | Charleston Wedding Photographer

EARLY AFTERNOON WEDDING TIMELINE
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

Wedding Day Timeline | Alexandria Wedding Venue

LATE EVENING WEDDING TIMELINE
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

Leesburg Wedding Venue | Debbie Elisa Photography

COCKTAIL PARTY STYLE RECEPTION TIMELINE
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

Wedding Day Timeline | Richmond Wedding Venues

SEPARATE CEREMONY & RECEPTION TIMES
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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