How To Create A Stress-free Wedding Day Timeline

1. Consider a first look

First looks aren't for everyone and that's OK! If you are considering a first look however, here are a few things to keep in mind.

- They are a great way to knock out all the jitters of seeing your bride/groom for the first time in front of all your family and friends.

- They save time between the ceremony and reception. You won't need a 2 hour cocktail hour anymore since your bride/groom portraits can be taken before the ceremony.

2. Limit your location changes

Having your ceremony and reception at the same venue with bridal suits and groom rooms for getting ready in is ideal but not all venues can accommodate both the ceremony and the reception. If you are having your ceremony in one location and your reception in another, try to get ready at or near your ceremony location. This will cut down on travel time throughout the day and help your timeline stay on track.

3. Hire a wedding coordinator

The less you have to tackle on your wedding day the better! Having a month of or day of coordinator as they are more commonly called, means you can focus on being present and soak in all that wedding day joy.

Where will everyone park?

Is the reception decorated like I want it to be?

What time is the caterer arriving?

That's now not for you to worry about :)

4. Pack an emergency kit

Pack a small bag with some things your might end up needing on your wedding day. Or let your photographer do it for you ;)

To see what is in my emergency kit, click here.

5. Create a family portrait list and timeline

Family portraits can be a little tricky, especially if no one is given any direction on when to be ready. To make this portion of your wedding day go smoothly create a list of the family portraits that you want and who exactly should be in them. This way you can hand the list to your guests and your DJ. Now your guests know when to be ready and your DJ can assist by calling out group names.

6. Come to terms with the fact that no wedding is perfect

This might be a hard pill to swallow, especially if you are a bit OCD like myself.. No matter how many hours you spent planning, or how organized your might be, there will always be something that doesn't go exactly as planned.. and that's OK too! At the end of the day the most important part of your wedding day is getting to marry your best friend. To try and combat timeline hiccups though, you can give yourself more time then you'll actually need. Put some buffers in your timeline so it has a little wiggle room.

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