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.

11:00 a.m. The photographer and videographer (if you hired one) arrive to take pictures/video of you getting ready.

12:00 p.m. The bridal bouquet and other wedding flowers including boutonnieres and corsages are delivered.

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.

5:00 p.m. Raise your glass; the best man and the maid of honor give their speeches. Guests also toast the couple.

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.

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