Three Acts: The Timeline

WEDDING TIMELINE

During the last year of my engagement I’ve found some phenomenal wedding blogs that give good advice on everything weddings, including day-of and prep timelines. A PRACTICAL WEDDING has emerged as my favorite site.

Here’s a link to their evening wedding timeline.

While we won’t follow their timeline exactly, it has been extremely helpful in constructing the story of our day.

So here’s what I’m thinking for our slightly altered version:

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ACT ONE: CEREMONY 

  • 2:00pm—Wedding party and family photos start
  • 3:30pm—Doors open/Guests begin to arrive/Pre-ceremony music starts
  • 4:00pm—Invite time
  • 4:15pm—Ceremony starts
  • 4:35pm—Ceremony ends
  • 4:40pm—Cocktail hour/Lawn Games/Photos
  • 6:10pm— Sun sets
  • 6:15pm—Move Guests to Pool area for Dinner

ACT TWO: RECEPTION

  • 6:20pm—Buffet opens/Dinner served
  • 6:30pm—All guests have food
  • 7:15pm— Desserts/Cake Cutting
  • 7:30pm—Toasts
  • 7:45pm—First Dance on the tennis court 
  • 8:00pm—General dancing/music starts
  • 10:00pm—Guests depart
  • 11:00pm—Breakdown of reception area begins

ACT THREE: AFTER-PARTY

  • 11:30pm—Guests begin departing
  • 12:00am—After Party Begins/Dancing continues
  • 12:30am— Pizzas delivered
  • 1:00am—Mariokart Match begins
  • 2:00am—Straggler Awards  
  • 3:00am—Final Boozy Toasts 
  • 3:15am—Quiet Partying in Game Room/Bride & Groom depart
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