Your wedding is supposed to be one of the most important and remembered moments in your life, for this reason you want to make sure that your special day goes according to plan. One of the easiest ways in which you can make sure your most special occasion stays on track is by creating a wedding schedule. A wedding schedule is the secret to having a stress- and worry-free wedding and is a great way to help you sort things out and make sure that everything runs according to plan throughout your wedding right up until the big day itself.
Although not all wedding events happen as they are planned, it’s smarter to have a specific schedule to keep things in order. If you want to have a merrier and less stressful wedding day, you should create a realistic and accurate wedding day timeline.
The basics of creating a wedding day schedule
The first to thing to remember when making a schedule for your wedding day is to outline the major events of the occasion. This includes the ceremony, the dinner/reception and the after-party. Next, estimate how many hours you think the wedding will last, so you can have a clear picture of how you should manage every detail in the event. Don’t forget to leave an extra amount of time in each of the categories so as to accommodate for any unforeseen circumstances that could possible arise.
Give yourself more time
For instance, if your average amount of time for the actual wedding ceremony is 30 minutes to an hour, extend it for an extra ten to fifteen minutes to give room for the photo sessions and other traditional ceremony practices that you or your spouse’s family may have. Or if you think that the dinner will last longer than you have allotted then you can adjust the time, especially if you have many guests to accommodate and feed.
Once you have a good timing and program arrangement set in place, it’s time to add some of the common wedding practices to your timeline. Such traditional ceremonies include the grand entrance of the bride and groom, toasts for the newlyweds, first dance of the couple,weddingcake-cutting, tossing of bouquet, and open dancing for the guests.
The key to having a well-organized wedding day timeline is to always leave some extra minutes in every ceremony to make sure that all the details will be covered and all the moments will be aptly captured by the wedding photographer. You may see that the grand entrance, toasts, and cake-cutting, don’t usually last more than 15 minutes, but if you make it longer, this could cover any possible delays in entrance, technical difficulties and other problems that may arise, which could have a domino effect on the rest of the reception details. Always remember to anticipate for any problems, because if you don’t allocate some extra time for these, it would pretty much difficult to prevent a domino effect from happening.
Be Flexible with your planning
A simple yet effective wedding day timeline is probably a good way to lessen the hassles that may come from non-planning and non-organizing. It will serve as your guideline on how things should flow during the wedding day, but always remember that nothing is set in stone. Everything can change in your schedule, so you should be prepared for them. By making your timeline a bit more flexible, it will be easier for you to add up or omit some events depending on the flow of the wedding occasion.