Your engaged and planning your wedding – it can be difficult to know where to begin with how much time to allocate for each part of the wedding day.
First piece of advice I would offer, is remember that you have invested in professional suppliers that have years of experience working with brides and grooms. Suppliers that have worked on many weddings before and can provide you valuable information and helpful advice to plan the part of your wedding which they are involved in.
Below is the perfect wedding timeline for a morning ceremony / lunchtime wedding.
Wedding Timeline – Morning Ceremony / Lunchtime Wedding
For a morning ceremony / lunchtime wedding, you will need to get an early start. However, the plus side of a morning ceremony, is that you have all afternoon to celebrate with your loved ones over a lunchtime party.
Remember, these times are estimates and you should always plan your wedding timeline with your respective suppliers. Things like number of bridesmaids can affect how long you need for bride prep, how long your ceremony lasts can depend on if its a church wedding or garden wedding, even the number of guests can affect how long your photographer will need to cover the congratulations and family photos.
A sample timeline for a ‘morning ceremony / lunchtime wedding’:
Note: with morning ceremonies, you will need to take into consideration that the time you will be having your bridal party photos, will be in the middle of the day. The middle of the day isn’t the best time to be out taking photos as the sun is at its strongest and creates a big contrast between the light and shadows. Depending on what time of year, ie. Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, will play a roll as the sun sits higher in the sky in summer, but lower in the sky in winter. Shade will be your best friend during the middle of the day, but its always best to discuss options with your photographer.
- 6.00am — hair and makeup commences.
- 8.00am – photographer arrives at groom’s accommodation for getting ready photos and portraits.
- 9.00am — photographer arrives at brides accommodation for getting ready photos and portraits.
- 10.30am — guests begin to arrive for the ceremony.
- 11.00am — ceremony begins.
- 11.30am — the ceremony finishes and guests congratulate the newlyweds. Group photo and family photos.
- 12.00pm – bridal party location shoot and bride & groom portrait session.
- 1.00pm – the lunchtime reception begins.
- 1.30pm – meals are served and speeches.
- 2.30pm – time to cut the cake or bring out dessert.
- 2.45pm – first dance followed by mingling/dancing.
- 4.00pm – newlyweds depart.
- 4.15pm – guests leave.
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