How to Have a Relaxed Wedding Timeline
On your wedding day, the last thing you want to feel is stress. A relaxed wedding timeline can help you enjoy your big day and create lasting memories. Here are some tips to help you plan a relaxed wedding timeline:
Be intentional with how you start your morning. If you have the option to sleep in, do it! If not, make sure you take some time for yourself in the morning to relax and gather your thoughts.
Overestimate how long hair and makeup will take. This is your big day and you want to look perfect, so allow yourself plenty of time to get ready.
Plan a first look or get ready together. Seeing each other before the ceremony can help alleviate any nerves. Plus, it’s a great way to spend some time together on your big day.
Plan out a time to have a snack right after the ceremony. Weddings can be long days and you don’t want to get hangry! Having a small snack after the ceremony will help tide you over until dinner.
Have your photographer there at least 3 hours before the ceremony. This will give you plenty of time for photos with your family and friends, as well as getting some great shots of you and your spouse-to-be.
Reserve 2-3 minutes for each family grouping. Family photos can be chaotic, but if you plan out a few minutes for each group, it will help keep things moving smoothly. Take group photos earlier in the day. Taking group photos before the ceremony means that you won’t have to worry about rounding up everyone after the fact.
Greet your guests as they arrive instead of hiding from them – imagine actually being in the candids with you and your friends during cocktail hour!
Switch up your ceremony timing: Traditional weddings start with a ceremony. It’s almost always first. But why? Why start the party with the most nerve-wracking thing that involves standing up in front of people and public speaking? What if you worked your way up to it? Instead of starting with the ceremony, do a first look instead or spend time getting ready together as mentioned before. This way when it comes time for the ceremony, you’ll already be warmed up!
Your wedding day should be one of the best days of your life! By following these tips, you can create a relaxed wedding timeline that will help reduce stress and allow you to enjoy every moment of your big day.