Wedding Day Tips

How to Create an Organized Wedding Day Timeline

One of the first things you’ll want to do when wedding planning is figure out what the schedule will look like from start to finish. Creating a timeline is very helpful to help you visualize your wedding day, and things will really start to feel real once you do so, but it’s not an easy task! Here at Pearl and Veil Studios, we include a custom timeline with all of our collections, so our clients will receive a professionally-made timeline based on our 10+ years of experience in shooting weddings. This ensures our clients’ wedding days run smoothly, allows them to plan and allocate time for each part of the day, reduces stress and anxiety, and allows for a more relaxed and enjoyable experience for our couples, their families, and guests. Not to mention, it’s helpful for vendors in order to plan their arrival times and help everyone stay on schedule. If you’re a Pearl and Veil couple, be sure to fill out the timeline questionnaire in your client portal so that we can gather the info we need to create your timeline for you.

Not a Pearl and Veil couple yet? Here are some things to keep in mind when creating your wedding day timeline:

  1. Determine the start and end times of your wedding ceremony and start planning your wedding day around those times.
  2. Add in any other events that will be taking place on the day, such as a cocktail hour, photo sessions, or a rehearsal before the ceremony.
  3. Determine how much time you will need for each event and when it should take place. For example, you may need four hours for hair and makeup for your size bridal party, 60 minutes for couple’s photos, 30 minutes for wedding party photos, and 30 minutes for family photos.
  4. Consider the logistics of your wedding day, such as the time needed for travel between locations, setup and breakdown of any rentals, etc.
  5. Create a rough draft of the timeline and share it with your wedding vendors, family, and wedding party to make sure everyone is on the same page.
  6. Make adjustments as necessary and finalize the timeline.
  7. Have a backup plan and make sure someone will be responsible for keeping track of the timeline and making sure everyone is on schedule.
  8. Provide a final timeline to all vendors and wedding party members and make sure they have a copy of it on the day of the wedding.

Do you have any questions about creating a wedding day timeline? Click here to contact us and we’ll schedule a time to chat!

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