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Wedding Day Timeline

Hello Brides--Looking for some advice on scheduling the timeline of our wedding day activities. Beginning with hair and makeup, getting dressed, first look, pre- and post-ceremony pictures, and reception schedule. 

Our ceremony beings at 3pm, and since it's a NYE wedding, the reception will start with cocktail hour at 7, ballroom opening at 8pm.   What do, or did, your timelines look like? 
Thanks!

Re: Wedding Day Timeline

  • Golfer09Golfer09 member
    Fourth Anniversary 100 Comments
    edited December 2011
    I also had a NYE wedding - so much fun!  Here was our timeline:

    11am - Hair & makeup
    noon - lunch catered to hotel room
    2pm - First look
    2:30 pm - load bus to take pictures
    3 pm - 6 pm - location pictures (daylight is scarce during this time of year!)
    6:30 pm - arrive at venue (we had ceremony & reception at the same location)
    7 pm - ceremony
    7:30 pm - cocktail hour (but in reality this was more around 7:45 pm)
    8:30 pm - WP entrance
    8:40 pm - cake cutting, first dance, speeches
    9:00 pm - dinner
    10:30 pm - dancing
    11:45 pm - same day edit viewing
    midnight - NY toast
    1pm  - reception ends
    Our wedding SDE: Our wedding Feature: PW=demo
  • MrsPapsMrsPaps member
    1000 Comments
    edited December 2011
    Mine is in my bio, I also have a 3pm ceremony but my cocktail hour starts at 6.
    How fun a NYE wedding!
  • WinterWed17WinterWed17 member
    100 Comments
    edited December 2011
    Here is ours:

    10:30-12:45 hair, makeup, lunch
    12:45 wedding party meets up (first look)
    1-3:00 pictures downtown
    3-4:15 travel to ceremony location, extra time included for pictures near ceremony
    4:15 line up
    4:30-5:15 ceremony
    5:15-6:00 receiving line, family photos
    7:00 reception
    8:00 toasts
    8:15 first dance
    8:30 dancing starts
    9:30 cut cake
    11:00 reception ends
  • hz80408hz80408 member
    5000 Comments 5 Love Its Combo Breaker
    edited December 2011
    Mine is in my bio as well.  I made a timeline I printed and shared with the WP

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