Are you trying to build out your day-of-timeline for your wedding? This is arguably one of the hardest parts of wedding planning especially when you've never done it before (and we're guessing most of you haven't)! But don't stress! We're here to help! On today's blog, we're sharing two tips on exactly how to build out your day of timeline for your wedding. Let's dive in!
Day-of timeline factors
When it comes to building out your day-of timeline there are three important factors:
- Your ceremony start time
- Whether or not you're having a first look
- Who all is getting hair and makeup done
Let's chat about each of these.
If you already have your ceremony start time set, then great. You can easily back into your day-of timeline based on your start time. If you don't know when your ceremony start time should be then we need to take a moment to figure that out.
Arguably the most important factor in your ceremony start time is whether or not you're having a first look. If you're having a first look then you can have a later ceremony start time as you don't have to worry about getting pictures with your husband before the sun sets.
However, if you do not want to have a first look then you need to consider this when choosing your start time and select an earlier time so that you can capture all the photos you want after the ceremony!
Once you've got your ceremony start time selected. We will work backwards to build out your complete day-of timeline.
You will want to have your hair and makeup COMPLETE three hours before the ceremony start time if you're having a first look and two hours before if you're not doing a first look. So let's go through an example using some facts we know.
It typically takes the bride one and a half to two hours to have her hair and makeup done. If anyone else in your bridal party is having their hair and makeup done we can factor an hour each for them.
So let's say your ceremony starts at 5:00 p.m., you're doing the first look before the ceremony, and you have three other people also getting their hair and makeup done. Everyone will need to be done with hair and makeup by 2:00 p.m.
Therefore, we will need to start hair and makeup at 9:00 a.m. Your three bridal party members will have hair and makeup from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and you will do yours from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. I like to give even more of a cushion so would probably even suggest you start at 8:00/8:30 a.m. especially depending on travel time from where you're getting ready to the ceremony location.
Think of it as a puzzle and just always give yourself a bit of a buffer for things going wrong or taking longer than expected!
If you need help building out your day-of timeline and don't feel confident nailing it down on your own, check out our day-of timeline builder here!