Wedding Day Itinerary
Your Day Step by Step
This sample wedding day itinerary is based on the average wedding ceremony time of 2:00 p.m. Most wedding ceremonies occur in the early afternoon for several reasons: it provides the wedding party with ample time to get ready, it makes the most of available daylight for photos, dinner can be still be served at a standard hour (5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.) and it leaves the rest of the night free for celebrating!
7:00 a.m. Get up and have a relaxing bath or shower. This will be your last moment alone during the day so enjoy the peace and quiet.
8:00 a.m. Have breakfast; you'll need your energy throughout the day. Many a bride has felt lightheaded or fainted for the simple reason that she skipped breakfast!
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Have your hair and make-up done. Don't forget to bring the bridal veil, tiara, flowers or any other hair accessories. Whether you hired a make-up artist or you're doing it yourself apply make-up in a room well lit with natural light.
1:00 p.m. The limousine arrives to take the bridal party to the ceremony location.
2:00 p.m. Meet the groom at the ceremony location and exchange your vows; you're now officially married. Congratulations!
3:00 p.m. Take photos; immortalize your special day in all its beauty and glory.
4:00 p.m. With your new husband host the receiving line to greet guests as they arrive for the wedding dinner and reception.
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Cut the wedding cake. According to wedding tradition the groom should place his hand over the bride's as they cut the cake together as a symbol of their shared future. This is also the ideal time to have your first dance as a married couple.
8:00 p.m. and later: Celebrate! Mingle with the guests, dance and laugh. This is your party have fun and enjoy it for all it's worth.