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Malyssa
Expert October 2022 Alberta

Wedding Timelines

Malyssa, on January 18, 2022 at 12:11 Posted in Plan a wedding 1 14

HI all!

I would love to talk wedding timelines! Do you have your timeline yet? I know there are so many ways to have a wedding, I'd love to know others thoughts.

We're still trying to settle on a timeline (especially with still needing to hire an officiant lol) but I do know we want to do first looks and also not eat dinner TOOO late.

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Latest activity by Vinod, on January 26, 2022 at 10:42
  • Vinod
    Top August 2017 Ontario
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    I started creating the wedding schedule for 1pm ahead of the ceremony time for the photos of all the outfits/suits/accessories/etc. to get done and 1 hour each for grooms with families getting ready shots along with the wedding party. The ceremony itself was followed with group shots and a family photo of both families and my side. Cocktail hour started at 5pm as reception was for 6pm start.

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  • KELLY
    Super October 2023 Ontario
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    Our current time line is this:

    4pm ceremony

    430pm photos with immediate family and bridal party and cocktail hour for other guests

    530pm reception doors open

    6pm bridal party entrance and first dance

    630pm dinner

    730 speeches and thank yous

    8pm cake cutting

    830pm party starts!

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  • Tunisha
    Super October 2021 Ontario
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    Hello Malyssa,
    First off, I love the spelling of your name. Never seen it spent that way! Cool!!

    This is the wedding timeline we put together for our wedding. Since our ceremony started at 4pm. https://pin.it/2erXv4P
    Also, we had a day of wedding timeline to assist with everything until the ceremony. https://pin.it/3G6zvGF
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  • Rayanne
    Master June 2022 Ontario
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    I only have myself and a maid of honour so getting ready isn't too long. My maid of honour is very gifted at doing her own hair and makeup so she can do hers while mine is getting done. My mother will get hair and makeup. My daughter will have her hair done and mother in law wants her hair done.
    8:30 breakfast in room (continnental so we can eat while getting ready as well)
    9-11:30 hair and makeup
    11:30 drive to first look12-2 first look, family and bridal party pictures2:00 drive to chapel for wedding2:30 guests arrive2:45 ceremony3:30 pictures with guests outside chapel4:00 head to venue (hopefully have time to stop at my work to see residents for 15 minutes)4:30 cocktail hour6:15 dinner After dinner cake cuttingFirst dance to start (hopefully dancing)10:30 late night buffet12:30 we are done!
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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
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    Here's what we did last September:

    9am - 1pm: Bridesmaids get ready, Groomsmen setup

    1pm - 2pm: Lunch

    2pm - 3pm: Change

    3pm - 4pm: Tea Ceremony (Chinese family tradition)

    4pm - 5pm: Change into wedding outfit

    5pm - Guests arrive

    5:30pm - 6pm: Wedding Ceremony

    6pm - 6:30pm: Photos with guests

    6:30pm - 7:30pm: Cocktail hour/Bridal Photo session

    7:30pm - 11:30pm: Reception/Dinner/Games (we didn't have a dance party)

    For us, sundown happened closer to 8pm so figuring out when that is where you are will likely help you work backwards, especially if your ceremony is outdoors.

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  • C
    Super December 2020 Ontario
    Carmel ·
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    Here's a screenshot of what ours was. You can't see the whole right side for some reason lol - cocktail hour started at 6:15. Dinner started at 7:30. You could easily shift this if it's too late for you.
    Wedding Timelines 1


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  • Liberty
    Featured May 2022 Alberta
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    Glad to help! I'd definitely recommend reaching out to your photographer to see how much time they would like for the photos! That was a huge help for me!
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  • Malyssa
    Expert October 2022 Alberta
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    Thanks Liberty! This is very helpful as those are the order of how I want to handle things too, just trying to come up with the right timing.

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  • Malyssa
    Expert October 2022 Alberta
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    OOoof I feel this one. hahah I don't want folks to get hangry but also want to ensure we get all the photos we want, ect. Ceremony wouldn't be long but also want to capture as much sunlight as possible (being an October wedding)

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  • Hailey
    Expert June 2022 British Columbia
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    All we have so far is the ceremony is at 3 dinner for 530/6 ! It's a very laid back wedding though we have no time limit when we want to end which is nice!
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    Timeline has been the hardest part of planning my wedding!!! Lol I don’t know why.. but I just don’t know how long we will need between each event but I’ve come up with a basic one for now
    We are not doing a first look which I feel makes it so everything has to be rushed but my fiancé did not want to do one so I compromised!


    3:00PM WE DO!

    3:40pm FAMILY/WEDDING PARTY PORTRAITS

    4:00PM- 5:30PM COCKTAIL HOUR

    6:00PM WE DINE

    6:00PM - 7:00PM SPEECH’S & TOAST’S

    8:00PM - 1:00AM WE DANCE


    Then somewhere between 6:45 and 7 we need to do sunset photos 🤷🏼‍♀️We are doing the speeches staggered through dinner so guests don’t have to wait to eat.
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  • Jacquie
    Frequent user August 2022 Alberta
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    Our timeline will be something like this

    3:30-5:30 Pictures

    6:30- Ceremony

    7:30 - Dinner

    I keep going back and forth on whether or not the 6:30 PM ceremony is too late, but I also don't want a gap between the ceremony and the dinner for us to do pictures and I don't want to do pictures too early in the afternoon.

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  • Liberty
    Featured May 2022 Alberta
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    So far our timeline looks like:

    1:30-2:30 first look
    2:30-3:30- bridal party photos
    4pm- Ceremony4:30-5:30- Family Pictures5pm- reception doors open6pm- bridal party entrance 6:05- first dance 6:15- dinner service starts 6:45- speeches start (after last table has food)7:15- cake cutting/dessert (once speeches are done)
    Hope that helps a bit!
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  • Amanda
    Featured August 2022 British Columbia
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    So far my fiance and I have chosen we will have our ceremony at 330pm 5pm cocktails and 6pm dinner
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