Planning a wedding can be stressful... but planning your day-of timeline can be even crazier! Planning a day down the exact minute can be time-consuming and intimidating, but don't worry— Events Unleashed has your back. We're sharing our top tips on how to craft the perfect wedding day timeline! Be sure to download our FREE step by step guide on crafting your wedding day timeline at the end of this post.
Tips for Crafting Wedding Day Timelines
1. Start from scratch.
It may be tempting to download a blank template and fill in the blanks, but we recommend starting from scratch. Although sample templates are great to work from, every wedding has unique logistics. The last thing you want is to fill in a template that doesn't have a space for a special moment you wanted to incorporate— this can lead to having to restart or shift your timeline you've been working hard on, or forgetting to include the moment all together.
2. Remember to include the whole day.
Sometimes we get so excited about laying out the details for the ceremony and reception, that we forget to include important times for the vendors such as your photographer and hair and makeup artists.
3. Decide on if you want to have a First Look.
First looks are a sweet intimate moment with you and your partner before the start of the ceremony. The photographer is present to capture all the feels. If you prefer to have you walking down the aisle being the first time you see your partner, this will create a different flow in your wedding timeline. Most couple portraits can be done during the first look if a couple chooses to partake in one. If they opt out of a first look, all portraits need to be taken after the ceremony, during cocktail hour.
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Post written by Kaley M. for Events Unleashed.
Identify with your partner who you want to ask and why.
Come up with a plan to ask.
As you plan to ask people for help financial help with your wedding, considering sharing the overall costs related to your big day, share your plan with the funds and the importance/value to you and your partner, allow time for input/feedback, and set your mind to be prepared for a no. Consider the following ways to ask for money:
Clearly and Concisely Ask.
“We want to properly manage our expectations as we move towards the planning phase of our wedding. We would like to know if you plan on financially contributing to our needs for our special day. We have/haven't spoke about this before, but I want to make sure we’re all on the same page.”
If they can't help financially, perhaps they can offer you their time, which can be just as valuable.
Follow Up, Thank You and Acknowledge
After you have a commitment or a consideration, be sure to follow up and say thank you. A phone call and handwritten note are a must. Adding them to your website or the back of a wedding program with special shout-out is a good way to show your appreciation.
2018 has given us a lot of great things: Black Panther, the iPhone X, Beychella and the list goes on! There has also been an abundance of songs perfect for all the moments during your wedding. What do you think about our “Hit 15” list of the best wedding songs of 2018 so far?
1. Beyoncé “Die With You”
2. James Arthur “Say You Won’t Let Go”
3. Calum Scott ft. Leona Lewis “You Are the Reason”
4. Harry Styles “Sweet Creature”
5. Ella Mai ft. John Legend “Everything”
6. Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
7. John Legend ft. Bloodpop “A Good Night”
8. The Carters “SUMMER”
9. Jason Aldean “You Make It Easy”
10. Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
11. Ella Mai “Bood’ Up”
12. Drake “Nice For What”
13. Ariana Grande “sweetener”
14. Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé “Perfect Duet”
15. Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin“I Like It”
There is nothing more beautiful than having super intentional details on your special day. My clients and always have conversations about what is really important.You can have a beautiful event with a simple pops of color. As shown in the photos about the color pallet, although basic, It is definitely something that would make you pause for just a moment and take notice. Keep that in mind as you consider your special event!
Let me start by clarifying, Pinterest is great, we all love Pinterest, but there is cause for great concern when your whole wedding is planned from someone else’s vision for their special day.
Just like you, your big day should reflect your uniqueness, your gifts, your passions and your personal story!
Many women have dreamt big dreams for quite some time and it is easy to get caught up in a Pinterest Fairytale wedding, but when reality sets in of how much those flowers actually cost or what it really takes to upgrade to those fantastic chairs, linens, extended guest count, etc. it’s easy to spiral down the road of not enough.
Not enough money, not enough time, not enough whatever! Stop, just stop. Breathe.
Take out a blank piece of paper and for Pete’s sake dream again!
Get inspiration all day from Pinterest, but please stay true to yourself!
P.S. Mr. and Mrs. McBride's wedding pre-setup is shown above. If they shared that they wanted black and white stripes with pink and gold, someone could have said no way, but we said oh yes! Let's make it work and it did! Checkout more wedding photos in the gallery!
When brides ask about saving money on for a wedding, we give them 3 easy ways to save: