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The Wedding Timeline and Why Every Couple Needs One To Help Navigate a Stress-Free Wedding

The Wedding Planning Timeline & How Useful It Is


Do you really need a wedding timeline? Won’t everyone already know what they need to do? Yes, and no. Everyone will have a good idea of what they need to do but putting it all together and making it run smoothly requires strategy and organization, two key elements in wedding planning that cannot be skipped or disaster will follow. Not really a disaster but things won’t go as planned and you may end up disappointed in the end.

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Organization and Strategy
Most of the time planning your wedding requires more than just booking the church, hiring the minster, and inviting the guests. These are the broader goals. First, you have to look for the venue, make a list of the top 5 and go look at each one. You will have to find ministers who can perform the ceremony in your area and find out if they can use the location you choose. There are many steps and many things to consider when planning a wedding and being organized helps this process.

You should start planning well in advance to make sure that everything gets a spot. You don’t want to wait until the day of your wedding to figure out what everyone will do and when to start. Waiting until the last minute is a big mistake.


A Wedding Timeline Helps Everyone Prepare

1. Vendors
On the big day, it’s not just the bride and groom who have to be ready. You also have caterers who need to know what time to show up to start preparing the food, setting the tables, and etc. The florist will need to know when to bring the flowers and start setting up the venue.

2. Bridesmaids
Your bridesmaids will want to know when to come help with your hair and makeup. What time should they show up? You don’t want to be rushed so you need to make plenty of time for this.

3. Wedding Guests
Everyone will want to know what time to leave for the ceremony. Some guests who live farther away may have to come early. Will you need to entertain them until the start of the ceremony? Where will everyone meet once they arrive at the location?

Reasons to Have a Wedding Timeline


  • You know what time to start getting ready

  • Vendors know when to start setting up

  • Guests know what time to leave for the ceremony (calculating for traffic)

  • You have enough time scheduled for each task so you’re not rushed

  • Guests can linger after the ceremony to talk to the happy couple before heading over to the reception

Easy-to-Follow Sample Timeline



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Besides just keeping everyone on track, a timeline helps you keep track of the other people who are working behind the scenes. Photographers will take the wedding photos and they will also photograph guests and the wedding party so there needs to be time for that in the schedule. It is always good to have a buffer, a little extra time worked into the schedule for unexpected events that may occur. It is always better to prepare for anything that way you never get taken by surprise.

Do you have any word of wisdom or wedding planning tips you’d like to share? Leave them in the comment section below. We’d love to hear your opinions and stories.

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