I didn’t realize how important a wedding timeline was until a few weeks before the wedding when everyone started requesting one: the photographer, the caterer, the DJ, the hair stylist, etc. Everything needed to be planned down to the minute and being super organized ahead of time was key to making sure everything ran smoothly.
So I started frantically googling and tweeting for wedding timeline advice. A reader, Allison, sent me a copy of her daughter’s timeline and my jaw just about dropped when I saw how beautifully organized it was. I used her timeline as a template for our day, then emailed the timeline to just about everyone I could think of who needed a copy, including members of the bridal party and the majority of our vendors.
At the top of the timeline I included all of the vendor contact information for a quick reference guide to anyone who needed it and added the contact information for the bridal party members at the bottom. Members of the bridal party appreciated having everyone’s contact information in case they needed to get a hold of someone that wasn’t just Derek or myself.
*TIP* Share all wedding documents with your bridal party via Google Docs so everyone has quick access to everything on their smart phones.
The timeline may have looked a little over the top at first glance, but it was nice having everything organized the day of. We might have drifted a few minutes here or there from the timeline, but we pretty much stayed on schedule through the day.
And since I know how helpful it was to see other wedding timeline examples, I wanted to share ours.
(Please note: I removed the first and last page with everyone’s contact information for privacy reasons.)
- I wish we had more time for photos before hand. I would have added another 20-30 minutes.
- We only had our photographer until 8:00, which is why everything looks so packed at the beginning of the reception.
- All of the times were approximations. I wish I would have stressed this more to my DJ, who was a teeny bit thrown off when I wanted to deviate from the schedule.
- I forgot to put the traditional dollar dance in the schedule so we never had one. Oh well.
- Make sure you go over the timeline multiple times with your groom. If he just nods and doesn’t say anything… go over it again. Trust me.
Do you have any wedding timeline advice?