Okay every coordinator is completely different, here is my favorite timeline setup.
All times are fictional but this is exactly how I like the day to go. Imaginary wedding begins at 5:00 p.m.
Pictures begin at 12:00
12:00- brides portraits (have bouquets ready)
12:30- special private first look moment for bride and groom
12:35-1:35 – artistic photography of bride and groom
1:35-2:30.. All bridal party (travel toa park or some great photography backdrop and get cool artistic photographs)
30 minute travel time allowance
3:00 – back at ceremony location – photography with bride and groom and both families
4:00 (1 hour before ceremony begins) everything stops. Bride gets out of gown for a second.. Eat something so she doesn’t faint.. Freshen makeup…
5:00- ceremony begins… (ceremony is another blog entry)
5:30- ceremony ends.. No receiving line.. Bridal party hides and coordinators tell guests they will see them at the reception.. And since all the pictures were taken beforehand .. No need to make the guests wait!
6:00 arrive at reception
6:05- bridal party is announced
6:10- bride and groom enter and go to middle of dance floor for first dance.
6:15- after first dance – the meal is served or buffet opens
7:00- father and daughter dance
7:05 – mother and son dance
7:10- maid of honor and best man speeches
7:20- cutting of the cake
7:30 – bouquet toss and garter toss
7:45— dance the night away!
10:30– leaving with sparklers
Whew.. That’s a great timeline… Coordinators always have to adjust.. But try really hard to get all your event things done at the first part of the reception so your photographer and Videographer can capture it all!