How to build a kickass wedding timeline // Wedding Tip Wednesday // Champagne + Linen // Western Montana Wedding Designers and Planners
There's so much that goes into a wedding before the couples stands at the altar. Time to talk to logistics - the fun part of planning a wedding that everyone looks forward to. But really, I love the logistics. It’s like a crazy puzzle that you have to put together. One of the most important task you have before your wedding is finalizing your timeline. This is basically your guiding document for the entire day. It should contain the who/what/when/where of your special day. If you have a kickass timeline, you should be able to hand it off to your MOH, a family member, or day of coordinator and not be disturbed your whole wedding day!
There are four guiding rules for building your own wedding timeline.
Include vendor arrival and end times // This may seem obvious, but not everyone does it. Include anytime someone is supposed to drop off items or start their services. This way whoever is managing your timeline can keep track of vendors. If you want to be an overachiever, attach all contracts to your wedding timeline.
Ask your wedding vendors how much time to budget // Ask your hair and makeup artist how long it will take. Ask your officiant how long they think the ceremony will be. Ask your photog how much time to budget for family pictures. Ask your caterer how long it will take to set up and clean up the meal. Please. Ask the questions. If you ask, you won’t have any surprises. Which leads me to….
Budget more time than you think is needed // Think your wedding hair and makeup will take an hour? Think again. Only need ten minutes for speeches? Dear God, think again. What’s the worst that can happen if you finish something early? Drink an extra mimosa? Shucks.
Schedule some couple alone time // Take thirty minutes in the middle of your reception to take some golden hour pictures with you and your new spouse. Seriously, you won’t regret it.
We assist our full and month of coordination couples with building their timeline, but we always want to give some pointers to our day of couples too! Do you have any questions on how to build your wedding timeline? Any additional advice? Maybe a timeline horror story? We would love to hear it!