Keep a wedding timetable, or use a timeline for real-time scheduling

Time for a lovely wedding, printable table

"The Timetable"

From the moment you wake up let me know well in advance how your day is going to unfold. When scheduling an important event, weddings rank highly, and brides benefit unreservedly from timely preparations, yes, more than just a little forethought is required to style success and have your occasion pass off with minimal fuss.

Achieving good times are obvious and we all know where the bride wants to be, on schedule, but there are instances where getting there can be challenging. To make a general categorisation would be incorrect but you could say there are two types of brides when it comes to planning a wedding. There are brides that are organised and there are brides that just don't fall into that category, don’t be the later. Assuredly marking time months in advance is the way to go; far-sightedness is prudent in the lead to successful weddings. Please view the following timetable as a sort of time map that offers some notice and guidance and allows me as your wedding photographer to visualise how the day is shaped. On the flip-side, the wedding day timetable will also offer valuable forward planning opportunities for brides themselves who want to manage their program with a little forethought in mind.

A simple useable timetable to help plan every stage of the day is useful when you want to establish the sequence of events. No excuses for falling behind schedule when a little forward thinking is introduced in the early stages of the planning phase. Your personal wedding day timespan, a specified period of time in which something extra special happens and is prearranged to take place on a day of your choosing. Stay organised by taking advantage of this simple time management tool.

Further Timeline Factors

Listed in no particular order on the timeline are some ideas to get you started, the guide is not exhaustive, you are welcome to embellish or detract and reorder as you wish. Some further ideas below may include, at what stage it all happens is all down how you plan your day.

Bridal preparation stage

bride's hair, bride's makeup, bridesmaids' hair, bridesmaids' makeup, transport arrives, transport leaves

Ceremony - getting there

groom and groomsmen arrive, bride and bridesmaids arrive, the ceremony begins, the ceremony ends

Moments in time, some photography considerations

family photos, bridal party photos, first look photos

The wedding reception

arrival time, receiving line, welcome toast, first course (starter) served, second course (main course) served, dessert & afters served

Speeches & Toasts

the bride's father speech, the bridegroom speech, the best man speech, the bride's speech, bride & groom speech, guest speakers

Evening reception

band /DJ / disco set up, welcome toast (evening), first dance, father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, guests invited to dance, cake cutting, bouquet and garter tosses, evening buffet, farewell.