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The Perfect Wedding Day Timeline

Your hour by hour guide

You may believe that all wedding day timelines are the same: ceremony, cocktails, dinner, and dancing. To be sure, there is frequently additional planning occurring in the background to ensure that you arrive at those critical moments on time. If you’ve ever been a guest at a wedding and waited for food/a drink/the bride/the music, you’ll understand how a lull can completely change the vibe of the day.

A wedding day timeline ensures that your day flows smoothly, that everyone knows where they need to be when, and that all your guests are fed, watered, and entertained at all the appropriate times. Oh, and it also means that you’ll spend your wedding day relaxed and enjoying it, rather than rushing through your photographs or keeping one eye on the kitchen, wondering when the starters will arrive.

We’ll share tips on creating your own wedding day timeline soon, but in the meantime, we thought we’d get you started with some sample wedding day itineraries that can be customised for your day.

Summer Wedding Traditions
This wedding itinerary is probably the most familiar to you. Of course, it will vary slightly depending on the time and style of your ceremony (you need to give up to an hour for a Catholic ceremony but a civil wedding can be wrapped up in twenty minutes). Allow time for guests to travel between venues – just make sure they are aware of the time they are expected at the drinks reception so they don’t nip off to the pub for an eternity in between.

8:00am Showers and breakfast

10:00am Begin hair and makeup preparations, as well as grooming preparations.

11:00am Deliveries of bouquets and buttonholes

1:00pm Photographs of the bridal party and bubbly

2:00pm The bridegroom (if applicable) arrives for the ceremony, and the guests begin to arrive.

2:15pm The bride (if applicable) makes her way to the ceremony.

2:30 p.m.

3:15pm Outside the ceremony, there are hugs and chats (allow extra for a more formal reception line)

3:30pm Couple departs for photograph opportunities

4:00pm Reception with beverages

4:30pm Couple returns from photo shoot

5:30pm Dinner guests should be seated

7:00pm Commence the speeches and serve the dessert

7:30pm Couples share a cake.

7:40pm Couple departs for some golden hour shots (subject to sunset times and weather conditions!).

8:00pm Guests arrive in the evening

8:30pm The first dance begins, and the band begins.

11:00pm The DJ starts playing and late-night food is served.

2:00am The music concludes (and the inevitable sing-along in the resident’s bar begins!)

Winter Wedding Traditions
If you choose a traditional wedding day timeline, the general running order of a winter wedding will be similar to that of a summer wedding, but you should discuss daylight hours with your photographer and ensure you get your photos in before it gets dark (which is as early as 4pm in December). You may wish to have a first look prior to your ceremony in order to get some photos in, but if not, schedule your ceremony early to allow plenty of time for photos! Again, adjust this timeline slightly if there is a significant distance between the ceremony and reception venues.

8:00am Showers and breakfast

10:00am Begin hair and makeup preparations, as well as grooming preparations.

11:30am Deliveries of bouquets and buttonholes

12:30pm Photographs of the bridal party and bubbly

1:00pm The bridegroom (if applicable) arrives for the ceremony, and the guests begin to arrive.

1:15pm The bride (if applicable) makes her way to the ceremony.

Ceremonies begin at 1:30pm

2:30pm Couple departs for photographs following the confetti toss.

3:00pm Cocktails and canapés are served to guests.

3:45pm A couple has arrived.

5:00pm Dinner guests should be seated

7:00pm Commence the speeches and serve the dessert

7:45pm Slice the cake

8:00pm Guests arrive in the evening

8:30pm The first dance begins, and the band begins.

10:30pm The DJ starts playing and late-night food is served.

1:30am The music and bar have concluded.

The Afternoon Soirée
Evening weddings have grown in popularity in recent years, particularly for city weddings and weddings at restaurants. Due to the informal nature of these weddings, they will likely lack a formal ceremony – or may even lack one entirely. Many couples meet for portraits prior to their ceremony, allowing them to relax and enjoy the evening with their guests without having to duck away.

2:00pm Join the bridal party for lunch.

3.30pm Begin hair and makeup or grooming preparations.

5.30pm Collect photographs of the bridal party and family

6.00pm Conduct a first look with your partner, share a drink, and take some portraits together.

6.30pm The guests begin to arrive.

7:00 p.m.

7.30 p.m. Reception with beverages

8.30pm Dinner was summoned by guests

9.45pm Discourses (as dessert is served)

10:15pm Slice the cake

10:30 p.m. Dance

1:00 a.m. Taxis to the house

Brunch with a View
Thus, while the concept of a brunch wedding has yet to catch on in Ireland, in other countries, a morning celebration that concludes by mid-afternoon is quite popular – and in the United States, these types of weddings are becoming quite trendy. This is not for everyone, but a brunch wedding is a good option if you don’t want your day to be too boozy, and it’s also a more family-friendly option if you’re inviting a large number of children.

8:00 a.m.

8:30am Begin hair and makeup preparations, as well as grooming preparations.

10:30 a.m. Photographs of the bridal party

At 11 a.m., guests begin to arrive.

Ceremony at 11:30 a.m.

12.15pm Drinks and hors d’oeuvres (couples go for photos for half an hour)

1:00 p.m. Addresses (while still at the cocktail hour)

1.30pm Lunch guests should be seated

2.30pm Slice the cake

3:00pm Farewells (The couple may then continue with the photographer’s photo session)