Wedding Timeline – leaving nothing to chance

Getting your wedding timeline right is crucial for helping the day run smoothly and on time.  Nothing should be left to chance, and plucking times out of the sky may leave you frustrated and disappointed.  Considering every suppliers timeline and tying them together will ensure you get the best out of all of them.

When I’m helping couples put their timeline together I generally use this rough formula as a guide.  Sunset and ceremony times are key, as ultimately they govern how much light and how much time you have for the rest of the day.  Working backwards through the day will help determine a ceremony time optimum for your day.

Summer Wedding Timeline Guide:

  • Sunset (on a sunny day it’s a great idea to have another 10 minutes with your photographer to capture those lovely sunset shoots)
  • Evening Guests Arrive
  • Couple Portraits (1 hour max)
  • Wedding Breakfast & Speeches (2.5 hours)
  • Reception Drinks (2 hours)
  • Travel time from your ceremony location to reception location
  • Time at the ceremony location if required
  • Length of ceremony
  • = Ceremony time!

Winter Wedding Timeline Guide:

  • Evening Guests Arrive
  • Wedding Breakfast & Speeches (2.5 hours)
  • Sunset
  • Couple Portraits (1 hour max)
  • Reception Drinks (2 hours)
  • Travel time from your ceremony location to reception location
  • Time at the ceremony location if required
  • Length of ceremony
  • = Ceremony time!

Getting Ready Guide:

So often the getting ready timeline is based on when the bridal car will collect the bridesmaids and bride, but ideally it should be worked out based on when your photographer /videographer have to leave for the ceremony location.  This time can vary depending on who you have booked so its best to contact them for an accurate time.  By providing your make up artist and hair stylist the time the photographer/videographer has to leave it ensures everyone is working to the same end point and will avoid anyone having to rush because the time is bought forward.

Photographer:  Kathryn Hopkins Photography  /  Florals:  The Flower Bird  /  Make up Artist (4th image):  Zoe Cornwell