- Make a list of any cultural or religious traditions, as well as any classic wedding customs, that you want to observe throughout the course of your event. Once you have these items cemented, you have a skeleton around which to build the rest of your timeline!
- Decide whether or not you want sunset photos at your wedding. If so, determine what time the sun is scheduled to set, and make sure that you have another event scheduled (such as dinner or open dancing) to occupy your guests while you and your significant other sneak away for a few moments.
- Get an idea of how long your ceremony will be, as well as what time you want it to begin, and then do the same for your reception. If you have these basic markers in place, the rest of your timeline will develop naturally from this point.
- Merge in any wedding-day schedules that you’ve made, such as hair and makeup, with your timeline, and make sure there’s no overlap. Nothing will stress you out on your big day like realizing you’ve scheduled yourself to be in two places at once!
- Talk to your DJ and determine whether or not you want to have any speakers in your wedding (these could include people giving readings, toasts, etc.). Make sure you’ve built in the time for these special moments so nothing feels rushed in the moment.
- Review your timeline with all of your vendors, and make sure that you’ve merged their vendor-specific timelines with your master timeline. You want to ensure that everything goes according to plan and there are no surprises on your wedding day!
- If you so choose, share your timeline with your bridal party, as well as any other important friends or family members you want to check with. You can never be too prepared!
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