Let’s talk timelines. If you are a detail orientated bride you probably just got a shiver of excitement run up your spine. If you are more like me, a big picture gal, your eyes have glazed over and you are about to go and find something more interesting to read; but I urge you to stay with me, because how to create a wedding day timeline is something you are going to want to know if you are planning your wedding yourself.
We don’t promise perfection around here (who wants to be perfect anyway!). But, if you want a day that is (reasonably) stress free and smooth-flowing, a timeline is essential. Why? Because your vendors, your bridal party and any friends or family helping you out on the day need clear guidelines on what you want them to do and where and when they need to be doing it. Without a timeline providing that framework for everyone involved, your wedding is going to be a hot mess and whilst perfection is a lofty goal we don’t recommend shooting for, no one wants a wedding that is a shambles either. So you have to have a timeline! And, even though I am that big picture girl, I admit that saving the ‘final version’ of that bad boy feels pretty good; its where you see the potential of the amazing day that has been created – really! If you have a Wedding Coordinator, they will liaise with you and your Vendors about what is going to happen when and start putting the jigsaw that is your Wedding Day together for you. If you don’t have a Coordinator, or if you would like to be a bit more hands-on and start working out some rough timings yourself, here is a step by step guide explaining how to create a Wedding Day Timeline.
We have created a handy FREE Timeline Template for you. I want to stress this is just a guide. Your wedding is unique and there will be things in here that you may not be doing and other things you need to add. But this handy template, together with our tips above, will give you a framework from which to start building your own wedding day timeline.