Beginning of the day.
1 hour: Wake up
It is guaranteed that you will wake up very early because of all the excitement, but give yourself an hour or so to get out of bed, shower and have something to eat before everyone arrives.
2-3 hours: Hair & makeup
Your bridal party, hair & makeup artists will begin then your photographer should 1 hour in when the preparations are well underway
Arrange for the hairdresser to begin styling your hair first, and then your bridal party afterwards. When you are happy with your style, begin to have your makeup applied. This is the perfect opportunity to sit down, relax and enjoy being pampered, ideally with a glass of champagne and some good music playing.
30 minutes: Get dressed
Putting on your dress and accessories will take longer than you think. So allow yourself up to half an hour for this. Your bridesmaids should also be ready at this point so this would be a good time to have a few photos together.
Remember to allow plenty of time for your transport, especially if your route is prone to heavy traffic.
45 minutes: Arrivals begin
The bridegroom, ushers and best man should arrive at the ceremony venue around 45 minutes before the start time in order to greet your guests as they arrive. It is traditional for family of the bride to be seated on the left, and family of the bridegroom to be seated on the right.
30 minutes: 1 hour: The Ceremony
Bridesmaids arrive at the venue, shortly followed by the bride and her father. It’s now time for you to get married. The service will last between 30-90 minutes, with civil ceremonies generally being shorter than religious ones and a catholic mass being the longest.
1 .5 hour: Photographs
Ensuring that your photographer has a detailed list of the unusual shots you would like taken, a good professional doesn’t need to be told to take a picture of the bride with her dad. So unusual shots like bride with all her college friends should be listed this will help keep things stress-free.
2-3 hours: The wedding breakfast
Guests should begin taking their seats for the wedding breakfast. A three course meal will generally last for 2 hours. Allow 30-45 minutes for speeches and the wedding toast (before or after eating). Traditional after as the guests will be hungry and it gives them all something to look forward to whilst eating.
5 minutes: The first dance
Next comes the cutting of the cake, before you head to the dancefloor for your first dance. If you’re feeling nervous, have the Band or DJ invite your guests to join in halfway through.
3+ hours: Celebrating
This is when your evening guests will be arriving and timings often go out of the window here, especially if the drinks are flowing. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and dance the night away as guests mingle with one another. You may wish to serve some food or even s bbq or hog roast in the evening during this time.
Stick with this and you really won’t go far wrong.
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