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How to create timeline for my wedding day? (Template Included)


Priyanka Sharma

13 Jan, 2022


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Are you planning your wedding day timeline? It can be tricky to figure out how to fit everything in, but don't worry, we're here to help!

In this post, we'll give you tips for creating a timeline that works for you, your guests and your wedding photographer. So read on for some helpful advice.

Wedding planning can be stressful, but it's also a lot of fun! Just take it one step at a time and before you know it, your big day will be here. Congratulations!

Suggested wedding day schedule must have time for bridal portraits 
Must allocate time for detail shots in wedding photography timeline

Why Are Wedding Day Timelines Important?

Planning a wedding is daunting, but it doesn't have to be stressful. A detailed timeline will help you stay on track and ensure that all of your important details get in place with no room for confusion or uncertainty!

The most common misconception about weddings is how much work goes into them; there are so many logistics involved like décor, rentals, guests and vendors... And who has time during the hustle-and-bustle days leading up?

A wedding day timeline is the outline of events, logistics and more that are relevant to pulling your event together. Having an accurate plan in place will ensure everything runs smoothly throughout the day leading up until you say "I do."

Wedding day Program 

Example Wedding Day Timeline

If your wedding day event does not have one of the example items below, feel free to remove/replace items as needed to fit your big day. What matters most is a day that exceeds your expectations and provides memories to last a lifetime.

  • 8:00am - Hair and Makeup
  • 11:00am - Bride and Groom Parties Getting Ready
  • 12:00pm - Solo Portraits (Bride and Groom)
  • 12:30pm - First look, Bride and Groom Couples Portraits
  • 1:00pm - Family Portraits
  • 1:30pm - Bridal Party Group Photos
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm Wedding Ceremony
  • 4:30pm - Travel To Reception Area
  • 5:00pm - Reception Starts
  • 5:00-9:00pm - Reception Events
  • 9:30pm - Reception Concludes

In the reception, we try not to stamp in timelines too much as guests are having a good time, coupled with music and drinks, this portion of the night generally “flows' ' more with the mood than a schedule. However, keep in mind to cover the following events in the reception period:

  • Introductions
  • First Dance
  • Speeches (including Best Ma\n / Maid of Honor)
  • Dances (Father/Daughter)
  • Cake Cutting
  • Bouquet Toss
  • Final Exit

You Did It!

Sample timeline for wedding day photography

Planning a wedding is no small feat. There are so many decisions to make and tasks ahead of you on the day itself, that it can be overwhelming! That’s why we recommend having an organized timeline for your big day.

This will not only ensure everything goes smoothly but also allow you to enjoy every moment with friends and family without feeling stressed about what needs to happen next or when each important event starts. If you are looking for more details on hiring the right wedding photographer, you must ask these burning questions before finalising a professional photographer.

Our team at A Few Good Clicks has helped countless couples plan their perfect wedding day timelines, both in person, at our studio, or by emailing us all the details necessary for a stress-free planning process.  Connect with us now to schedule a chat.