Wedding timeline seems this overwhelming list of everything that has to be done, making sure that the big day allows for everything important happen and avoid the stress of being late.
You can always opt for wedding coordinator, who will help you with scheduling and coordinating everything. Wedding coordinators offer variety of services, from "Day of" coordination, to full wedding planning.
Here in Detroit Metro area there are quite a few companies including Ines & Marie Events
As a wedding photographer I come across of wide variety of weddings and timelines and the one takeaway is that timelines need room for flexibility.
So here are my top tips to no stress timeline
1. Before you even start working out the time, write down the list of your vendors. That will ensure that you know when and where everything will be happening.
2. If your wedding day includes several locations - getting ready / ceremony / photos / reception - don' t forget the travel time, as well as extra time for parking and boarding the transportation. If your wedding is in one location, you just created more room to breathe.
3. Add time 10 to 15 minutes extra to have time to freshen up, have a snack and use the restroom.
4. Start your timeline with least flexible events - ceremony. Then work backwards to allocate enough time for getting ready, transportation and photography.
5. Allocate time for photography. Well this tip is dear to my heart. Being wedding photographer I come across quite a few situations when initial outline is set for photography however, people who should be in the photos are not ready or present. While I am a big fan of first look and family formals and creative photos before the ceremony, I understand that some couples opt for tradition of seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony.
-If couple chooses to have the first look and creative photos before the ceremony, make sure that bridal party and family members knows when they should be ready.
- if you have large family and want formal photos after the ceremony, make sure they don't leave.
5. Have a plan B if any part of your wedding is outside and there is a chance for inclement weather