Having a wedding day timeline planned out ahead of time is less stress for you on the day of your wedding.

You can print these timelines and give them to all of your vendors as well as bridal party members.


Continue reading this blog to find out how to create a wedding timeline of your very own.

Record everything that needs to happen on your wedding day.

  • Pre-ceremony photographs: Bride and bridesmaid hair and makeup(allow 2 hours for the bride, and 1 hours for each bridesmaid) Talk to your hair and makeup to find out how much time they need to get everyone ready on time to travel to your wedding ceremony.


  • If you are wanting to do a first-look, allow 15-30 minutes for those pictures and the moment together.


  • Arrival at the ceremony: The groom and groomsmen should arrive an hour and a half before the ceremony start time. Bride and bridesmaids should arrive an hour before start time, this way when your guests start to arrive they won’t be getting a sneak peek before you walk down the aisle.


  • Receiving line- for 100 guests or less, 12-15 minutes is enough time. If you are having more then 150, you may want to avoid the receiving line and go to each table and thank them there.


  • Family photos


  • Reception- ideal length is six hours.
    • First dance
    • Father/daughter dance
    • Mother/son dance
    • Welcome toast- given by the father of the bride, or the Bride & Groom
    • First course (salad/appetizer) served
    • Toasts- Ladies first, Maid of Honour then Best Man
    • Second course (main course) served
    • Toasts- Bride and Groom can give a toast here if they didn’t do the welcome toast
    • Open the dance floor
    • Cut the cake- two hours before the reception is to end.
    • Toss the bouquet and garter- right after the cake cutting, gives the caterers time to serve the cake slices.
    • Farewell


Here is an example of a wedding day timeline:

4 p.m. wedding day timeline:

11 a.m.: Photographer arrives to record wedding preparations

11 a.m.: Bride and bridesmaids get ready

12:30 p.m.: Groom and groomsmen arrive at ceremony venue

3 p.m.: Bride and bridesmaids arrive at ceremony venue

4 p.m.: Service starts

4:30 p.m.: Receiving line

5:00 p.m.: Family photographs

5:30 p.m.: Guests arrive at reception venue for cocktail hour

6:15 p.m.: Grand entrance and first dance

6:25 p.m.: Welcome toast

6:30 p.m.: Dinner is served

7:00 p.m.: Speeches and toasts

7:30 p.m.: Father/daughter; mother/son dance

7:45 p.m.: Open dance floor to guests

8:15 p.m.: Cut the cake

8:45 p.m.: Toss the bouquet

12 p.m.: Farewell


This is your wedding, there may be some things you want pictures of so make sure you write all of that down.

When you are writing the timeline, work backwards from the ceremony start time, that way you know when your day needs to begin.

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