THE APPROXIMATE TIMELINE OF A WEDDING DAY
Since most couples have their wedding for the first time it is hard to rehearse this and the wedding day everything will be happening "here and now". Many couples cannot imagine an order of the actions and how to allocate time to this happy day. How long will it take to make a hairstyle of your dream on the same day? How will be the first meeting with the groom? How long does an outdoor ceremony last? Today we are going to live a typical day with an imaginary bride and thus will try to clarify the question of many of you.
Every wedding program is individual. Someone has richer show program, some couples have the ceremony at a register office without outdoor ceremonies, someone seeks to arrange an interesting bride price instead of the meeting in the park, and some just want make beautiful photos and fly off on their honeymoon. Your wedding is only yours and no one else’s story. We have just tried to show some of the highlighted moments and will be glad to help with a piece of advice in the comments.
WAKE UP at 9:00
The bride has slept and is full of strength and energy! This is crucial for good health and a nice appearance of the girl in such an important day, so we do not advise to organize all girls’ parties or thinking of the décor the night before, better to spend the evening on the eve on relaxing treatments, facials and set your mind on tomorrow.
BRIDAL PREPARATION at 11:00
Funny and exciting part of the day! It takes about 2 hours to do make-up and hairstyle for medium-length hair. It is better to get manicure and pedicure shortly before. If your look requires additional procedures think about an hour longer. It is convenient, if the delivery of the bridal bouquet the bride will be delivered at the time of preparations. If you want to have beautiful photos and videos of the bridal preparation, ask the photographers to come before the beginning of the preparation. So they will have time to take pictures of parts of your look and your emotions during the preparations. For maximum effect, we recommend you to choose a hotel with beautiful interiors and large windows near the wedding location.
MEETING WITH THE GROOM AT 13:00
The bride is ready! Now it is time of the day - the meeting with her future husband and his genuine reaction to her beauty. Our bride and groom meet near her home, where a car is waiting for them, ready to drive them to the photo shoot. The bride cautiously comes closer from behind, gently touches the shoulder of her man, he turns and ... wow! What a tenderness and warmth in their eyes! The photographer catches the moment. These minutes are worth preparing all the morning. The couple in love leaves for the photo shoots.
PHOTOSHOOT at 14:00
Our couple is photographed in the park, where lately the outdoor ceremony will take place. It is the most convenient option that allows you to not waste time in traffic jams. The required minimum for a photo shoot at one place is about one and a half hours, during two hours you can make a beautiful photo shoot and change a few locations in a large park. Well, if you plan to visit a few places in the city, do not forget about the additional time, taking into account the transportation and traffic. A photo shoot before the ceremony saves time your guests, allowing you to not brood about how entertain them, you can just relax and enjoy time with each other. By the end of the photo shoot, you can invite the bridesmaids and groomsmen to make funny pictures together.
GATHERING OF GUESTS at 15:30
Meanwhile, the guests are already beginning to gather. Having read on the invitation card that the guests gathering begins half an hour before the ceremony, many friends and relatives are already coming to the event place. The arch is ready, chairs are placed, lounge music is playing, and the audio equipment is set. The master of ceremonies is about to appear and invite all to take their seats.
THE CEREMONY at 16:00
The long-awaited music sounds, the groom is waiting under the wedding arch. The music changes and here she is – the bride walking arm-in-arm with her Dad. The Dad passes the girl to live with her future husband. That all is going to come true! A quiet "yes", rings on the shaking fingers, the exchange of wedding vows. Finally!
If someone of your family wants to hold the ceremony, then it will be more personal and familiar. Do not be afraid to seem “unofficial”, funny stories and memories will make your ceremony unforgettable.
WEDDING GREETINGS at 16:30
Hugs, loud hurrahs, glasses of champagne, ringing glasses, greetings, joint photos with the parents, bridesmaids and all the guests. A smooth removal to the nearby restaurant. If the restaurant is not within the walking distance, the guests go to the ordered transport to drive them to the banquet.
START OF THE BANQUET at 17:00
First toasts, congratulations by friends and relatives, the bride's father's speech. Tears of happiness on the faces of parents, moving speeches, the most valuable and sincere moments of the day.
THE BANQUET at 18:00
Serving of hot snacks. The first 2-3 hours are the most important in terms of food, it is necessary not to rush the guests and wait until all are fed. At 19:00 hot snacks must be served.
ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME at 19:30
The first performance of the music band. At that time you can place the first dance of the newlyweds who will make other guests dance.
At 21:00 - 21:40 - The second performance of the music band. Typically, two sets of 40 minutes is sufficient. Most likely for more music you will need your own DJ with a dance program.
END OF THE EVENING AT 22:00
The bouquet and the garter are the most long-awaited moments for unmarried girlfriends and their boyfriends. Shouts, screams of happiness, funny snapshots. A striking appearance of the wedding cake. The cake cutting ceremony. The bride and the groom give the first pieces of the cake to each other’s parents.
THE WEDDING THANK YOU SPEECH AT 23:00
Gratitude speech of the bride and the groom to the guests at the end of the wedding party.
Typically, six hours is enough for the gala dinner and the entertainment part.
But if your guests do not want the party end, then apply your own scenario of the end of the wedding night.