Schedules and Wedding Day Check-Lists

On the day of your wedding, you want to make sure everything runs accordingly to plan. To ensure this organization, make it easier for you and your wedding party and vendors by creating a timeline schedule as well as any checklists with items that need to be completed on that day for your wedding planner. Take your time on creating these lists so you can add and subtract any ideas and thoughts. Disperse these lists to all parties one week ahead of the wedding, therefore if there are any last minute changes, there will be time to do so. Below, I have created a sample Wedding Day Schedule. Please make your timeline and checklists as detailed as you would like, this helps with any possible confusion that could occur during the day of the wedding. Go over the list with each person to ensure he or she fully understands.
Wedding Day Schedule:
Wedding Day Begins
Bridal Party arrives at Venue
Makeup/Hair Appointment Begins
Arrival of Photographer and/or Videographer
Groom and Groomsmen arrive at Venue
Dressing of Bridal Party and Groom and Groomsmen
Arrival of Caterer and Bartenders
Arrival of Flowers
Arrival of DJ
Arrival of Cake
Arrival of Officiant/Pastor
Prelude Ceremony Music Begins
Pre-Ceremony Cocktails*
Arrival of Guests
Line up bridal party and groomsmen for Processional
Ceremony Begins
Special Guests are seated
Processional Begins
Bride Walks down the Aisle
Reception Begins:
Cocktail Hour
Dinner (Depending on how many courses served, you can split it up by salad, sorbet, entrée, etc.)
Toast (Best Man and/or Maid of Honor and/or other Guests)
Cake Cutting
First Dance
Father/Daughter Dance
(Mother/Son Dance)
Dancing for Everyone
Bouquet and Garter Toss
Last Call at the Bar
Last Song of the Night
End of Reception
Photographer/Videographer/DJ/Caterer/Bartenders time of Departure will vary depending on what you have agreed upon with them
*Optional activities depending on the Bride and Groom's desires. 
Make this day as enjoyable and fun as you have always dreamed about. Staying organized is key in making this successful! Therefore, make sure you put dedicated time into making these lists! And most importantly, on the wedding day, RELAX! Let the professionals take care of wedding details!
(Photos by Jim Semlor)

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