5 Tips for Creating Your Wedding Day Timeline

Feeling a little stuck on how to organize your wedding day?  Well let us help you out!  There are so many things that need to be scheduled and accounted for on your day, and it is such a huge help to create a timeline.  The tips below are sure to help!

 

Tip #1- Use Google Docs or similar platform…

When choosing a platform to create your timeline, Google Docs is definitely our first choice.  You can easily create and share your timeline with whomever over Google.  Add in your mom, your wedding planner, or any vendors you want to have access to the timeline.  They can add in their contact information, and their time of arrival so there is no miscommunication.  The key piece, is that when everyone is working on it, adding things in, the timeline is always up to date.  As well, you don’t even need to print it off.  With Google Drive you can access your timeline anywhere like on your phone.

Tip #2- Start Your Timeline From Scratch…

A big mistake is to try and copy a timeline from the internet.  Your wedding is going to be different than Cindy’s from Ohio, so don’t try to follow her timeline that she has shared online.  Instead, try to find a blank template that you can use to start off and then make it all your own.  Click here to see a PDF of a blank timeline we want to provide to help you!  Most brides who are not hiring a coordinator will create the timeline themselves or work with key vendors like photographer and caterer to assist but most wedding planners will help to create a timeline for you… wink wink 😉

Tip #3- Distribute Your Timeline…

Make sure to give a copy of the finalized timeline to all your vendors, your VIP’s, like mom, bridesmaids, wedding planner, venue manager, etc, the week of the wedding.  If any last minute changes need to be made, change them on the Google Doc and then everything will always be up to date.

Tip #4- Give Yourself Enough Time…

When creating your timeline, give ample time for things like hair and makeup, transportation, toasts/speeches and for photos.  You have to remember these things can sometimes run a little long.  So try to plan for that.  If photogrpahy is important to you, ensure you are running your timeline by your photographer so they can tell you timing it will take for photos you want to capture, ei, bridal party, first look and family photos.  You may have a detailed schedule made for your day, but sometimes things can get off track, so be prepared and try to live with the moment and enjoy your special day!

Tip #5- Reach Out to Vendors…

Make sure to go through your contracts with vendors to verify what time they will be arriving and what requirements are needed for them when they arrive.  For example, if you are getting married at a hall, and your decorator expects the tables and chairs to be set up prior to them arriving, make sure you communicate to find out what your vendor may need or want.  Another important thing is to talk with your photographer and make sure you have the right timing for the photos you want.  Often enough, you will book the cheapest package for 8 hours, and because there is already so much going on in the day, you amy not get the photos taken you wanted.  So converse with your photographer to figure out what will be best for you. One more thing, and this is crucial, if you are getting your hair and makeup done, do not tell just tell the artist to come at 9am.  Talk with the artist so you know how long hair and makeup will take.  Otherwise you could be screwing yourself over for timing.

 

Thanks for reading… hopefully these tips will help you create your wedding day timeline and if you need some serious collaboration and help, Glass Slipper is just a call away!

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