How to Create Your Wedding Day Timeline

sample wedding day timelines

There’s a few key things you’ll need to know in order to set up your wedding day timeline, and we’ll go over each one on this week’s podcast! Whether you want your wedding ceremony to start at 3 or 6:30, these sample wedding timelines will help you figure out everything from what time you need to have your vendors arrive or when to start your hair and makeup, to making sure you end your event by your venue’s curfew. These super helpful tips will help you set up the easiest wedding day timeline to keep you on track.

Here’s a couple of resources we mention on the show:

Plus, several tips we share on the show include:

  • Most ceremonies last between 30 minutes (the goal) to one hour
  • Wedding receptions typically last anywhere between 4-5 hours
  • Think of a wedding taking 6 hours total—1 hour for your ceremony and 5 for your reception, if you’re having them at the same place. Otherwise you’ll want to build travel time into your schedule
  • If you’re having your ceremony and reception in different locations, you’ll want to have no more than two hours between the ceremony’s end and your reception start time.

And finally, here is a link to our wedding day timeline!

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